Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

California: NRA & CRPA Oppose Expansion of Los Angeles Gun Purchaser Warning Letter Program and Fee to Be Charged To Firearm Dealers

Friday, February 11, 2011

On February 4, 2011, lawyers for the National Rifle Association (NRA) and California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) submitted an opposition letter to the Los Angeles City Council's proposed expansion of the City's gun purchaser warning letter program (hereafter, "the Program"). CLICK HERE TO SEE A COPY OF THE OPPOSITION LETTER.

The City's Program originally consisted of sending the so-called "warning letters" to new gun buyers who resided in specific neighborhoods in the City. Gun buyers in the targeted areas received the letter from the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. It was signed by the City Attorney, Attorney General of California, and Los Angeles Chief of Police and indicated that the gun purchase had been documented. The letter also stated that the new gun buyer might be prosecuted if he or she transferred the gun without completing a "Dealer Record of Sale" (DROS) form, and the gun was subsequently used in a crime. CLICK HERE TO SEE A COPY OF THE WARNING LETTER. The letters typically arrived a few days into the ten day waiting period on a firearm purchase, and scared some legitimate customers away from completing the sale and picking up the firearm at the end of the waiting period.

There are several problems with the letter Program, and particularly with the Public Safety Committee's proposal to expand it. The letter does not reflect the exceptions in the law that allow some firearm transfers to legally take place without going through a licensed firearm retailer, so it is inaccurate and misleading. And now the City wants to force the few remaining gun dealers in Los Angeles to pay for the City's Program.

The Program began in 2001 as part of a RAND Corporation study and was suspended in 2008 purportedly so that the RAND Corporation could study and report on its effectiveness, although funding may have been a part of the problem. SEE THE RAND REPORT. The researchers subsequently found that the warning letters appeared to have no effect on the legal transfer rate, nor on the short-term rate of guns subsequently turning up in a crime. A 2010 report by the original researchers involved in the RAND study indicates that while the study found that people who received the letter were more likely to report their gun stolen than those who did not receive the letter, they were unable to determine whether the guns reported as stolen were actually stolen, or were merely reported stolen in an attempt to break the gun's paper trail. SEE THE 2010 REPORT.

The Program was raised again on October 5, 2010 by City Council President Eric Garcetti and Council Member Bernard Parks. The Garcetti-Parks motion (Council File 10-1524) seeks to reinstate the Program, and to expand it citywide. The item was transferred to the Public Safety Committee, and discussed at the November 15, 2010 Public Safety Committee meeting. At that time the Committee discussed its desire to reinstate and expand the Program citywide, instead of just targeting specific neighborhoods as the program did previously. But the City does not have enough money for the Program, which a representative from the City Attorney's Office estimated would cost approximately $100,000 annually. The Committee noted that there are only about twelve firearm dealers within the City, and it discussed either requiring firearm dealers to hand out the warning letters to buyers at the time of purchase, and/or making firearm dealers shoulder the cost of the Program if funding cannot be found by the City.

The Public Safety committee continued the agenda item for 60 days to wait for a report back from the City Attorney and Administrative Officer on the feasibility and legality of forcing firearm dealers to fund the Program. The City Attorney report is not yet available.

TRENDING NOW
Rep. Rob Bishop Introduces the "Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act"

News  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Rep. Rob Bishop Introduces the "Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act"

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 2620, the "Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act." This bill would remove ATF's authority to use the ...

Court's Commonsense Conclusion: "There Was a Gun" Isn't Enough to Justify Issuing a Restraining Order

Second Amendment  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Court's Commonsense Conclusion: "There Was a Gun" Isn't Enough to Justify Issuing a Restraining Order

The Supreme Court of North Dakota confirmed this week that simply possessing a handgun while on one’s own private property cannot support a finding of "disorderly conduct" under the state’s disorderly conduct restraining order law. ...

Concealed Carrying Hits New High, Underscores Need for National Law

News  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Concealed Carrying Hits New High, Underscores Need for National Law

Information collected by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) indicates an unprecedented surge in the number of concealed carry permits, with the largest one-year increase on record occurring between May 2016 and May 2017.

Legislation Reintroduced to Permanently Dismantle Obama-Era Enforcement Abuse

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Legislation Reintroduced to Permanently Dismantle Obama-Era Enforcement Abuse

This week, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) reintroduced the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act, a bill aimed at permanently dismantling Operation Choke Point (OCP).  

Illinois: House Committee Passes Bill to Close Local Gun Dealers

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Illinois: House Committee Passes Bill to Close Local Gun Dealers

The House Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 1657 by a 7-6 vote.

Abbott Signs Senate Bill 16, Bringing Texas License To Carry Fees Down to Among Lowest in Nation

News  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Abbott Signs Senate Bill 16, Bringing Texas License To Carry Fees Down to Among Lowest in Nation

The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today applauded Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for signing into law NRA-backed legislation that will make license to carry fees in Texas among the lowest in the ...

New Zealand Police Mislead Current and Prospective Gun Owners

News  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

New Zealand Police Mislead Current and Prospective Gun Owners

Back in April, NRA-ILA alerted readers to the results of the New Zealand Parliament Law and Order Committee’s “Inquiry into issues relating to the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand,” which proposed that a ...

Nevada: Governor Sandoval Signs AB 118!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nevada: Governor Sandoval Signs AB 118!

Today, May 22, Governor Brian Sandoval signed important pro-gun legislation, Assembly Bill 118, into law.  AB 118, sponsored by Assemblyman Skip Daly, will allow members of the military and those who have received an honorable ...

Public Health Researchers Use Common Gun Control Tactic to Mislead on “Children” and Guns

News  

Friday, May 26, 2017

Public Health Researchers Use Common Gun Control Tactic to Mislead on “Children” and Guns

It is one of the most well-worn tactics of those who advocate for gun control. Step one, acquire statistics on firearms injuries among children ages 0-14. Step two, combine these relatively low numbers with the ...

South Carolina: Governor McMaster Signs Pro-Gun Bill

Monday, May 22, 2017

South Carolina: Governor McMaster Signs Pro-Gun Bill

Last Friday, May 19, Governor Henry McMaster (R) signed H. 3429 into law.  This bill went into effect upon the Governor’s approval.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.