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2017 California Legislation

Updated Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Anti-Gun Legislation

  • SB 464: Firearms Storage and Security - Vetoed by Governor on October 13

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

    SB 464 has passed the Legislature and is heading to the Governor for his consideration.  Governor Brown has until October 15 to take action.

    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.
  • AB 7: Open Carry - Signed into Law on October 13

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

    AB 7  has passed the Legislature and is heading to the Governor for his consideration.  Governor Brown has until October 15 to take action. 

    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.


  • AB 424: Firearms in school zones - Signed into Law on October 14

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

    AB 424 has passed the Legislature and is heading to the Governor for his consideration.    

    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.




  • AB 103 - Public Safety: Omnibus - Signed by Governor on 6/27/17

    Sponsored by the Assembly Budget Committee

    AB 103 was signed into law on June 27, 2017 by Governor Jerry Brown.

    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


  • AJR 24 - Concealed Carry Reciprocity - Passed Assembly and Senate

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-53)

    AJR 24 passed the Assembly and the Senate.

    AJR 24 would urge the Congress of the United States to not enact S. 446, H.R. 38, or any other similar “concealed carry reciprocity” legislation that would require the State of California to recognize the concealed carry standards of every other state.  


  • SB 497: Firearm Transfers - One-Gun-A-Month Language Removed

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

    SB 497 was amended in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

    The language regarding expanding the existing one handgun a month law to include ALL guns, including those acquired through a private party transfer has been removed.  

    SB 497 now exclusively deals with the storage of firearms by peace officers in unattended vehicles.

     Action is no longer needed on this bill.

Pro-Gun Legislation

  • AB 521: Hunting Fees - Defeated for 2017

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Jim Frazier (D-11)

    AB 521 has been defeated for the 2017 legislative sesssion.

    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.








  • 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.



Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.