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California: Anti-Gun Bills, Including an Attack on Many Semi-Automatic Firearms, to be Heard Early Next Week

Friday, June 29, 2012

Contact your state Legislators immediately!

If you think it is hard to own and possess a semi-automatic firearm in California now, Senate Bill 249, if enacted, would ban the ownership and possession of AR-15s and other magazine-fed semi-automatic firearms that currently use "bullet buttons" or other tools to restrict the removal of the magazine.  This anti-gun bill would also authorize civil and criminal penalties for possessing a "conversion kit!" 

Senate Bill 249 was amended from an agriculture bill to a serious anti-gun bill to eliminate the ownership and possession of most semi-automatic firearms by law-abiding Californians.  SB 249, introduced by state Senator Leland Yee (D-8), would restrict any person from importing, making, selling, loaning, transferring or possessing magazine release components in semi-auto firearms (bullet button, etc). 

But this nonsensical bill does not stop there in trying to eliminate semi-automatic firearms in California.  SB 249 would make the possession of a "conversion kit" a public nuisance, authorize civil and criminal penalties and require surrendering the conversion kit.  According to this bill, a conversion kit is any combination of parts that, when affixed to a firearm with a fixed magazine, are designed and intended to convert that firearm into an “assault weapon” as defined in the bill.

This bill is currently being amended AGAIN and no one is clear on what amended language will ultimately be voted on for SB 249.  Regardless of what this bill looks like in the end, SB 249 is a pure anti-gun bill and MUST be OPPOSED.

SB 249 is expected to be heard and voted on next Tuesday, July 3 in the state Assembly Committee on Public Safety.  This is also the deadline date for ALL legislation to pass or fail in the state Senate and Assembly policy committees for the 2012 legislative session.  The state Assembly Committee on Public Safety needs to hear from ALL of California’s gun owners and sportsmen urging them to OPPOSE SB 249.  Contact information for the Committee members can be found here.  Senator Yee and his staff also need to hear from California gun owners expressing their outrage that the Senator would suggest such a bill and urge him to pull SB 249 from the agenda.  Senator Yee and his staff can be reached at 916-651-4008 and by e-mail here or at Senator.Yee@senate.ca.gov.

California has over 950 firearm laws on its books and criminals do not respect any of them.  California Legislators think that adding more laws will reduce criminal activity, but 950 firearm laws later, criminals are still not respecting California law.  Please urge the members of the state Assembly Committee on Public Safety to protect the Second Amendment rights of California’s law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen and OPPOSE SB 249.

Also on Tuesday, the state Senate Committee on Public Safety is scheduled to hear two anti-gun bills: Assembly Bill 2549 and Assembly Bill 2460

AB 2549 would allow only a law enforcement officer who has been honorably retired to request to retain their personally owned and regulated firearms.  If an officer should leave for any other reason their personally owned regulated firearms will be confiscated and/or surrendered for disposal.  The NRA is opposed to confiscation of firearms and this will only lead to further legislation trying to confiscate firearms for whatever reason anti-gun extremists can think of to use.

AB 2460, introduced by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-9), would ban law enforcement officers from transferring handguns that aren’t on California’s approved “roster” to anyone but law enforcement officers.  Currently, California law allows for the transfer of firearms that are not on the approved "roster" to be transferred to law-abiding civilians.  These transfers must go through a licensed firearms dealer and are only transferred when the new civilian owner has passed a criminal background check.   

Please contact members of the state Senate Committee on Public Safety and urge them to OPPOSE AB 2549 and AB 2460.  Committee member contact information can be found here.

On Tuesday, Senate Bill 1315 failed in the state Assembly Committee on Public Safety.  Unfortunately, it has been approved to be reconsidered by the same committee and will also be heard next Tuesday, July 3.   SB 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. 

Please contact members of the state Assembly Committee on Public Safety and urge them to AGAIN OPPOSE SB 1315.  Contact information for the Committee can be found here.

Lastly, the state Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife also failed to pass anti-hunting bill, Senate Bill 1221.   Unfortunately, this Committee also approved to reconsider this bill next Monday.  SB 1221, introduced by state Senator Ted Lieu (D-28), would ban hunting bears and bobcats with dogs.  Hunting with dogs is a tradition that continues to be practiced across the country.  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.   Biologists and other wildlife experts determine regulations and bag limits, just as they do with other hunting seasons.  

Please contact the members of the state Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife and urge them to AGAIN OPPOSE SB 1221.  Contact information for the Committee members can be found here.

Don’t forget to forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners in California asking them to contact members of the above state Assembly and Senate committees, urging them to OPPOSE SB 249, AB 2549, AB 2460, SB 1315 and SB 1221.  

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