As California lawmakers began Tuesday to consider more than a dozen gun control measures, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa flew to Sacramento to urge them to take "dramatic and heroic" action.
Villaraigosa referred to mass shootings, including the one that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, in asking lawmakers to approve a package of bills dubbed by Democratic leaders as the "Life Act."
The proposals include requirements for licenses and background checks for those buying ammunition. They also would close loopholes on the possession of assault weapons with large-capacity magazines.
"From coast to coast, we have seen too many children killed or living in the aftermath of horrific violence," Villaraigosa told a packed hearing of the Senate Public Safety Committee.