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California: Public Safety Committees to Hear Firearm-Related Bills

Sunday, January 7, 2018

California: Public Safety Committees to Hear Firearm-Related Bills

On Tuesday, January 9, both the Assembly and Senate Public Safety Committees are scheduled to hear several firearm-related bills listed below.  Please use our TAKE ACTION below to contact the members of the Assembly and Senate Public Safety Committee urging them to SUPPORT and/or OPPOSE the following firearm-related bills. 

The Assembly Public Safety Committee will be meeting Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. in the State Capitol, room 126.

SUPPORT - Assembly Bill 1394, sponsored by Assembly Member Travis Allen (R-72). would address the inequitable nature of California’s current concealed carry law.  Current law outlines a number of requirements for the issuance of a concealed carry license including the existence of “good cause.”  This critical requirement is left undefined, leaving discretion for the issuing authority to determine whether a license “may” be issued. This lack of definition has allowed issuing authorities to discriminate against many applicants or use the licensing process to favor certain individuals rather than issue licenses in an equitable and consistent manner.  AB 1394 would resolve this issue by removing “good cause” as a requirement for receiving a concealed weapons permit and would require that the issuing authority “shall” issue a license if the other statutorily required criteria are met. 

The Senate Public Safety Committee will be meeting Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in the State Capitol, room 3191. 

SUPPORT - Senate Bill 710, sponsored by Senator Joel Anderson (R-38), would allow the use of sound suppressors on firearms while taking wildlife.  Currently, 40 states allow the use of suppressors while hunting.  Sound suppressors attached to firearms (sometimes referred to as "silencers") are an additional tool available to help protect hearing, increase accuracy and safety, and reduce noise complaints by surrounding residents.  While suppressors do not eliminate the sound of a firearm, they do reduce the muzzle report of a firearm, reducing the risk of hearing damage.  Additionally, suppressors help increase accuracy by reducing felt recoil and shot “flinch.”  Suppressors also help reduce noise complaints from neighbors, which are frequently used as an excuse to close hunting lands throughout the country. 

OPPOSESenate Bill 459, sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25), would require the California Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct inspections of federal firearm license (FFL) dealers at least every 2 years. Currently, DOJ already has the authority to inspect FFLs but are not mandated on the frequency. In addition to DOJ inspections, FFL’s are also subject to inspections from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and in some instances local inspection programs. Due to the current authority over dealers and constant oversight, this law appears to be nothing more than additional red tape on an industry that is already heavily regulated.    

Continue to check your inbox and the California Stand and Fight webpage for updates on issues impacting your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage in California. 

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