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Final Two Days of the 2011 California Legislative Session

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Your state Senator Must Hear from You IMMEDIATELY!

There are only two days left in the 2011 California legislative session, and your calls and e-mails are needed now more than ever to help stop anti-gun bills from being passed in the state Senate.  Your state Senator must hear from you and your family, friends and fellow gun owners in California OPPOSING three anti-gun bills that would have serious ramifications for Californians.  If these bills pass in the state Senate, they will go directly to the Governor since they have already passed in the state Assembly.  These anti-gun bills MUST BE STOPPED NOW!

Anti-gun bills AB 809 (long gun registration) and AB 144 (open carry of a firearm ban) are on their final reading and could be considered on the Senate floor TOMORROW.

Anti-gun bill SB 427 (local licensing of handgun ammunition sellers and expands the definition of armor-piercing ammunition) passed in the state Assembly today by a 41 to 38 vote with Assembly amendments. This bill will now go back to the state Senate for concurrence with Assembly amendments and could be considered on the state Senate floor TOMORROW.

Contact information for your state Senator to OPPOSE AB 809, AB 144 and SB 427 can be found here.

More information about these anti-gun bills is provided below.

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 state 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.

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.

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