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Pressure Still Needed on the California Legislature to Oppose Anti-Gun Legislation

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Contact your state Senator and Assemblyman TODAY!

The California Legislature is back to work and it is crucial that all California gun owners and sportsmen keep the pressure on their state Senator and Assemblyman to OPPOSE all anti-gun legislation. Don’t forget to forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners across California urging them to contact their state legislators.

The following bills are scheduled to be heard this Monday, August 22, for final reading in the state Senate and Assembly.  It is imperative that you contact your state Senator and Assemblyman TODAY to OPPOSE these bills, because if they pass, the next stop is the Governor’s office for his consideration. 

Call AND e-mail your state Senator TODAY and urge him or her to OPPOSE the following bill:

Contact information can be found here.

Assembly Bill 144, back for a second consecutive year, would ban the open carrying of an unloaded handgun.  In reality, the open carrying of firearms by law-abiding citizens is caused by California’s unfair concealed carry laws, which allow citizens from one county to apply for and receive a permit while neighbors in the next county are denied that basic right in an arbitrary manner.

Call and e-mail your state Assemblyman TODAY and urge him or her to OPPOSE:

Contact information can be found here.

 Senate Bill 427 would grant authority to law enforcement to collect sales records from ammunition retailers, require ammunition vendors to notify local law enforcement of their intention to engage in the business of selling ammunition AND include a list of “calibers” which would have to be registered at the point-of-purchase.  This would include ammunition popular among hunters and collectors that has no association with crime. This point-of-sale registration of all ammunition purchases in the state would be available for inspection by the California Department of Justice at any time.  If enacted, SB 427 would add significant costs to the state, in terms of enforcement and lost sales tax revenue by driving business out-of-state.

Senate Bill 798 would overturn California’s long-standing preemption statute that promotes consistent statewide regulation of air-soft guns, BB guns, and imitation firearms.  California’s statute preempting local regulation of air-soft guns, BB guns and imitation firearms was passed in 1988 in response to violations that occurred due to the confusion caused by a patchwork of varying local ordinances. This firearms preemption statute was necessary to avoid the very problems that SB 798 will create if enacted.

Anti-gun extremists are working hard to eliminate gun ownership in California by any possible means.  WE need to work harder to remind them that the Constitution still applies to California. Take action today and help save California from destroying what our Founding Fathers established over two centuries ago – FREEDOM.

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