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Urgent Action Needed to Protect Our Rights in California!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Please Make Your Voice Heard Today!

Three threats to our Second Amendment rights are still pending action in the California Legislature and we must take action today to preserve our freedoms.

Assembly Bill 2948 is en route to the Assembly floor for deliberation and could be voted on ANY DAY.  Sponsored by State Assembly Member Mark Leno (D-13), AB2948 would ban the sale of firearms and ammunition on the property or inside the buildings that comprise the Cow Palace.

Assembly Bill 2062 is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, May 14 in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  Authored by State Assembly Member Kevin De Leon (D-45), AB2062 would require that law-abiding gun owners obtain a permit to buy handgun ammunition and would impose severe restrictions on the private transfers of handgun ammunition.  Applicants for a “permit-to-purchase” would be required to submit to a background check, pay a $35 fee, and wait as long as 10 days to receive the permit. 

Under AB2062, it would be unlawful to privately transfer more than 50 rounds of ammunition per month, even between family and friends, unless you are registered as a “handgun ammunition vendor” in the Department of Justice’s database.  Ammunition retailers would have to be licensed and store ammunition in such a manner that it would be inaccessible to purchasers.  The bill would also require vendors to keep a record of the transaction including the ammunition buyer’s name, driver’s license, the quantity, caliber, type of ammunition purchased, and right thumbprint, which would be submitted to the Department of Justice.  Vendors would be required to contact the purchase permit database to verify the validity of a permit before completing a sale.  All ammunition sales in the state of California would be subject to a $3 per transaction tax.  Lastly, mail order ammunition sales would be prohibited.  Any violator of AB2062 would be subject to civil fines.

Finally, Assembly Bill 2235 was placed in the suspense file where it is temporarily dead.  The bill still could be reconsidered at a later date.  AB2235 is a bill to forbid the sale of handguns other than "owner-authorized (or “smart”) handguns" -- that is, handguns with a permanent, programmable biometric feature that renders the firearm useless unless activated by the authorized user.   No proven, viable handgun of this type has ever been developed.

Introduced by Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier (D-11), AB2235 would require the Attorney General to report to the Governor and Legislature on the availability of owner-authorized handguns; once the Attorney General finds that these guns are available, only “owner-authorized” handguns could be approved for sale in California.  

The law enforcement community has even expressed concerns about the use of this technology in firearms.  How often has your computer malfunctioned while simply sitting stationary on your desktop?  With that in mind, are you willing to put your personal safety, and that of your loved ones, in the hands of a sensitive computer system exposed to recoil, heat, solvents, dirt and grime?  For an informative article about smart guns and the New Jersey law this bill is based on, please click here.

Please continue contacting your State Assembly Member respectfully urging them to oppose AB2948 and AB2062.  Contact information can be found by clicking here.  Also, don’t forget to contact the Assembly Appropriations Committee to continue voicing your opposition to AB2235.  Contact information for the Committee can be found below.

Assembly Member Mark Leno - Chair (D-13)
(916) 319-2013
Assemblymember.leno@assembly.ca.gov

Assembly Member Mimi Walters - Vice Chair (R-73)
(916) 319-2073
Assemblymember.walters@assembly.ca.gov  

Assembly Member Anna M. Caballero (D-28)
(916) 319-2028
Assemblymember.Caballero@assembly.ca.gov  

Assembly Member Mike Davis (D-48)
(916) 319-2048
Assemblymember.Davis@assembly.ca.gov  

Assembly Member Mark DeSaulnier (D-11)
(916) 319-2011
Assemblymember.DeSaulnier@assembly.ca.gov  

Assembly Member Bill Emmerson (R-63)
(916) 319-2063
Assemblymember.emmerson@assembly.ca.gov  

Assembly Member Warren T. Furutani (D-55)
(916) 319-2055
Assemblymember.Furutani@assembly.ca.gov  

Assembly Member Jared Huffman (D-6)
(916) 319-2006
Assemblymember.Huffman@assembly.ca.gov  

Assembly Member Betty Karnette (D-54)
(916) 319-2054
Assemblymember.Karnette@assembly.ca.gov  

Assembly Member Paul Krekorian (D-43)
(916) 319-2043
Assemblymember.Krekorian@assembly.ca.gov  

Assembly Member Doug La Malfa (R-2)
(916) 319-2002
Assemblymember.lamalfa@assembly.ca.gov  

Assembly Member Ted W. Lieu (R-53)
(916) 319-2053
Assemblymember.Lieu@assembly.ca.gov  

Assembly Member Fiona Ma (D-12)
(916) 319-2012
Assemblymember.Ma@assembly.ca.gov  

Assembly Member Alan Nakanishi (R-10)
(916) 319-2010
Assemblymember.nakanishi@assembly.ca.gov

Assembly Member Pedro Nava (D-35)
(916) 319-2035
Assemblymember.nava@assembly.ca.gov  

Assembly Member Sharon Runner (R-36)
(916) 319-2036
Assemblywoman.Runner@assembly.ca.gov  

Assembly Member Jose Solorio (D-69)
(916) 319-2069
Assemblymember.solorio@assembly.ca.gov  

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