In the News

Monday, July 8 2019

GLENDALE – California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the 2019-2020 state budget with $5 million included for the Armenian American Museum. The 2019-2020 budget provides $4 million in new funding for the museum and $1 million in reallocated funding. The approval brings the State of California’s total investment in the museum to $8 million.

Thursday, July 4 2019

Several gun advocacy groups filed a lawsuit this week challenging new California rules banning the sale of firearms to people under 21, arguing that people ages 18 to 20 years are adults with the legal right to bear arms. 

The lawsuit, filed Monday in San Diego, targets multiple California laws, including one introduced last year by Democratic state Sen. Anthony Portantino following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Wednesday, July 3 2019

The group is called the Calguns Foundation and Firearms Policy Coalition.  They take issue with the state’s new law banning the sale of firearms to people under the age of 21.  The group filed a lawsuit in San Diego County this week, saying people over the age of 18 are adults who have legal rights to own pistols and rifles.  State Senator Anthony Portantino is behind the law with the Democrat from the foothills of Los Angeles County saying the shooting at a high school in Florida that left 17 dead was an unnecessary nightmare.

Wednesday, July 3 2019

The Old West desert town of Needles, California, is where the beleaguered Joad family crossed the Colorado River into California in John Steinbeck’s classic novel “The Grapes of Wrath” and was a boyhood home to “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz.

These days, Needles is gaining notoriety for another reason. Leaders have declared it a “sanctuary city” for people who believe California’s strict gun laws have encroached too much on their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

Tuesday, July 2 2019

“I’m outraged that some people would work so hard to put our school children in jeopardy by fighting this very sensible and appropriate law. Parents should not be worried about purchasing bulletproof backpacks or afraid of gun violence on our campuses when California has already put in place an effort to alleviate those concerns,” Portantino said.

The senator said the law does not discriminate against young people.