Today, Governor Brown made his decision on the final firearm-related bills of the 2016 legislative session that made it to his desk. Governor Brown vetoed two anti-gun bills, AB 450 and SB 1332, and signed pro-gun bill, AB 2510, into law.
VETOED - AB 450 sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, would delete the $100 fee limit on CCW application processing and require more fees to cover issuing and enforcement of a license. The enforcement aspect of this bill is so ambiguous that it could only be perceived as an effort to price out the ordinary citizen. Click here to read Governor Brown’s veto message.
VETOED - SB 1332 sponsored by Senator Tony Mendoza, would modify the firearm registration process to allow for joint registration by spouses and domestic partners and require DOJ to maintain both names on the registry. In addition, SB 1332 would further complicate California’s already stringent firearm loaning process and would allow DOJ to take money from the non-related Firearm Safety and Enforcement Special Fund for other DOJ projects. The practice of utilizing fees paid by gun owners on unrelated projects needs to stop. This attempt comes on the heels of a failed audit request of the Dealer Record of Sale (DROS) special fund. The DROS account held a massive surplus just a few short years ago and now is in a state of structural imbalance due to similar practices. Click here to read Governor Brown’s veto message.
SIGNED - AB 2510 sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Linder, would allow local law enforcement authorities to issue concealed carry 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.
Thank you to everyone who contacted Governor Brown and their state legislators throughout the 2016 legislative session. This fight is not over and the NRA will be back for the 2017 legislative session.