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California’s Legislative Crossover Date is Fast Approaching

Friday, May 20, 2011

Call and e-mail your state legislators TODAY!

 

Friday, June 3, is California’s legislative crossover date.  If bills do not pass in their respective chamber by this deadline, then they are defeated for the year.  Below is an update on the status of anti-gun bills currently pending and also who needs to be contacted to OPPOSE these bills. 

 

Please forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners and urge them to also call and e-mail their state legislators to OPPOSE all anti-gun bills.  We need to keep the pressure on the state Legislature.

 

The state Senate is expected to vote on Senate Bill 427 this Monday, May 23.   Introduced by anti-gun extremist state Senator Kevin De León (D-22), SB 427 would force licensed state ammunition retailers to obtain a special local license to operate in municipalities.  These retailers would also be required to notify local law enforcement before conducting business within their jurisdiction.  Anti-gun activists are determined to take away gun ownership piece by piece and this bill targets ammunition.  Please call and e-mail your state Senator TODAY and urge him or her to OPPOSE SB 427.  Contact information for your state Senator can be found here.

 

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The following anti-gun bills are still in the state Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committee suspense file.  We expect these bills to be voted on this coming week.  It is critical that you call and e-mail members of the state Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committee TODAY and urge them to OPPOSE the bills listed below.  Contact information for the state Senate Appropriations Committee can be found here.  Contact information for the state Assembly Appropriations Committee can be found here.

 

Senate Bill 124, introduced by anti-gun extremist state Senator Kevin De León, would create a broadly expanded and technically flawed definition of handgun ammunition which would encompass virtually all rifle cartridges.  It would also ban the possession of many types of rifle cartridges and make it a felony to possess them.  SB 124 doesn’t stop there; it could also ban virtually all non-lead ammunition used in California by reclassifying them as “armor piercing.”  If this bill did not already make owning a firearm difficult, an amendment was added by the bill sponsor to further add more problems for gun owners. SB 124 would also require the registration of ammunition and banning of mail-order ammunition. This bill has enormous ramifications for California gun owners and sportsmen to include a complete ban on hunting in the California condor zone in which the use of lead ammunition is prohibited for hunting.  Please call and e-mail members of the state Senate Appropriations Committee OPPOSING SB 142.

 

Senate Bill 819, introduced by F-rated state Senator Mark Leno (D-3), would allow Dealer Record of Sales (DROS) funds to go to the Department of Justice to help pay for the enforcement of California firearm possession laws.  The DROS fund monies were originally collected from every firearm purchaser to pay for the administrative process for background checks.  However, these funds have been raided to help the Department of Justice pay their bills.  As a result, the DROS fund will certainly run out of money.  When it does, what will be their answer to this problem – another increase in the fees for background checks.  Please call and e-mail members of the state Senate Appropriations Committee OPPOSING SB 819.

 

Assembly Bill 809, introduced again by F-rated Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-42), would establish a state registration system, similar to the one currently in place for handguns, for all newly-acquired rifles and shotguns.  Under AB 809, 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.  Please call and e-mail members of the state Assembly Appropriations Committee OPPOSING AB 809.

 

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The two anti-gun bills below have passed their respective chambers and are expected to be assigned to the state Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committee. 

 

Please call and e-mail members of the state Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committee urging them to OPPOSE SB 798 and AB 144.  These bills will do NOTHING to lower crime in California.  Contact information for the state Senate Public Safety Committee can be found here.  Contact information for the state Assembly Committee can be found here.

 

Senate Bill 798, introduced by anti-gun extremist state Senator Kevin De León, passed in the Senate Public Safety Committee by a 5 to 2 vote and is now awaiting third reading in the full Senate.  This bill would treat air and BB guns the same as a toy gun by requiring the entire exterior surface of the device to be white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, or bright purple as the predominate color.  BB guns are not toys and should not be treated as or manufactured like a toy. SB 798 passed in the state Senate by a 21 to 16 vote.

 

Assembly Bill 144, introduced by anti-gun Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-44), would change the state’s gun laws and prohibit law-abiding citizens from carrying an unloaded handgun openly.  AB 144 passed in the state Assembly by a 45 to 29 vote.

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