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Long Gun Registration Bill to be Heard this Monday in Sacramento

Friday, July 8, 2011

Contact members of the Senate Appropriations Committee TODAY to OPPOSE AB 809!

The state Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear Assembly Bill 809, long gun registration, this Monday, July 11.

AB 809, introduced for the second consecutive year by F-rated Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-42), would expand California’s registration scheme to include long guns.

AB 809 has already passed in the state Assembly by a 47 to 29 vote and it is critical that you call AND e-mail members of the state Senate Appropriations Committee TODAY to OPPOSE AB 809.  This bill must be stopped.  Contact information for this Committee can be found here.

This dangerous bill is a direct assault on gun rights because the only real value of registration is to help governments confiscate firearms in the future.  On top of the violation of Second Amendment rights, expanding the registry to include rifles and shotguns would be a huge waste of taxpayer money at a time when California is drowning in debt.  The cost estimate being used by the anti-gunners is $400,000, a number that is almost certainly far less than it will actually cost to implement and enforce this registry, if enacted.

Apparently, anti-gun legislators in Sacramento don’t know how to learn from failures elsewhere.  In 1995, Canada tried to implement a long gun registration system.  In 2006 and billions of dollars later, many in Parliament are fighting to repeal the failed long gun registry.  The Canadian government discovered by trial and error what gun owners already knew: gun registration is of no real value to law enforcement; does not cause criminals to register their guns or reduce their access to guns; is next to impossible to implement; and is extremely costly.  Canada has spent billions trying to implement and enforce their gun registry – far more than proponents claimed it would cost.  Since California has three million more people than Canada, logic tells you that a long gun registry will cost California taxpayers far more than the estimates – certainly more than hundreds of thousands, and perhaps, as the Canadians found out the hard way, billions.

It is critical that you call AND e-mail members of the state Senate Appropriations Committee TODAY to OPPOSE AB 809.  

This bill is simply a means for anti-gun activists to register more of your guns to be in a position to enforce another state gun ban in the future!

Please forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners across California asking them to also call and e-mail members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to OPPOSE AB 809.

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