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California: Long Gun Registration Bill Still Pending Consideration

Friday, August 6, 2010

 Please Continue to Contact the Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee!


Earlier this week, Assembly Bill 1810 was placed in the suspense file by the Senate Appropriations Committee.   However, AB1810 could be resurrected in a special hearing next week.  


It is imperative that you start calling the Senate Appropriations Committee IMMEDIATELY and urge them to OPPOSE AB1810. 

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 continue contacting the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee 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 Roy Ashburn
(916) 651-4018

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

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