Start Contacting your State Legislators in Sacramento
The 2013 California legislative session is underway and committee hearing dates are being set for onerous anti-gun legislation again this year. As usual, anti-gun state legislators still think that passing more gun control laws in addition to the over 900 hundred that are already on the books will reduce California's violent crime problem.
Apparently, those legislators do not know the definition of criminal. When you call AND e-mail your state legislators, remind them that a criminal by definition does not obey or respect the law and any legislation infringing on gun owners will do nothing to affect criminals or their access to and misuse of firearms. Instead urge your state legislator to focus on meaningful legislation relating to school safety, mental health issues, marketing of violence as entertainment for our children and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals.
First, just weeks into this new legislation session Assemblyman Bonta introduced Assembly Bill 174 that would have repealed the "grandfather clause" in the assault weapons laws that allowed Californians to keep the firearms that they registered in compliance with this law. Thanks to the efforts of NRA members who expressed their opposition to this bill, Bonta has gutted and amended all the firearms-related provisions out of AB 174 and has amended it into a public school health bill.
Below is a list of anti-gun bills that are currently scheduled to be heard in the state Senate and Assembly Committees on Public Safety and the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation. More firearm-related legislation will be scheduled for hearings in the near future, check our websites, listed at the bottom of this alert, for the complete list of all firearms-related legislation being considered at the State Capitol.
On Tuesday, April 2 in the Assembly Committee on Public Safety:
Assembly Bill 48 (Skinner) bans the sale of magazine parts kits that can hold more than ten cartridges, bans the sale or transfer of ammunition by anyone other than a licensed firearms dealer and all ammunition transfers must be reported to the state.
Assembly Bill 169 (Dickinson) bans the sale of guns no longer on California's roster of approved handguns. This leaves gun owners who lawfully possess a handgun with no means of transferring or selling the handgun, if the handgun is not on DOJ's Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale.
On Monday, April 15 in the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation:
Assembly Bill 760 (Dickinson) imposes a sales tax of .05 cents per ammunition component (complete cartridge, bullet or case).
On Tuesday, April 16 in the state Senate Committee on Public Safety:
Senate Bill 47 (Yee) expands the definition of “assault weapons” to BAN the future sale of rifles that have been designed/sold and are equipped to use the “bullet button” or similar device, requires NEW “assault weapon” registration, requires registration of ALL those semi-auto rifles that are currently possessed to retain legal possession in the future, and subjects these firearms to all other “assault weapons” restrictions.
Senate Bill 53 (DeLeon) requires persons to buy an annual ammunition purchase permit, requires the registration and thumbprint of the purchaser for each ammunition purchase, and bans online and mail order sales of ammunition to Californians.
Senate Bill 108 (Yee) requires mandatory locked storage of firearms within a locked house regardless of whether anyone is present.
Senate Bill 293 (DeSaulnier) bans the sale of conventional handguns, if the state Department of Justice approves the sale of “Owner Authorized – Smart” handgun technology.
Senate Bill 299 (DeSaulnier) turns victims of firearm theft into criminals for failing to report the loss of their firearm within 48 hours.
Senate Bill 374 (Steinberg) expands the definition of “assault weapons” to BAN the future sale of VIRTUALLY ALL semi-auto rifles (including rimfire cartridges) that accept a detachable magazine, requires NEW “assault weapon” registration, requires registration of ALL those semi-auto rifles that are currently possessed to retain legal possession in the future, and subjects these firearms to all other “assault weapons” restrictions.
Senate Bill 396 (Hancock) BANS the POSSESSION of any magazine with a capacity to accept more than ten cartridges, including currently legally possessed "grandfathered" large capacity magazines.
Senate Bill 567 (Jackson) changes the technical definition of a shotgun, which would turn all handguns into short-barrel shotguns that are illegal to own.
Your state Senator and Assemblyman MUST hear from you TODAY urging them to OPPOSE the anti-gun bills listed above. Don't forget to forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners throughout California and urge them to do the same. We need all of California gun owners and Second Amendment supports to continually call AND e-mail their state legislators. The California legislature needs to know that this tyranny against law-abiding citizens needs to stop.
You can write your representative here urging them to OPPOSE the anti-gun bills listed above. Please feel free to also copy and paste all the bill information to ensure your state legislators know which bills to OPPOSE.
You can also send a letter to all elected officials in California here. Please feel free to copy and paste all the bill information above to ensure the elected officials of California know which bills to OPPOSE.
You can also find information about anti-gun and pro-gun legislation in California at http://www.calnra.com.
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