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Friday, June 27, 2008

The California Senate is considering three anti-gun bills which attack different facets of our Second Amendment and hunting freedoms.

Assembly Bill 1634 passed out of the Senate Local Government Committee and is headed for consideration in the Senate Appropriations Committee. 

AB1634, “The California Healthy Pets Act,” is being pushed by radical animal “rights” and anti-hunting organizations and is an affront to our hunting heritage and private property rights.  This measure requires every dog older than four months to be spayed or neutered.  Owners hoping to breed their dogs at some point during their lives would be required to apply annually to their local government for an "intact" permit. Except under very limited circumstances, the local government official has the power to deny issuance of an intact permit without cause. The cost of the annual permit is unspecified in the legislation and is to be determined by the local government. Penalty for non-compliance is a $500 fine imposed by the state and any additional fines imposed by the local government.

This legislation threatens to keep hunters and other dog owners from making decisions based upon their own personal circumstances. It will prevent hunters from continuing the tradition of occasionally breeding their favorite dog in order to provide other hunters with good dogs and defray some of the costs associated with caring for their animals. From a financial perspective, the bill discriminates against hunters with limited budgets. 

Also en route to the Senate Appropriations Committee is Assembly Bill 2235.  Passed by the Senate Public Safety Committee earlier this week, AB2235 would prohibit 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.  

Finally, Assembly Bill 2948 could be headed for action on the Senate floor.  Introduced by State Assembly Member Mark Leno (D-13), this bill would ban the sale of firearms and ammunition on the property or inside the buildings that comprise the Cow Palace. 

Please contact your State Senator and the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose these threats to our Second Amendment and hunting freedoms.  Contact information for your State Senator can be found here.  Contact information for the Senate Appropriations Committee is below. 

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE:

State Senator Tom Torlakson (Chair)
Phone: (916) 651-4007
Fax: (916) 445-2527

State Senator Dave Cox (Vice Chair)
Phone: (916) 651-4001
Fax: (916) 324-2680

State Senator Samuel Aanestad
Phone: (916) 651-4004
Fax: (916) 445-7750

State Senator Roy Ashburn
Phone: (916) 651-4018
Fax: (916) 322-3304

State Senator Gilbert Cedillo
Phone:  (916) 651-4022
Fax:  (916) 327-8817

State Senator Ellen Corbett
Phone:  (916) 651-4010
Fax:  (916) 327-2433

State Senator Robert Dutton
Phone: (916) 651-4031
Fax: (916) 327-2272

State Senator Dean Florez
Phone:  (916) 651-4016
Fax:  (916) 327-5989

State Senator Sheila Kuehl
Phone:  (916) 651-4023
Fax:  (916) 324-4823
senator.kuehl@sen.ca.gov

State Senator Jenny Oropeza
Phone: (916) 651-4028
Fax: (916) 323-6056

State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas
Phone: (916) 651-4026
Fax: (916) 445-8899

State Senator George Runner
Phone: (916) 651-4017
Fax: (916) 445-4662

State Senator Joe Simitian
Phone: (916) 651-4011
Fax: (916) 323-4529

State Senator Mark Wyland
Phone: (916) 651-4038

Fax: (916) 446-7382

State Senator Leland Yee
Phone: (916) 651-4008
Fax: (916) 327-2186

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