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Urgent California Legislative Alert

Friday, August 16, 2002

NRA members must act immediately to stop the advancement of two bills that threaten lawful manufacturers and dealers of firearms and ammunition. Senate Bill 682 and Assembly Bill 496 were introduced this legislative session in response to the California State Supreme Court`s dismissal of a frivolous lawsuit against a firearms manufacturer. These two bills are designed to strip firearms manufacturers of current protection in state law granting them limited statutory immunity from being sued. This limited immunity has been on the books since 1983 and was passed originally to stop greedy lawyers who want to pad their bank accounts while putting this nation`s lawful firearms manufacturers out of business.

The lawyers` allies in this fight are the usual anti-gun suspects, including the gun ban lobby formerly known as HCI and the Million Mom March. These groups want nothing more than the complete and total destruction of our firearms heritage, and view the passage of SB 682 and AB 496 as one more way to reach their goal. Just yesterday, AB 496 passed the Senate and is now back in the Assembly awaiting final action. Now both bills could face a critical vote in the Assembly at any time.

NRA members must act quickly to stop the passage of this legislation! Voice your opposition to Senate Bill 682 and Assembly Bill 496 now. Please call your Assemblyman and urge them to vote no on yet another back door attack on a lawful industry. Call the California State Assembly information office at (916) 445-2323 for contact information for your Assemblyman. You may also contact NRA-ILA Grassroots at (800) 392-VOTE (8683) for more information.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.