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California: Anti-Gun Bills Expected to be Heard on the State Senate and Assembly Floor

Monday, August 29, 2011

Contact your state Senator and Assemblyman TODAY!

There are two weeks left of the 2011 California legislative session and three of the anti-gun bills and the one pro-gun bill are scheduled to be heard in the state Senate and Assembly TODAY.  If the Legislature does not get to these bills today they will be back on their schedule later this week. Should these bills pass the state Senate and Assembly the next stop will be the Governor’s office for his consideration since they have already passed in their house of origination. These anti-gun bills need to be stopped NOW.

California already has some of the worst gun laws in the country. In fact, most of the anti-gunners’ wish list have already become law over the years and that has not slowed their desire to restrict your gun rights even further.  The time to act is NOW to save our gun rights in California.  Your state Senator and Assemblyman need to hear that there are law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in California and you want your Second Amendment rights protected.

Please contact your state Senator and urge him or her to OPPOSE AB 144. 

Please contact your state Assemblyman and urge him or her to OPPOSE SB 427 and SB 819.

Contact information for your state Senator and Assemblyman can be found here.

Below is an explanation of the bills listed above.

Assembly Bill 144 (OPPOSE) 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.

Senate Bill 427 (OPPOSE) 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 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.

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

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