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California: Long Gun Registration Bill Advances to Senate Floor for Consideration

Friday, August 13, 2010

It Is Imperative That Your Contact Your State Senator Immediately!

Yesterday, Thursday, August 12, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed Assembly Bill 1810.  The bill now heads to the Senate floor for consideration.  This could be your last opportunity to stop long gun registration in the Golden State.  Because it has already passed the Assembly, the bill’s next stop, if passed by the Senate, would be the desk of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)!

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 your State Senator AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and respectfully voice your opposition to AB1810.  Contact information for your State Senator can be found by clicking
here. 

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