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2017 California Legislation

Updated Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Anti-Gun Legislation

  • AB 7: Open Carry - TAKE ACTION NOW

    Sponsored by NRA-PVF "F" rated Assembly Member Mike Gipson (D-64) 

    AB 7 passed the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, June 20.  AB 7 will now move to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.

    AB 7 would further extend California’s ban on the open carry of an unloaded firearm while in or upon a public place or public street within a prohibited area located within the unincorporated area of a county. 

    This legislation is not about stopping or reducing firearm crime, it is about stereotyping law-abiding gun owners who are openly carrying an UNLOADED firearm as a criminal. California has some of the most stringent laws regarding the ownership and possession of a firearm. A person who is openly carrying a firearm must still comply with all other California laws regarding firearm ownership, possession, and transport of firearms or risk losing their firearms and imprisonment for simple technical violations of the law.

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  • AB 103 - Public Safety: Omnibus - TAKE ACTION NOW

    Sponsored by the Assembly Budget Committee

    AB 103 passed the Legislature on June 15 and will now go to the Governor for his consideration

    AB 103 would make a substantial change to current law by significantly expanding the prohibiting categories to include persons who have a warrant for a felony or disqualifying misdemeanor. This drastic policy change will violate an individual’s right to due process as warrants can be issued without notice or hearing. Furthermore, this policy is not germane to the budget and would circumvent the normal legislative process for policy measures. 

    Current law prohibits a person from owning, purchasing, receiving, possessing, or having under his/her custody or control a firearm upon conviction of a felony or for ten years upon conviction of a specified misdemeanor (29085 pc). 

    AB 103 also contains additional money and a time for the Department of Justice to implement and allow for the registration of newly classified “assault weapons.” To read more on the recently submitted “assault weapon” regulations click here

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  • AB 424: Firearms in school zones - TAKE ACTION NOW

    Sponsored by NRA-PVF "F" rated Assembly Member, Kevin McCarty (D-7)

    AB 424 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Safety on Tuesday, June 27.

    AB 424 would remove the ability of a school district superintendent, his or her designee, or equivalent school authority to provide written permission allowing a person to possess a firearm within a school zone.

    This is not the first attack on law-abiding citizens lawfully carrying their firearms in school zones. In 2015, AB 707 was signed into law which prohibited concealed carry permit holders from carrying and possession on K-12 and university grounds without written permission from the school authority. Supporters of the bill left the discretion to the school authorities on who could possess firearms on campus because they felt the school authorities were in the best position to exercise that discretion. The question is – what have school authorities done to deserve to have this important decision-making power taken away from them? To our knowledge, there have been no incidents with persons lawfully carrying on school campuses.

    It is obvious that AB 424 is not about making our schools safer, instead this is only about continuing the assault on the Second Amendment and law-abiding gun owners in the Golden State.

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  • SB 87: Public Safety: Omnibus - TAKE ACTION NOW

    Sponsored by the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee

    SB 87 is awaiting third reading in the state Assembly.

    Current law prohibits a person from owning, purchasing, receiving, possessing, or having under his/her custody or control a firearm upon conviction of a felony or for ten years upon conviction of a specified misdemeanor (29085 pc). 

    SB 87 would make a substantial change to current law by significantly expanding the prohibiting categories to include persons who have a warrant for a felony or disqualifying misdemeanor. This drastic policy change will violate an individual’s right to due process as warrants can be issued without notice or hearing. Furthermore, this policy is not germane to the budget and would circumvent the normal legislative process for policy measures. 

    SB 87 also contains additional money and a time for the Department of Justice to implement and allow for the registration of newly classified “assault weapons.” To read more on the recently submitted “assault weapon” regulations click here

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  • SB 464: Firearms Storage and Security - TAKE ACTION NOW

    Sponsored by NRA-PVF “F” rated Senator Jerry Hill (D-13)

    SB 464 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on June 27. 

    SB 464 would change the storage and security requirements of all firearms in the inventory of a licensed firearms dealer. California already has some of the strictest laws in the country regarding how dealers must store and secure firearms.
    This bill simply places more costs and mandates on law-abiding business owners.
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  • SB 497: Firearm Transfers - TAKE ACTION NOW

    Sponsored by NRA-PVF “D” rated Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25)

    SB 497 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on June 27.

    SB 497 would expand the existing one handgun a month law to include ALL guns, including those acquired through a private party transfer.

    This bill is a misguided attempt to expand the current one handgun per month limitation to long guns and does nothing to address criminal misuse of a firearm. Governor Brown also vetoed similar legislation last year, stating, “Given California’s stringent laws restricting gun ownership, I do not believe this additional restriction is needed.” 

    Criminals are already ignoring California’s stringent gun control laws and will continue to ignore additional restrictions. This misguided policy will only impact law-abiding citizens who are lawfully acquiring firearms for self-defense, recreation and other lawful purposes. 

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  • SB 536: Firearm Violence Research Center: gun violence restraining orders

    Sponsored by NRA-PVF "F" rated Senator Richard Pan (D-6)

    SB 536 has been assigned to the Assembly Public Safety Committee.  A hearing date has not been posted as of yet.

    SB 536 would would require the Department of  Justice to make information relating to gun violence restraining orders that is maintained in the California Restraining and Protective Order System or any similar database maintained by the department available to researchers affiliated with the center, or, at the discretion of the department, to any other entity that is concerned with the study and prevention of violence, for academic and policy research purposes, provided that any material identifying individuals is not transferred, revealed, or used for other than research or statistical activities and reports or publications derived therefrom do not identify specific individuals.

  • AB 8: Mountain Lions: depredation permits - Failed to pass Policy Committee Deadline

    Sponsored by NRA-PVF "F" rated Assembly Member Richard Bloom (D-50)

    AB 8 would change the word “shall” to “may” in issuing depredation permits for mountain lions.  

     

     

     

Pro-Gun Legislation

  • AB 521: Hunting Fees - TAKE ACTION NOW

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-11)

    AB 521 passed the state Assembly on May 31 and is now being transmitted to the state Senate.

    AB 521 with the new amendments, would significantly reduce California’s high-priced resident elk tags from nearly $450 to $100 and would additionally create an allocation of youth elk tags for $20 per tag.

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  • AB 757: Shall Issue - Two-Year Bill Returning in 2018

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Melissa Melendez (R-67)

    AB 757 would define “good cause” to include self-defense, defending the life of another, or preventing crime in which human life is threatened, and would provide procedural guidelines to the issuing authority on determining the presence or absence of “good cause.”  

  • SB 710: Silencers - Two-Year Bill Returning in 2018

    Sponsored by Senator Joel Anderson (R-38)

    SB 710 would authorize the lawful possession and use of firearm sound suppressors while hunting.

  • AB 986: Hunting and Sport Fishing Licenses - Failed to Pass Fiscal Committee Deadline

    Sponsored by James Gallagher (R-3)

    AB 986 was pulled from committee.  With this postponement, AB 986 failed to pass out of its fiscal committee by its deadline and is now defeated for the year.

    AB 986 would recognize the many sacrifices our veterans have made by reducing sporting license fees in recognition of their service.  

  • AB 1040: Department of Justice - permits - Failed to Pass Policy Committee Deadline

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Devon Mathis (R-26)

    AB 1040 would require the Department of Justice (DOJ), within 30 days of receiving a firearm-related application, to notify the applicant of whether the department deems the application to be complete and the date of that determination and require the department to grant or deny the application within 180 calendar days of that date, except the bill would allow the department to extend this time period by an additional 30 days, as provided. The bill would also require an application for a permit or license for the above activities that has neither been granted nor denied by the department within these time frames to be deemed to have been granted.

  • AB 1394: Firearms: concealed carry license - Failed to Pass Policy Committee Deadline

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Travis Allen (R-72)

    AB 1394 would require the sheriff of a county, or the chief or other head of a municipal police department, to issue a license to carry a concealed handgun or to carry a loaded and exposed handgun, as specified, to an applicant who meets the criteria specified in existing law, but would not require the applicant to demonstrate good cause for issuance of the license.  This bill would also exempt the holder of a valid license to carry a concealed firearm from prosecution under any state law or regulation that prohibits the possession of a firearm within any specified location.

     

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