On Friday, September 29 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) protected the Second Amendment by returning SB59 to the State Senate and AB2714 to the State Assembly without his signature.
SB59, sponsored by Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-27) would have expanded the definition of the 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 also have 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 five working days after his or her discovery of the theft or loss; or within five working days after the date he or she should have reasonably known of the theft or loss. SB59 would have also allowed local governments to impose even stricter reporting requirements.
AB2714, sponsored by Assembly Member Alberto Torrico (D-20), would have required that no ammunition (or reloaded ammunition) may be sold in a retail transaction unless the purchaser personally presents evidence of his or her identity and age, as specified, to the seller of the ammunition. Additionally, it would have severely undermined California’s state preemption law.
A special thank you to all NRA members for your calls, emails, and faxes
in opposition of SB59 and AB2714 during the legislative session!
Please thank Governor Schwarzenegger today by visiting http://www.govmail.ca.gov/.