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California Legislative Update

Friday, April 27, 2001

After moving Assembly Bill 35 (Shelley) off of last Wednesday`s schedule due to the external pressure created by phone calls, faxes and e-mails from NRA members (thank you!), the Assembly`s Appropriations Committee has rescheduled a hearing on the bill Wednesday, May 2nd. AB 35, one of two handgun licensing bills up this session, is a measure that would mandate that all handgun purchasers, as of January 1, 2002, obtain a license before taking possession of the firearm. In order for the license to be issued, applicants must have their thumbprint taken during the application process and undergo a written and shooting proficiency test as administered by their local law enforcement agency.

As that there are no funding mechanisms built into the bill, the financial burden placed on the licensees and law enforcement agencies will be tremendous. That means officers who are currently assigned to protect our streets will be pulled from duty to administer written tests to law-abiding citizens who seek a license!

Another important component of this expensive and discriminatory measure is that only those individuals who speak English will be able to understand the application, written test, and/or testing procedures. The fact that California`s citizens can currently obtain a drivers license in thirty-one languages but cannot obtain a handgun license in more than one is blatantly ignoring the diverse complexity of this state.

This is why it`s vital that, again, you contact the members of the Assembly`s Appropriations Committee today and voice your opposition to AB 35 on the grounds that it`s too costly, too prejudicial, and turns our cops into "clerks"! All area codes (916) - voice and fax numbers included.

Committee MemberPhone/FaxCommittee MemberPhone/Fax
Carole Migden, Chair319-2013  319-2113Dion Aroner319-2014   319-2114
Patricia Bates, Vice-Chair319-2073  319-2173Lou Correa319-2069   319-2169
Robert Pacheco319-2060  319-2160 Kevin Shelley319-2012   319-2112
Abel Maldonado319-2033  319-2133 Herb Wesson319-2047   319-2147
George Runner319-2036  319-2136Helen Thomson319-2008   319-2108
Charlene Zettel319-2075 319-2175    Patricia Wiggins319-2007   319-2107
Roy Ashburn319-2032  319-2132Lou Papan319-2019   319-2119
Lynn Daucher319-2072  319-2172 Rod Wright319-2048   319-2148
Elaine AlquistJackie Goldberg319-2045   319-2145
Gil Cedillo319-2046  319-2146       Joe Simitian319-2021  319-2121
Ellen Corbett319-2018  319-2118

For more information on AB 35, and other CA bills , please go to http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment!

National Rifle Association of America
Institute for Legislative Action

555 Capitol Mall, Suite 625 - Sacramento, CA 9581
916/ 446-2455 916/ 448-7469 (Fax)
nrasaccaoffice@mindspring.com
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