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Anti-Gun Legislation Still on the Move in the California Legislature!

Friday, June 17, 2005

Anti-gun legislation, Senate Bill 357, is expected to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, June 28. This bill requires that all handgun ammunition carry a unique serial number engraved on both the bullet and the case and be registered to the purchaser.  SB 357 bans the manufacture, transfer, and possession of non-serialized handgun ammunition after July 1, 2007, and possession of non-serialized ammunition would be a crime. SB 357 would also require ammunition vendors and manufacturers to register with the Department of Justice. Please contact members of the Committee and ask them to oppose SB 357.

Assembly Bill 996 is expected to be considered by the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, June 21 at 9:30 a.m. AB 996 would require all retailers to display and sell ammunition in a manner that is only accessible by an employee, not the purchaser. Any violation of this measure would result in a misdemeanor. This bill has been voted down twice during the 2005 Legislative Session because existing law already makes it a crime to sell ammunition to a minor, or ammunition designed for a handgun to anyone less than 21 years of age.

Assembly Bill 352 is also expected to be considered by the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, June 28. AB 352 expands the definition of "unsafe handguns" to include semi-automatic pistols that are not designed and equipped with an array of microscopic characters which identify the make, model, and serial number of the pistol by imprinting the characters on each cartridge case when the firearm is discharged. This legislation could essentially ban all semi-automatic pistols commonly used by California gun owners.

Please contact members of the Senate Public Safety Committee and ask them to oppose AB 996 and AB 352:

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