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California: Three Anti-Gun Bills Pass in the Assembly Public Safety Committee

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Call the Members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee TODAY

Unfortunately, on Tuesday, all Democrats voted for three egregious anti-gun bills in the state Assembly Public Safety Committee ensuring that each bill received and was reported by a 5 to 2 vote.  The following Democratic Assembly committee members SUPPORTED these onerous bills:

Tom Ammiano (D-17)

Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-59)

Holly Mitchell (D-54)

Bill Quirk (D-20)

Nancy Skinner (D-15)


These two Republican Assemblymen OPPOSED these onerous bills:

Melissa Melendez (R-67)

Marie Waldron (R-75)

Please contact state legislators above to express your disappointment in their vote to PUNISH law-abiding gun owners or your thanks for SUPPORTING law-abiding gun owners.  Contact information can be found here.

These three anti-gun bills will now be re-referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  A hearing date has not been set, but we will keep you posted. Continue to check your e-mail and

Assembly Bill 48 (Skinner), bans the sale of magazine parts kits that can hold more than ten cartridges, it would ban the sale or transfer of ammunition by anyone other than a licensed firearms dealer and would require that every single ammunition transfer be reported to the state.  Under this unprecedented attack on ammunition, millions of law-abiding gun owners would become criminals.

If enacted, a gun owner who “furnishes” ammunition to a friend at the shooting range, and a father who hands his son ammunition while teaching him how to properly and safely use a firearm, would become criminals.  Under AB 48, sporting goods stores, general stores, and shooting ranges that do not sell firearms would be BANNED from selling ammunition on a widespread basis throughout the state.  This would effectively put many ranges out of business!  What is more, AB 48's sales registration requirements have already been tried, and failed, at the federal level.  In 1986, the BATFE scrapped this requirement because it had no substantial law enforcement value!  But the bill’s problems don’t end there.  AB 48 is utterly vague in its attempt to ban parts kits, prohibiting the sale of “devices capable of converting an ammunition feeding device into a large-capacity magazine.”  To the extent this provision might be deciphered to ban common magazine parts kits violates, the law is unconstitutional.  And by criminalizing the transfer of ammunition by all but licensed firearm dealers, AB 48 further violates the Second Amendment.

Assembly Bill 169 (Dickinson) bans the sale and transfer of firearms that are not currently on California's roster of handguns approved for sale in the state.  In doing so, this bill would prohibit the transfer of millions of lawfully-owned handguns and jeopardize their continued ownership.

Currently, California law allows handguns that are not on the approved roster to be sold or otherwise transferred to another individual either on consignment or as a private party transfer, provided that the sale is completed through a licensed firearms retailer, where the purchaser is subjected to a background check.  If enacted, AB 169 would leave gun owners who lawfully own a handgun that is not on the State's approved roster with no means to sell or transfer their handgun.

Assembly Bill 500 (Ammiano) extends the ten-day waiting period for a firearm for an additional seven days and expands the mandatory storage requirements of a firearm.

Call AND e-mail members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee today and remind them that these bills will NOT deter violent criminals intent on committing crimes and will unconstitutionally restrict the ability of law-abiding Californians to purchase, transfer and use firearms and ammunition on an unprecedented scale.  Let them know that passage of these bill will result in additional unnecessary expenses for the state, continue to drive legitimate business owners out of California and force the taxpayers to pick up the tab for costly litigation against the state!  Contact information for members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee can be found here.

Please forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners in California and urge them to do the same.  California is going to need all its law-abiding citizens to contact their state legislators urging them to OPPPOSE legislation that will infringe upon the Second Amendment and hunting issues.

You can also 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 pending anti-gun and pro-gun legislation in California at


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