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California Legislature Sends Three Anti-Gun Bills to the Governor

Friday, September 9, 2011

Contact your state Assembly Member and the Governor IMMEDIATELY!

California gun owners and sportsmen took a huge blow to their Second Amendment rights yesterday when the state legislature passed two major anti-gun bills and sent them to the Governor.  The state Assembly is also expected to vote on another anti-gun bill today.

Yesterday, the state Senate passed AB 144, the open carry ban bill, by a 21 to 18 vote with Senate amendments.  This bill goes back to the Assembly for concurrence, which is expected today.  The state Assembly already passed AB 144 on May 16, by a 46 to 29 vote.

 It is critical that you CALL and E-MAIL your state Assembly Member IMMEDIATELY and urge him or her to vote “NO” to AB 144.

Contact information for your state Assembly Member can be found here.

Also yesterday, by a party-line vote, the state Senate and Assembly each concurred on other anti-gun bills and sent them to Governor Brown.

Assembly Bill 809, the long gun sales registration bill, passed in the state Senate by a 21 to 19 vote with Senate amendments.  The state Assembly with the Senate amendment concurred by a 47 to 29 vote. 

Senate Bill 427, the licensing of handgun ammunition sellers and expansion of “armor-piercing” ammunition bill, passed in the state Assembly by a 48 to 30 vote.  The state Senate with Assembly amendments concurred by a 21 to 18 vote.

Senate Bill 819, the DROS fund raid bill, has already been sent to Governor Brown for his consideration.  Governor Brown has until October 9 to sign or veto SB 819 or it becomes law without his signature.

 It is critical that you, your family, your friends and fellow gun owners in California continually CALL and E-MAIL Governor Brown to urge him to VETO SB 819, AB 809 and SB 427.

Contact information for the Governor can be found here.

Governor Brown MUST hear from California gun owners and sportsmen every day to know that there are law-abiding citizens of the Golden State who cherish their Second Amendment rights.

 For an explanation of each anti-gun bill, please see below:

Assembly Bill 144 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.

Assembly Bill 809 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.

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 819 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.

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