SB59 Defeated on Monday, August 14!
Senate Bill 59, sponsored by Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-27), was defeated by a vote of 40-34 on the Assembly Floor. Forty-one votes were necessary to pass the bill.
SB59 would have expanded the definition of term "firearm" to include the frame or receiver of the gun for purposes of the offense of failure to report a stolen or lost firearm.
This bill would have also made it a crime for any person whose handgun is stolen or irretrievably lost to not report the theft or loss to a local law enforcement agency within 5 working days after his or her discovery of the theft or loss; or within 5 working days after the date he or she should have reasonably known of the theft or loss.
SB59 would also have provided that local governments are not prohibited from enacting ordinances imposing reporting requirements that are more strict than those specified in the bill.
To see how your State Legislators voted on SB59, please visit http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=sb_59&sess=CUR&house=B&author=lowenthal.
A special thank you to all NRA members for your calls and emails
against SB59 during the legislative session!