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California's Long Gun Registration Bill Moving Forward

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Please Contact the Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee Today!

Yesterday, Tuesday, June 29, two very dangerous anti-gun bills were up for consideration in Sacramento.

Assembly Bill 1810 was passed by the Senate Public Safety Committee by a vote of 4-2.  The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.

AB1810 would establish a registration system, similar to the one currently in place for handguns, for all newly-acquired long guns.  Under AB1810, the make, model and serial number of the firearm as well as the identifying information of the purchaser would be recorded and kept on file by the California Attorney General’s office. 

If AB1810 were enacted, violent criminals would continue doing what they do now – obtain firearms through illegal means.  This bill would not decrease crime but will rather have disastrous effects on the already financially unstable Golden State.  AB1810 would impose additional burdens on California’s taxpayers to maintain the registration system as well as on the state’s licensed firearms dealers, small businesses who already deal with extensive business requirements. 

One simply needs to look at Canada, a nation with draconian firearms registration, to see the results – billions in cumulative administrative costs, annual cost overruns, no clear substantiation of public safety benefits, unjust prosecution, and a bureaucratic complexity that daunts those willing to comply.  Ironically, California is considering a new registration scheme as Canada is considering doing away with its system.

Please contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose AB1810.  Contact information for the committee can be found below.

State Senator Christine Kehoe (Chair)
(916) 651-4039

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

State Senator Elaine Alquist
(916) 651-4013

State Senator Ellen Corbett
(916) 651-4010

State Senator Jeff Denham
(916) 651-4012

State Senator Mark Leno
(916) 651-4003

State Senator Curren Price
(916) 651-4026

State Senator Mimi Walters
(916) 651-4033

State Senator Lois Wolk
(916) 651-4005

State Senator Mark Wyland
(916) 651-4038

State Senator Leland Yee
(916) 651-4008

Assembly Bill 2223 was defeated by a 3-3 vote in the Senate Natural Resources Committee. 

AB2223 would have outlawed the use of lead shot when shooting or hunting in state-run wildlife management areas.  There is no scientific evidence justifying this proposed ban.  It was intended only to discourage hunting in California and that is why the Humane Society of the United States
was pushing for it.

Thank you to all of the NRA members who answered the call and voiced their opposition to AB2223.  Without you, this victory would not have been possible.
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