California: Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard in the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committee This Week

Posted on May 1, 2011

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Please contact members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees Today!

 

On May 2 and May 4, the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees will be hearing anti-gun bills that will have major implications for California gun owners and sportsmen if passed and enacted. Senate Bill 124 would ban virtually all handgun and rifle ammunition and cartridges.  Assembly Bill 144 would ban open carry of firearms. Assembly Bill 809 would require long gun registration.

 

The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to hear SB 124 this Monday, May 2 at 11:00 A.M. in Room 4203. Introduced by anti-gun extremist state Senator Kevin De León (D-22), SB 124 would create a broadly expanded and technically flawed definition of handgun ammunition which would encompass virtually all rifle cartridges.  It would also ban the possession of many types of rifle cartridges and make it a felony to possess them.  SB 124 doesn’t stop there, it could also ban virtually all non-lead ammunition used in California by reclassifying them as “armor piercing.”  If enacted, this bill could result in a complete ban on hunting in the California condor zone where the use of lead ammunition is prohibited for hunting.  This bill has enormous ramifications for California gun owners and sportsmen.

 If this bill did not already make owning a firearm difficult, an amendment was added by the bill sponsor to further add more problems for gun owners. SB 124 would also require the registration of ammunition and the banning of mail-order ammunition.

 

Call and e-mail members of the Senate Appropriations Committee TODAY urging them to OPPOSE SB 124.  Contact information for the Senate Appropriations Committee can be found here.

 

The Assembly Appropriations Committee is expected to hear AB 144 and AB 809 this Wednesday, May 4.  AB 144 is just another bill to further stifle law-abiding gun owners from exercising their right to keep and bear arms.  Introduced by anti-gun Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-44), AB 144 would change the state’s gun laws and prohibit law-abiding citizens from carrying an unloaded handgun openly.  It is currently legal to carry an unloaded handgun into most public places within the state, including restaurants and malls, but if approved, AB 144 would make it a misdemeanor to carry an unloaded handgun in public under most circumstances.

 

Introduced again by F-rated Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-42), AB 809 would establish a state registration system, similar to the one currently in place for handguns, for all newly-acquired rifles and shotguns.  Under AB 809, the make, model and serial number of the firearm as well as the identifying information of the purchaser would be recorded and kept on file by the California Attorney General’s office. 

 

Please call and e-mail members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee urging them to OPPOSE AB 144 and AB 809. Contact information for the Assembly Appropriations Committee can be found here.

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