PIEDMONT -- It's easier to buy bullets than to buy alcohol, cigarettes and some cold medicines.

That was one of the points that Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, made during a May 10 meeting of the League of Women Voters of Piedmont.

Skinner, who was elected in 2008 to represent the 15th Assembly District, talked to about 30 meeting attendees at a Piedmont home and went over some of the issues she is working on, from gun laws to child care costs.

On the topic of gun-related crime, Skinner, whose district includes parts of Oakland, said it "has some of the highest incidence of gun violence in the U.S.A." Richmond held that title previously, she said, but its gun crime rate has dropped, proving that "even in bad economic times when there is good community and police support, things can change."

Skinner has authored a proposed bill that would give law enforcement officials a database of people who buy bullets. She said Assembly Bill 48 would eliminate the anonymity of people buying ammunition at gun shows in California.

The bill, which has passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee, also makes it illegal for gun owners to buy parts that turn their guns into assault-style weapons.

"California already has some of the best gun control in the country," she said. "But we need national action. The bill wouldn't be a panacea, but when other states don't have the same laws as California, we're put at risk. It's tragic we couldn't get the Senate or Congress to act."

Skinner said Assemblymember Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, is working on a bill that would allow Oakland to enact stronger laws, beyond the state laws, and a tax on ammunition purchases to go toward increased enforcement. Skinner said the economy is beginning to recover and tax revenues are going up. She praised Gov. Jerry Brown for "being smart about spending."

She said as more people with children get more jobs, they will need child care, so "we're trying to restore funding for child care."

Skinner's website hails the recent passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act by the U.S. Senate. If approved by Congress, Internet purchases would be taxed like other retail transactions. The legislation was authored by Skinner, former Assemblymember Charles Calderon, D-Montebello, and state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Oakland, in 2011 and took effect in September 2012.

Skinner's district also includes Hercules, Pinole, El Sobrante, San Pablo, Richmond, El Cerrito, Kensington, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont and parts of Oakland. She serves as chair of the Assembly Rules Committee.