On March 8th, three separate policy committees will be meeting to hear firearm and hunting related legislation. Please use the take action buttons below to contact committee members and get involved in protecting our Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage in California.
Assembly Public Safety Committee at 9:00AM on March 8th
Assembly Bill 1688, introduced by Assembly Member Vince Fong (R-34), repeals the requirement that any new handgun models added to California’s roster include microstamping technology and also repeals the requirement that three non-microstamping handguns be removed from the roster for every new compliant model added. No new semi-automatic handguns have been added to the handgun roster since microstamping was certified in 2013. This bill will help law-abiding citizens by improving their access to commonly-owned handguns. To read more about California's microstamping law, please click here.
Assembly Bill 1769, introduced by Assembly Member Steve Bennett (D-37), prohibits officers, employees, operators, lessees, or licensees of the 31st District Agricultural Association from entering into any agreement to allow for the sale of any firearm, firearm parts, or ammunition on property or buildings that comprise the Ventura County Fair and Event Center or properties in Ventura County and the City of Ventura that are owned, leased, operated, or occupied by the District. This imposes a one-size-fits-all restriction to prevent officials from deciding how to use venues.
Please click this button to ask the Assembly Public Safety Committee to SUPPORT AB 1688 and OPPOSE AB 1769.
Senate Public Safety Committee at 1:30PM on March 8th
Senate Bill 915, introduced by Senator Dave Min (D-37), bans state officers or employees, operators, lessees, or licensees from entering into any agreement to allow for the sale of any firearm, firearm precursor parts, or ammunition on property that is owned, leased, occupied or operated by the state. This imposes a one-size-fits-all restriction upon all state-owned venues, to prevent their operators from deciding how to use them. In addition, this prevents tax-paying businesses from renting taxpayer-funded venues for lawful activities.
Please click this button to ask the Senate Public Safety Committee to OPPOSE SB 915.
Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee at 9:00AM on March 8th
Senate Bill 865, introduced by Senator Dodd, increases the maximum eligible age for a reduced-fee junior hunting license from 16, to 18 years of age. Youth 18 and under were previously eligible to purchase reduced fee junior hunting licenses until 2020 when the law sunset. This will positively impact hunter recruitment and outreach by making it less expensive for 16-17 year-olds to try out hunting. Many of these teenagers will either become lifelong hunters or gain a new understanding of hunting and its importance, both of which will be valuable to maintain our hunting heritage into the future.
Please click this button to ask the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee to SUPPORT SB 865.
A number of additional firearm related bills were introduced prior to the bill filing deadline, that were not previously reported on. See below to find highlights of what to watch for as bills are scheduled to be heard in their respective policy committees.
Assembly Bill 2253, introduced by Assembly Member Mia Bonta (D-18), states the intention of the Legislature to treat “gun violence as a public health crisis.”
Senate Bill 1327, introduced by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-18), creates a private right of action that allows individuals to file civil suits against anyone who manufactures, distributes, transports, sells, or imports firearms banned in California, as well as precursor firearm parts.
Senate Bill 1384, introduced by Senator Min, requires all licensed firearm dealers to have a digital video surveillance system meeting certain standards, to have general liability insurance coverage of at least one million dollars, and require certain training for all employees annually. California’s firearm retailers are responsible businesses that are heavily regulated by the federal government and through complex California laws and regulations. This proposed legislation will only serve to pile more unnecessary costs and regulatory mandates on responsible and law-abiding businesses.
Assembly Bill 2033, introduced by Assembly Member Thurston Smith (R-33), extends the duration that a California concealed firearm license is valid, from two years to five years.
Senate Bill 1386, introduced by Senator Melissa Melendez (R-28), makes California’s concealed firearm license a “shall-issue” system. This prevents sheriffs from arbitrarily denying carry permits to applicants who meet all objective criteria.
Again, please click the buttons above to contact committee members.