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California Anti-Gun Legislation Continues to be Heard in Committee!

Friday, July 8, 2005

Anti-gun legislation, Senate Bill 357, was re-referred to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations. The amended version of 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, 2009, 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. For a list of committee members and their contact information, please visit www.assembly.ca.gov/acs.

Assembly Bill 352 was re-referred to the Senate Committee on Appropriations. It is expected to be considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, July 11. 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.

Assembly Bill 88 is also expected to be heard by the Senate Committee on Appropriations on Monday, July 11.  AB 88 would change existing law by placing additional penalties for violations involving "assault weapons" and .50 BMG rifles. Please contact members of the Senate Committee Appropriations and ask them to oppose both AB 352 and AB 88. For a list of committee members and their contact information, please visit www.sen.ca.gov.

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