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Long Gun Registration Bill and Open Carry Ban Awaiting Consideration by California Senate

Monday, August 16, 2010

It Is Imperative That Your Contact Your State Senator Immediately!

Two serious attacks on the Second Amendment freedoms of California’s law-abiding gun owners are currently pending action on the Senate floor.  The time to act is now!

Assembly Bill 1810 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.

Assembly Bill 1934, simply put, would outlaw the open carrying of a handgun for self-defense. This bill is a blatant attack on the self-defense rights of law-abiding Californians.

AB1934 is a knee-jerk reaction by anti-gun legislators to punish citizens for engaging in the legal act of openly carrying an unloaded handgun.  In reality, the open carrying of firearms by law-abiding citizens is forced by California's unfair concealed carry law, which allows some citizens from some counties to receive a permit to carry, while their neighbors in the next county are denied that basic right for political, not public safety, reasons.

This could be your last opportunity to stop long gun registration and the prohibition on open carry in the Golden State.  These bills have already passed the Assembly and their next stop, if passed by the Senate, would be the desk of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R)!

Please contact your State Senator AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and respectfully voice your opposition to AB1810 and AB1934.  Contact information for your State Senator can be found by clicking here. 

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