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California Legislative Update

Monday, January 27, 2003

Two anti-gun bills have been introduced in the California Legislature. AB 50, sponsored by Assemblyman Paul Koretz (D-42), would restrict the sale and ownership of .50 Caliber BMG rifles. Although this is a retread of last year`s bill that failed passage, Assemblyman Koretz is pinning his hopes on a batch of new legislators to give him the votes he needs to push AB 50 through the legislature.

Also, anti-gun Senator Jack Scott (D-21) has introduced SB 35, a measure that would give the California Department of Justice the authority to establish and maintain a ballistic identification database. The fees incurred to administer the database would be passed onto the manufacturers, dealers, and consumers. Scott offers his proposal in spite of the fact that the California DOJ has already studied the idea of ballistic "fingerprinting," and the results indicate such a proposal is impractical and unreliable. For more information on AB 50 and SB 35, click here to go to the Legislature`s website. Please contact your state lawmakers to voice your opposition to these bills. You can find contact information by using our Write Your Reps tool.

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