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California Legislative Update for the Week of August 22

Friday, August 26, 2011

Contact your state Senator and Assemblymember TODAY!

Your action is needed to stop anti-gun bills from being passed by the California Legislature during its last two weeks of session. The California Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees met on Thursday and there was action on three anti-gun bills and one pro-gun bill.

The Assembly Appropriations Committee passed the following bills out of the committee:

Anti-gun bill SB 798 (BB and Air gun regulation) passed by a 5 to 2 vote and was sent back to the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

Anti-gun bill SB 819 (Reallocation of Dealer Record of Sales (DROS) funds) passed by a 12 to 5 vote and it will be sent to the Assembly floor for final consideration.

The NRA-backed pro-gun bill SB 610 (Right to Carry application process reform) passed by a unanimous 17 to 0 vote and it will be sent to the Assembly floor for final consideration.

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed anti-gun bill AB 809 (long gun registration) by a 6 to 3 vote and it will be sent to the Senate floor for final consideration.

 Please CALL and E-MAIL your state Senator to OPPOSE AB 809.

Please CALL and E-MAIL your state Assemblymember to OPPOSE SB 819 and SUPPORT SB 610.
Contact information for your state Senator and Assemblyman can be found
here.

Please CALL and E-MAIL the members of the state Assembly Public Safety Committee to OPPOSE SB 798.
Contact information for the Assembly Public Safety Committee can be found here.

Please forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners in California and urge them to also call their state legislators.

Please see below for an explanation of all the bills listed above:

Senate Bill 798 (OPPOSE) 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.

Senate Bill 819 (OPPOSE) would allow the Department of Justice to use the Dealer Record of Sales (DROS) funds to help pay for enforcement of California firearm possession laws in the Armed & Prohibited Persons Systems program. The DROS fund monies were originally collected from every firearm purchaser to pay for the administrative process for background checks. This bill will divert and drain hundreds of thousands of dollars of DROS fee monies that YOU have paid for background checks. As a result, the DROS fund will certainly run out of money. When it does, they will almost certainly want another increase in the fees YOU PAY for FIREARM background checks.

Senate Bill 610 (SUPPORT) would standardize the application process for a permit to carry a concealed handgun.  SB 610 would also delete the requirement that a CCW applicant obtain liability insurance as a condition of obtaining a CCW permit.

Assembly Bill 809 (OPPOSE) would require the registration of long guns and is a direct assault on gun rights.  The only value of registration is to help governments confiscate firearms in the future.  Not only does AB 809 violate Second Amendment rights, but it expands the registry to include rifles and shotguns. It would also be a huge waste of taxpayer money at a time when California is drowning in debt.  Gun control advocates estimate the cost of this registration at $400,000, a number that is almost certainly far less than it will actually cost to implement and enforce this registry if enacted.

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