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Anti-Freedom Bills Scheduled to be Considered in the Golden State

Friday, April 10, 2009

Senate to Consider Gun Show Ban and Animal “Rights” Bill

Two anti-freedom bills have been scheduled for a hearing in Sacramento.

Senate Bill 585, introduced by State Senator Mark Leno (D-3),
would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition on the property or inside the buildings that comprise the Cow Palace.  In short, SB585 is a stepping-stone to banning gun shows on an publicly-owned property in California.  This bill will be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, April 14.

Senate Bill 250,
sponsored by State Senator Dean Florez (D-16), would require that all dogs older than six months be spayed or neutered unless owners acquire an "unaltered" license.  Even if you obtain an “unaltered” license you may still be required to spay or neuter your dog.  An “unaltered” license may be denied or revoked for the most minor violations of local animal ordinances.  Even the most conscientious and vigilant dog owners have had their dogs escape a home or fenced yard.  If SB250 becomes law and animal control authorities impound the escaped dog, the owner will be required, with no exceptions, to spay or neuter the dog.  This is but one example of the radical provisions within this overreaching legislation.   

SB250 is scheduled to be considered by the Senate Local Government Committee on Wednesday, April 15.  It is critical that dog owners voice their opposition.

SB250 is being pushed by radical animal “rights” and anti-hunting organizations and is an affront to our hunting heritage and private property rights. Owners who plan to breed their dogs at some point during their lives would be required to apply to the government for an "unaltered" license. The cost of the license is unspecified.

This legislation threatens to keep hunters and other dog owners from making decisions based upon their own personal circumstances. It would 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.

Please contact the members of the Senate Public Safety Committee and the Senate Local Government Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose SB585 and SB250.  Contact information can be found below.

SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE:


State Senator Mark Leno (D-3), Chair
(916) 651-4003
senator.leno@senate.ca.gov

State Senator John J. Benoit (R-37), Vice-Chair
(916) 651-4037

State Senator Gilbert Cedillo (D-22)
(916) 651-4022

State Senator Loni Hancock (D-9)
(916) 651-4009


State Senator Robert Huff (R-29)
(916) 651-4029

State Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-6)
(916) 651-4006

State Senator Roderick Wright (D-25)
(916) 651-4025

SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE:

State Senator Patricia Wiggins (D-2),Chair
(916) 651-4002

State Senator Dave Cox (R-1), Vice-Chair
(916) 651-4001

State Senator Samuel Aanestad (R-4)
(916) 651-4004

State Senator Christine Kehoe (D-39)
(916) 651-4039

State Senator Lois Wolk (D-5)
(916) 651-4005

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