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California Legislature Ends its Summer Recess and Will Vote on Anti-Gun Bills

Monday, August 6, 2012

Recess is over for members of the California Legislature and they already have plenty of anti-gun bills scheduled to be heard as early as TODAY.

As usual, the California Legislature is working hard to rid the Golden State of ALL firearms and law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen.  Several anti-gun and anti-hunting bills have passed their house of origin, which means law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen MUST work hard to STOP these bills from final passage.

It is IMPERATIVE that you, your family, friends and fellow gun owners and sportsmen call AND e-mail your state Legislators TODAY and respectfully urge them to support their law-abiding constituents who own firearms.  Let them know that law-abiding citizens are the only ones who are affected by any and all firearm laws. Enacting more restrictive firearm laws is not stopping criminals.

With the 2012 legislative session expected to end at the end August, these bills will move fast and gun owners and sportsmen need to be ready.

In the Assembly Appropriations CommitteePlease contact members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and urge them to OPPOSE SB 249, SB 1221 and SB 1366.  Contact information for members of this committee can be found here.

Senate Bill 249 – Semi-Automatic Component Ban – EXPECTED TO BE HEARD NEXT WEEK.

SB 249, as amended, would make a small but profound change to the definition of what constitutes a detachable magazine for a semiautomatic firearm.  By doing so, hundreds of thousands of semi-automatic rifles, which were legally sold in California over the last decade, would become illegal on July 1, 2013.  SB 249 also has no provisions to allow permitting, licensing or reimbursement for the loss of valuable property.  Worse yet, the bill doesn’t require a public notice program to advise owners of this change in state law.  Thousands of owners could be arrested for inadvertent violations.  If you own an affected firearm, your only choices would be to destroy it, surrender it to a law enforcement agency, sell it out of state or have it confiscated at the time of your arrest!  SB 249 is a pure anti-gun bill and MUST BE DEFEATED.

Senate Bill 1221 – Hunting Ban – EXPECTED TO BE HEARD THIS WEDNESDAY.

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.

Senate Bill 1366 Lost and Stolen Reporting of Firearms

– EXPECTED TO BE HEARD THIS WEDNESDAY.

SB 1366, introduced by state Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-7), would require every person to report the theft or loss of a firearm he or she owns or possesses to a local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which the theft or loss occurred within 48 hours of the time he or she knew or reasonably should have known that the firearm had been stolen or lost.  Law-abiding gun owners should not be made a victim twice.

In the state Senate Appropriations Committee: Please contact members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and urge them to OPPOSE AB 1527, AB 2333 and AB 2460.  Contact information for members of this committee can be found here.

Assembly Bill 1527 – Open Carry Ban (of unloaded long gun)

– EXPECTED TO BE HEARD TODAY.

AB 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 2460 – Ban of Law Enforcement Transfer of Firearms

– EXPECTED TO BE HEARD TODAY.

AB 2460, introduced by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-9), would ban law enforcement officers from transferring handguns that are not 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.

On the Assembly floor:  Please contact your Assemblyman and urge him or her to OPPOSE SB 1315.  Contact information can be found here.

Senate Bill 1315 – Local Regulation of Firearms – EXPECTED TO BE HEARD TODAY.

SB 1315, introduced by anti-gun extremist state Senator Kevin de León (D-22), is just a stepping stone to completely destroying California’s firearms preemption law.  Firearms 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.  SB 1315 would authorize Los Angeles County to enact and enforce an ordinance or resolution that is stricter than state law regarding the manufacture, sale, possession or use of any BB device, toy gun, replica of a firearm, or other device that is so substantially similar in coloration and overall appearance to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to perceive that the device is a firearm and that expels a projectile that is no more than 16 millimeters in diameter.

 

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