As reported last week, the State Senate adjourned with no action on Assembly Bill 352 or Senate Bill 357. These bills cannot be acted upon until the second half of the session begins next year.
AB 352 would expand 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.
SB 357 would require 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.
Thank you for all of your efforts this year to defeat AB 352 and SB 357!
As the session reconvenes in 2006, we will keep you informed of any actions taken on these measures.
Unfortunately, Assembly Bill 996 has passed out of the legislature. 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.
Please contact Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office and ask him to oppose this onerous legislation further restricting your rights!
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
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