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2019 California Legislation

Updated Monday, October 1, 2018

Anti-Gun Legislation

  • Assembly Bill 12 - Firearms: Gun Violence Restraining Orders - Signed into law

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin (D-44)

    AB 12 would extend the duration of California’s gun violence restraining order law from one year to five. Meaning a person could be prohibited from owning and possessing firearms for five years at a time without ever being adjudicated mentally ill or convicted of a crime, but based on third party allegations. 

  • Assembly Bill 18 - Firearms: Excise Tax Defeated

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Marc Levine (D-10)

    AB 18 would impose an excise tax on handguns and semi-automatic firearms. 

  • Assembly Bill 61 - Firearms: Gun Violence Restraining Orders - Signed into law

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Philip Ting (D-19)

    AB 61 would expand the list of those eligible to file gun violence restraining orders (GVRO) beyond the currently authorized reporters which include immediate family and law enforcement.  

  • Assembly Bill 276 - Firearms: Storage

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-43)

    AB 276 would modify California’s already existing storage laws, which include a patchwork of local restrictions in addition to requiring firearms be inaccessible to both minors and prohibited persons, by providing additional storage requirements and significantly enhanced criminal penalties for failure to comply. 

  • Assembly Bill 688 - Firearms: Vehicle Storage - Defeated

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Mike Gipson (D-64)

    AB 688 would require precursor firearms parts to be sold/transferred through a licensed precursor parts dealer in a similar process to the new laws regarding ammunition purchases. It would further create a new crime for transfer of precursor parts without the involvement of a licensed precursor parts dealer to anyone under 21 years of age or prohibited from owning firearms. Precursor parts include items such as barrels, ammunition feedings devices and upper receivers.  

  • Assembly Bill 879 - Firearms: Precursor Parts - Signed into law

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Mike Gipson (D-64)

    AB 879 would require precursor firearms parts to be sold/transferred through a licensed precursor parts dealer in a similar process to the new laws regarding ammunition purchases. It would further create a new crime for transfer of precursor parts without the involvement of a licensed precursor parts dealer to anyone under 21 years of age or prohibited from owning firearms. Precursor parts include items such as barrels, ammunition feedings devices and upper receivers.  

     

  • Assembly Bill 893 - Gun Shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds - Signed into law

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Todd Gloria (D-78)

    AB 893 would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds property on and after January 1, 2021. 

  • Assembly Bill 1064 - Firearms Dealers: Conduct of Business Defeated

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi (D-66)

    AB 1064 would place further restrictions on licensed firearms dealers, including prohibiting a residence as a place of business for licensees, allows localities to place further restrictions on where licensees may operate, requires licensees to carry insurance of at least $1 million in coverage per incident and requires extensive recording of a licensees premise to include video surveillance system that, among other requirements, visually records and archives footage of (1) every sale or transfer of a firearm or ammunition, in a manner that includes audio recording (2) all places where firearms or ammunition are stored, displayed, carried, handled, sold, or transferred; (3) the immediate exterior surroundings of the licensee’s business premises; and (4) all parking areas owned or leased by the licensee. 

  • Assembly Bill 1254 - Bobcats: prohibition - Signed into law

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-54)

    AB 1254 would prohibit the ability to hunt, trap or otherwise take a bobcat except in specified circumstances including depredation permits.  

     

  • Assembly Bill 1297 - Firearms: Concealed Carry License - Signed into law

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Kevin McCarty (D-7)

    AB 1297 would remove the cap on fees for CCW permits and require the issuing authority to charge an amount to cover the costs of not processing and issuance of the license but also enforcement. 

  • Assembly Bill 1602 - Use of Firearm Insurance

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Evan Low (D-28)

    AB 1602 would prohibit an insurer from either selling or advertising liability coverage for bodily injury or property damage resulting from the insured’s discharge of a personal firearm. 

  • Assembly Bill 1669 - Gun Shows and Event - Signed into law

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Rob Bonta (D-18)

    AB 1669 would raise the DROS fees paid by consumers when purchasing firearms and to vastly expand the scope of how these monies can be utilized by the California Department of Justice (DOJ). The DROS account at times has generated a massive surplus at times, so much so that tens of millions of dollars have been utilized to fund other DOJ programs including a $24 million dollar loan to the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS) just a few short years ago. This legislation appears nothing more than an effort to put more cost constraints on gun owners to foot the bill for the massive cost pressures the legislature has put on DOJ in the recent years including ammunition background checks and long gun registration to name a few.   

  • Assembly Joint Resolution 4 - Firearms: Background Checks Act of 2019

    Sponsored by Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-4)

    AJR 4 would encourage Congress to adopt the Background Checks Act of 2019. 

  • Assembly Joint Resolution 5 - Firearms: Firearm Safety

    Sponsored by Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-59)

    AJR 5 would urge the federal government to adopt universal firearm laws using California as an example.   

     

  • Senate Bill 61 - Firearms: Transfers - Signed into law

    Sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25)

    SB 61 would expand California’s one handgun a month law to apply to all firearms. 

  • Senate Bill 120 - Prohibited Persons
  • Senate Bill 172 - Firearms: Storage - Signed into law

    Sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25) 

    SB 172 would modify California’s already existing storage laws, which include a patchwork of local restrictions in addition to requiring firearms be inaccessible to both minors and prohibited persons, by providing additional storage requirements and significantly enhanced criminal penalties for failure to comply.  

  • Senate Bill 220 - Firearms dealers: storage and security - Inactive

    Sponsored by Senator Jerry Hill (D-13)

    SB 220 would further increase the mandatory storage and security requirements for licensed firearms dealers. 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. 

  • Senate Bill 281 - Gun Shows at the Cow Palace - awaiting Assembly Committee assignment

    Sponsored by Senator Henry Stern (D-27)

    SB 120 would expand the penalties for violations of California's transportation laws, including in vehicles or on a person. The penalties include a 10 year prohibition on firearm ownership. 

Pro-Gun Legislation

  • Assembly Bill 1096 - Firearms: Concealed Carry License - Defeated

    Sponsored by Assembly Member Melissa Melendez (R-67)

    AB 1096 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, if good cause exists for the issuance and the applicant is of good moral character and satisfies certain other criteria.

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