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California: Big Anti-Gun Hearing Day in Senate Public Safety Committee On Tuesday, April 19

Monday, April 18, 2016

California: Big Anti-Gun Hearing Day in Senate Public Safety Committee   On Tuesday, April 19

On Tuesday, April 19, both the Senate and Assembly Committee on Public Safety have hearings scheduled on firearm-related bills. 

The following firearm-related bills are expected to be heard by the Senate Public Safety Committee.   Please contact the Senate Committee and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 880, Senate Bill 894, Senate Bill 1006, Senate Bill 1037, Senate Bill 1407, and Senate Bill 1446.  The contact information for the Senate Public Safety Committee can be found here or at the TAKE ACTION button below.

Senate Bill 880 would make changes of monumental scale to California’s firearm laws – banning millions of constitutionally protected firearms that have no association with crime.  These changes would happen quickly with great individual costs to many gun owners and no public notice.  Governor Brown vetoed similar legislation in 2013.

Senate Bill 894 would require a victim of a crime to report to local Law Enforcement the theft of a firearm within an arbitrary time requirement of five days and the recovery of the firearm within 48 hours.  Governor Brown has twice vetoed similar legislation.

Senate Bill 1006 would enact a California Firearm Violence Research Act and would declare legislative intent regarding the principles by which the university would administer the center and award research funds.  Let’s be clear, the NRA is not opposed to research that would encourage the safe and responsible use of firearms and reduce the numbers of firearm-related deaths.  Safety has been at the core of the NRA’s mission since its inception.  But that is not the goal of the gun control advocates who are behind Senate Bill 1006.

Senate Bill 1037 would effectively eliminate the statute of limitations for many minor firearms offenses by making these crimes “continuing offenses.”  The bill would also create a presumption that a person is in possession of a firearm if the person is listed as the owner of the firearm in the Consolidated Firearms Information System.     

Senate Bill 1407 would make it a crime under California law for an individual to manufacture a firearm without first obtaining California Department of Justice (DOJ) approval to do so and subsequently engraving a DOJ-provided serial number on the firearm.  This legislation should be opposed because it will effectively nullify the long-standing and constitutionally protected activity of building one’s own firearms.   Governor Brown vetoed similar legislation in 2014.

Senate Bill 1446 would ban the simple possession of ammunition feeding devices/magazines that are capable of holding more than 10 cartridges.  The federal “large-ammunition feeding device” ban of 1994-2004 was allowed to sunset due in part to its ineffectiveness.  Yet, California anti-gun legislators still are persisting with this ban knowing that the congressionally-mandated study concluded that “the banned guns were never used in more than a modest fraction of all gun murders” before the ban and the bans 10-round limit on new magazines was not a factor in multiple-victim or multiple-wound crimes. 

The following firearm-related bills are expected to be heard by the Assembly Public Safety Committee.   Please contact the Assembly Committee and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE Assembly 2607 and SUPPORT Assembly Bill 2510.  The contact information for the Assembly Public Safety Committee can be found here or at the TKAE ACTION button below.  

Assembly Bill 2607 would amend the “Gun Violence Restraining Order” procedures that were created by AB 1014 (2014).  NRA opposed the current GVRO procedures because they provide a mechanism for an individual to lose the right to keep and bear arms with no due process of law.  AB 2607 would compound these problems by significantly expanding the classes of individuals who could seek a GVRO. 

Assembly Bill 2510 would allow local law enforcement authorities to issue carry concealed weapons (CCW) identification cards approved by the State of California Department of Justice (DOJ) as proof that individuals are licensed in the state. The permits can be used in lieu of the obsolete typed paper form provided by DOJ.

Please forward this alert to your family, friends, fellow gun owners and sportsman and urge them to take action also.

Update on April 12, Committee hearings from Tuesday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 13.

OPPOSE – AB 1673 and AB 1674 both detrimental “assault weapon” ban bills were sent to the Assembly Appropriation suspense file for the time being.  We are not expecting any more movement on these bills until May.

SUPPORT - AB 2340 would exempt a person holding a valid license to carry a concealed firearm and who is also protected by a domestic violence protective order, from both the school zone and the university concealed carry prohibitions.  AB 2340 originally failed passage, but has been granted reconsideration by the Assembly Committee on Public Safety.  This hearing date has not been scheduled as of yet. 

SUPPORT - AB 2508 would allow handguns that match the original intent of the Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale (the “Roster”) to be reconsidered for the Roster.  AB 2508 also originally failed passage, but has been granted reconsideration by the Assembly Committee on Public Safety.  This hearing date has not been scheduled as of yet. 

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