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California: More Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled to be Heard Next Week and Two Anti-Gun Bills Pass on Party-Line Vote

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Time is running out!

You MUST contact your state Senator and Senate Committee Members TODAY


The following bills are scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, June 18, in the Senate Public Safety Committee.  Please call AND e-mail members of the Senate Public Safety Committee and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE AB 180 and AB 231.  These onerous and misguided bills will do nothing to reduce violent crime and will only turn currently law-abiding citizens into criminals should they be enacted.  You cannot let that happen!  Please forward this alert to family, friends and sportsmen throughout California because it is going to take a united effort to stop this egregious and deeply flawed legislation.  Contact information for the members of the Senate Public Safety Committee is provided below.

Assembly Bill 180 (Bonta) repeals California's firearm preemption law by granting Oakland an exemption to enact unique laws regarding possession, registration, licensing and subjecting gun owners to unknowing criminal liability when traveling through Oakland.  AB 180 passed in the state Assembly by a 46 to 29 vote on May 28.

Assembly Bill 231 (Ting) expands the current law for Criminal Storage of Firearms and child access.  This measure would not increase safety and would simply create unreasonable storage procedures which would take away law-abiding gun owners’ inherent right to self-defense.  A firearm owner acting with the utmost care and precaution would be held criminally liable “regardless of whether the person knows or reasonably knows that a child is likely to gain access to the firearm.”  A violation of this section can be punished as a FELONY.  AB 231 passed in the state Assembly by a 46 to 30 vote on May 28.


Senate Public Safety Committee:


Senator Loni Hancock (D-9), Chairman

Office:  (916) 651-4009

Fax: (916) 327-1997



Senator Joel Anderson (R-36), Vice Chairman

Office:  (916) 651-4036

Fax: (916) 447-9008



Senator Marty Block (D-39)

Office:  (916) 651-4039

Fax: (916) 327-2188



Senator Kevin de León (D-22)

Office:  (916) 651-4022

Fax: (916) 327-8817



Senator Steve Knight (R-21)

Office: (916) 651-0021

Fax: (916) 324-7543



Senator Carol Liu (D-25)

Office:  (916) 651-4025

Fax: (916) 445-3712



Senator Darrel Steinberg (D-6)

Office:  (916) 651-4006

Fax: (916) 323-2263



On Tuesday, June 11, Assembly Bill 169 and Assembly Bill 711 both passed in their respective Senate committees by a party-line vote.  These bills have been scheduled to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, June 24.  Please call AND e-mail members of the Senate Appropriations Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE these two extreme anti-gun and anti-hunting bills.  Contact information for members of this Committee is provided below.                                                            

Assembly Bill 169 (Dickinson) passed in the Senate Public Safety Committee by a 5 to 2 vote.  AB 169 would prohibit the transfer of millions of lawfully owned handguns and jeopardize the continued ownership of constitutionally protected firearms.  Current California law allows handguns that are not on the state Department of Justice (DOJ) approved handgun roster to be sold or transferred to another individual through consignment sale or as a private party transfer, provided that the sale is completed through a licensed firearms retailer.  AB 169 would BAN the sale of ALL handguns (NEW AND USED) that are NOT on the DOJ approved roster of "safe" handguns.

There are MILLIONS of handguns that were manufactured and/or purchased prior to the enactment of the DOJ approved handgun roster law.  Most of the handguns lawfully possessed in California today, are not currently on the California Department of Justice (DOJ) approved handgun roster of new handguns that licensed dealers are allowed to sell to the public nor will those handguns ever be allowed to be added to the “approved” roster.  If enacted, AB 169 would leave gun owners who lawfully purchased a handgun with no legal means to sell or transfer their handgun.

Assembly Bill 711 (Rendon) passed in the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee by a 7 to 2 voteAB 711 would make California the first state in the nation to prohibit the use of lead ammunition for ALL hunting.  Such a ban on traditional ammunition would have devastating effects on hunting and conservation.  You cannot let this happen!  Many hunters would not be able to afford the higher cost of non-traditional ammunition.

Senate Appropriations Committee:


Senator Kevin de León (Chairman)
Senator Mimi Walters (Vice Chairman)
Senator Ted Gaines
Senator Jerry Hill
Senator Ricardo Lara
Senator Alex Padilla
Senator Darrell Steinberg


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


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