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California: Hijacked Bills are Moving Forward

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

California: Hijacked Bills are Moving Forward

On Tuesday, May 10, the Senate Public Safety committee passed four anti-gun bills that up until last week covered completely different subject matters.   All four bills have been sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee where they are scheduled to be heard Monday, May 16.  Please contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and urge them to OPPOSE AB 156, AB 857, AB 1135, and AB 1511.  Contact information can be found here or by clicking on the TAKE ACTION button below: 

Assembly Bill 156 would place unjustified and burdensome restrictions on the purchase of ammunition and would require the attorney general to keep records of purchases. This legislation would further require any online ammunition sales to be conducted through a licensed vendor. 

Assembly Bill 857 would require an individual to request a serial number from DOJ for curios, relics, and home-built firearms.  Anti-gun advocates are under the impression that criminals will apply for a serial number issued from DOJ prior to use.  This bill could entrap law-abiding citizens and significantly diminish the value of curio and relics.

Assembly Bill 1135 would reclassify hundreds of thousands of legally owned semi-automatic rifles as “assault weapons”. With this change a rifle with a magazine capable of being removed from the firearm without disassembly, would now be classified as an “assault weapon”. This includes firearms that require a “tool” to remove the magazine such as rifles equipped with a “bullet button.” 

Assembly Bill 1511 would effectively end the long-standing practice of temporarily loaning a firearm for lawful purposes. Under this legislation the ability to loan a firearm to anyone other than a family member or a person who is in the field hunting would now be prohibited unless conducted through a dealer.  The result of the misguided legislation would turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals simply for borrowing or storing a firearm.   For example a rifle could be loaned in be field for hunting but not prior to, making sighting in ahead of time or getting to your hunting destination impossible. 

Two bills are currently pending votes in the Assembly, anti-gun bill, AB 2607, and pro-gun bill, AB 2510.  These bills could be considered any day.

Please contact your state Assembly Member and urge them to OPPOSE AB 2607 and SUPPORT AB 2510.  Contact information can be found here or by clicking on the TAKE ACTION button below.

OPPOSE - Assembly Bill 2607 would amend the “Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO)” procedures that were created by AB 1014 (2014).  GVRO’s were opposed by NRA during the 2014 session because of the lack of due process when depriving an individual of their right to keep and bear arms.  AB 2607 would compound the existing problems by significantly expanding the class of individuals who could seek a GVRO.

SUPPORT – 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.

Don’t forget to forward this alert to your family, friends, and fellow gun owners and urge them to contact the Senate Appropriations committee and their state Assembly Member about these important firearm-related issues.

If you are not registered to vote, now is the time to do so!  Click here to register to vote, so you can support candidates who believe in your right to keep and bear arms.

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