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Update on AB 2858, SB 1733, SB 1140 and SB 1152

Friday, May 7, 2004

Next week, the California Assembly Appropriations Committee will be hearing AB 2858, a bill that will impose a ten percent tax on ammunition and a five percent tax on handguns, with the resulting revenue being deposited in the Firearm Victims Reimbursement Fund.

Also, next week the Senate Appropriations Committee will be hearing: SB 1733 a bill that would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Cow Palace Fairgrounds; and SB 1140, a bill that would make criminal storage of a firearm in the third degree punishable by imprisonment in a county jail, not exceeding six months and a fine not exceeding $1,000.

SB 1152, is a bill that will require any person engaged in the retail sale of ammunition to record the date of sale, along with the name, address, and date-of-birth of the transferee, a thumbprint, and a requirement that the information be made available to peace officers. This bill would also outlaw the sale of ammunition to a person under 18 years of age. As of press-time, this bill had been forwarded to the Senate floor. Please contact your legislators and respectfully urge that they oppose these bills! You can find contact information for your legislators by using the "Write Your Representatives" feature at www.NRAILA.org.

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