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California: Anti-Gun and Anti-Hunting Bills to be Heard Next Week

Friday, June 22, 2012

Please Contact state Legislators Today!

As early as Tuesday, June 26, several anti-gun and anti-hunting bills will be heard and voted on in state Senate and Assembly committees.  These bills have already passed in their house of origination and MUST BE STOPPED NOW!  Please call and e-mail members of each of these state Senate and Assembly committees and urge them to OPPOSE all of the anti-gun bills listed below.  Let them know that these bills will only impact law-abiding citizens and not criminals who will continue to break new and existing laws.  Please forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners and hunters in California and urge them to do the same. 

The following bills are all scheduled to be heard as early as Tuesday, June 26 in their respective committees:

In the state Senate Committee on Public Safety:
(Committee contact information can be found here)  

Assembly Bill 1527, introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-44), would expand on last year’s ban on open carrying of an unloaded handgun to also include unloaded rifles and shotguns. 

Assembly Bill 2182, introduced by Assemblyman Norma Torres (D-31), would require that a person be arrested if they inadvertently attempt to bring a firearm through an airport TSA checkpoint and ban that person from entering that airport in the future. 

Assembly Bill 2333, introduced by Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-69), as amended, would expand California’s negligent storage law to any person who knowingly or reasonably should have known that a minor is likely to gain access to a BB device without the permission of the minor’s parents or legal guardian and the minor carries the BB device in a public place.  Violators would be subject to a civil penalty, completion of a non-existent course on BB devices and/or community service.  This bill would impose an unnecessary and potentially severe criminal liability on everyday toys (not just BB guns and pellet guns) leading to severe penalties.

Assembly Bill 2460, introduced by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-9), would ban the private party transfer or sale of handguns by law enforcement officers that are not on the California Approved Handgun Roster.

In the state Assembly Committee on Public Safety:
(Committee contact information can be found here)

Senate Bill 1315, introduced by anti-gun extremist state Senator Kevin de León (D-22), is just a stepping stone to completely destroying California’s firearm preemption law.  Firearm preemption laws are in place to standardize firearm laws across the state.  This critical law keeps law-abiding gun owners from being placed in jeopardy of running afoul of local restrictions they don`t even know exist simply because they have crossed from one municipality to another. 

Senate Joint Resolution 10, also sponsored by Senator de Leòn, would urge the President and Congress to pursue a comprehensive approach to stem the trafficking of illicit United States firearms into Mexico, that includes, among other things, enhanced collaboration among local, state and federal agencies, the allocation of a permanent source of federal funding to sustain local and state law enforcement operations to combat firearms trafficking and other border-related crimes, the redirection of federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and United States Customs and Border Protection resources towards this effort, reenactment of a strong federal assault weapons ban, and stronger federal authority to crack down on corrupt gun dealers.

In the state Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife:
(Committee contact information can be found here)

Anti-hunting Senate Bill 1221, introduced by state Senator Ted Lieu (D-28), would ban hunting bears and bobcats with dogs. Many dog breeds with select characteristics for hunting can be traced back for thousands of years. Seventeen states allow bear hunting with dogs. The use of hounds for hunting has never been shown to have an adverse impact on wildlife numbers, as biologists and wildlife experts direct regulations and bag limits just as they do with other hunting seasons.

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