California: Update on Anti-Gun Activities in Sacramento

Posted on May 13, 2013

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Your state legislators MUST hear your OPPOSITION to these anti-gun bills

The assault on our Second Amendment rights continues with anti-gun bills moving through the California Legislature.  Unfortunately, there are several anti-gun bills that have been scheduled to be considered on the state Senate and Assembly floor with more anti-guns bills scheduled to be heard in their respective state Senate and Assembly committee.  Please call and e-mail your state Senator and Assemblyman, along with members of the respective state Senate and Assembly committee urging them to OPPOSE the anti-gun measures below.

The anti-gun bill below is expected to be heard in the state Assembly Appropriations Committee this Wednesday, May 15.  Please call AND e-mail members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee TODAY urging them to OPPOSE SB 48.  Contact information for the Assembly Appropriations Committee here.

Assembly Bill 48 (Skinner) revises the definition of “large-capacity magazine” to mean any ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than ten rounds, including a disassembled large-capacity magazine that is readily restorable, as defined, to accommodate more than ten rounds of ammunition, and an oversize magazine body that appears to hold in excess of ten rounds but has not been permanently altered to only accommodate ten round of ammunition or less and requires a state license to sell ammunition in California.

The following anti-gun bills have passed in their house of origin and are pending committee assignment or a committee hearing in the opposite legislative chamber.

Senate Bill 475 (Leno) requires the prior approval of the board of supervisors of both the County of San Mateo and the City and County of San Francisco to allow a gun show at the Cow Palace.  SB 475 passed in the state Senate by a 25 to 13 vote on May 2 and is now waiting to be scheduled for a hearing date in the state Assembly Public Safety Committee.  We will inform you when this date becomes available.

Assembly Bill 169 (Dickinson) BANS the sale of handguns not on the state-approved roster.  This bill is so flawed that the provisions will BAN the sale of millions of old and used handguns CURRENTLY owned by Californians by dealers and PRIVATE PARTY transfers.  AB 169 passed in the Assembly by a 43 to 27 vote on May 2 and is now waiting to be scheduled for a hearing date in the state Senate Public Safety Committee.  We will inform you when this date becomes available.

The following anti-gun bills are awaiting a vote on the Assembly floor and could be heard at anytime.  Please contact your state Assemblyman and respectfully urge him or her to OPPOSE these anti-gun bills.  Contact information for your state Assemblyman can be found here.

Assembly Bill 180 (Bonta) repeals California’s firearm preemption law by granting Oakland an exemption to enact unique laws regarding possession, registration, licensing and subjecting gun owners to unknowing criminal liability when travelling through Oakland.

Assembly Bill 231 (Ting) expands the law for Criminal Storage of Firearms and child access.  Another bill that will do nothing to reduce California's violent crime problem and only turn law-abiding gun owners into criminals whether or not anything harmful actually happens, and regardless of whether there was any misconduct on the part of the gun owner.  Ultimately, AB 231 is an ill-conceived proposal that places drastic and unprecedented liability on those who choose to exercise their fundamental rights to keep and bear arms.

Assembly Bill 711 (Rendon) BANS the use of all lead ammunition for hunting.  For more information about AB 711, click here.  AB 711 passed in the Assembly Appropriations Committee by an 11 to 5 vote on May 8 and will now move to the full state Assembly for consideration.

The following anti-gun Senate bills are awaiting a vote on the Senate floor and could be brought up at any time.  Please contact your state Senator and respectfully urge him or her to OPPOSE these anti-gun bills.  Contact information for your state Senator can be found here.

Senate Bill 108 (Yee) requires mandatory locked storage of firearms within a locked house regardless of whether anyone is present.

Senate Bill 299 (DeSaulnier) turns victims of firearm theft into criminals for failing to report the loss of their firearm within 48 hours.

The following bills have been placed on the state Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file.  These bills are not dead and are expected to be heard May 23 or 24.  Call AND e-mail members of the state Senate Appropriations Committee urging them to OPPOSE the bills below.  Contact information for the state Senate Appropriations Committee can be found here.

Senate Bill 47 (Yee) expands the definition of “assault weapons” to BAN the future sale of rifles that have been designed/sold and are equipped to use the “bullet button” or similar device, requires NEW “assault weapon” registration of ALL those semi-auto rifles that are currently possessed to retain legal possession in the future, and subjects these firearms to all other “assault weapons” restrictions.

Senate Bill 53 (DeLeon) requires persons to buy an annual ammunition purchase permit, requires the registration and thumbprint of the purchaser for each ammunition purchase, and bans online and mail order sales of ammunition to Californians.

Senate Bill 293 (DeSaulnier) BANS the sale of conventional handguns, if the state Department of Justice approves the sale of “Owner Authorized – Smart” handgun technology.

Senate Bill 374 (Steinberg) expands the definition of "assault weapons" to BAN the future transfer of all semi-auto rifles that accept detachable magazines (including those chambered for rimfire cartridges) and virtually all semi-auto rifles with fixed magazines (primarily those chambered for rimfire cartridges), requires NEW "assault weapon" registration, requires registration of ALL those semi-auto rifles that are currently possessed to retain legal possession in the future, and subjects these firearms to all other "assault weapon" restrictions.

Senate Bill 396 (Hancock) BANS the POSSESSION of any magazine with a capacity to accept more than ten cartridges, including currently legally possessed "grandfathered large capacity” magazines.

Senate Bill 567 (Jackson) expands the definition of shotgun for “short-barreled shotguns” that are illegal to own.  The current definition in the proposed law is so flawed it can include reclassify handguns shooting "Shot-shells" as shotguns.

Senate Bill 755 (Wolk) expands the list of persons prohibited from owning a firearm, including persons who have operated cars and boats while they are impaired commonly referred to as DUI.

The following anti-gun bills have been placed on the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee suspense file.  These bills are not dead and are expected to be heard May 23 or 24.  Contact information for the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee can be found here.

Assembly Bill 187 (Bonta) imposes an addition ten percent sales tax on ammunition.

Assembly Bill 760 (Dickinson) imposes a sales tax of .05 cents per ammunition component (complete cartridge, bullet or case).

You can write your representative here urging them to OPPOSE the anti-gun bills listed above.  Please feel free to also copy and paste all the bill information to ensure your state legislators know which bills to OPPOSE.

You can also send a letter to all elected officials in California here.  Please feel free to copy and paste all the bill information above to ensure the elected officials of California know which bills to OPPOSE.

You can also find information about anti-gun and pro-gun legislation in California at www.calnra.com.

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