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New California laws taking effect on Jan. 1

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - With the new year just days away, states all over the country are gearing up to implement some new laws.

That, of course includes right here in California. Come Jan. 1st -- you'll see changes on a number of things from texting and driving to long gun purchases.

"Just Guns" owner, Josh Deaser says in the last week of 2013, long gun sales at his Sacramento-area store have gone up 30-50 percent.

It's a trend store owners all over the state have reported seeing.

The reason for these last minute purchases?

Some say gun buyers are trying to beat a new California law that goes into effect on Jan. 1st. It creates a registry for long guns much like the one already in place for handguns.

That means, the make, model, and serial number of a gun, as well as the person who owns it, will be tracked and put into a Department of Justice database.

Lawmakers say it's for safety, others don't see the point.

"The other people, that really don't care about the law...they're going to get their hands on guns anyway," one man said.

Another change come Jan. 1st has to do with teens texting and driving.

The new law closes a loophole in the old law which allowed all California drivers to text using hands free voice-activated technology.

Now, only adults will be allowed that option.

Another law pertaining to kids under the age of 18, gives transgender kindergarten through 12th grade students certain rights.

AB1266 will allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want. They will also have the right to choose whether they want to play boys' or girls' sports.

Stampp Corbin, publisher of San Diego-based LGBT weekly says, the law will help prevent bullying and allow for equal rights.

"This is just moving things forward...they need to be accommodated. They are not different, they are just Americans," Corbin said. 

Other California laws you'll see include several regarding the DMV. One, is the three-feet for safety act, which requires drivers to have three feet of space before passing a bicycle.

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