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

Friday, March 4, 2016

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

On Tuesday, March 1, the Assembly Committee on Public Safety passed three anti-gun bills and postponed a vote on the fourth.  These egregious anti-gun bills are of serious concern to gun owners, sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters.

The following anti-gun bills passed the Assembly Committee on Public Safety by a party-line vote of 5 to 2.  These bills will now move to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations.  Supporting the bills:  Assembly Member Quirk, Jones-Sawyer, Lopez, Low, and Santiago.  Opposing the bills: Assembly Member Melendez and Lackey.

Assembly Bill 1663 and Assembly Bill 1664 are similar and would massively expand the current definition of “assault weapon” to include ALL semi-automatic centerfire rifles with a detachable magazine.  The California State Sheriffs’ Association has even testified in opposition to both of these egregious bills.

Assembly Bill 1674 would make the 30-day handgun acquisition prohibition (often referred to as the one handgun a month law) applicable to all types of firearms and would eliminate the private party transaction exemption to the 30-day prohibition.

The hearing on Assembly Bill 1673 was postponed and a vote was not taken.  We will inform you of any updates on this legislation when it becomes available.

AB 1673 would expand the definition of a “firearm” to include an unfinished frame or receiver that can be “readily converted to the functional condition of a finished frame or receiver.”  These are sometimes referred to as 80% receivers.

Please continue to check your email and www.NRAILA.org for updates.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.