SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016
The Senate Appropriations Committee added additional anti-gun bills to the agenda to be heard Monday, May 16, at 10am in the John L. Burton hearing room (Rm 4203). It’s important to contact the members of the Senate Appropriations committee and urge them to OPPOSE SB 880, SB 894, SB 1006, SB 1407, AB 156, AB 857, AB 1135, and AB 1511. Contact information can be found here or by clicking on the TAKE ACTION button below.
In addition to the previously scheduled bills, the following bills have been scheduled:
Senate Bill 880 would make changes of monumental scale to California’s firearm laws byreclassifying hundreds of thousands of legally owned semi-automatic rifles as“assault weapons.” These areconstitutionally protected firearms that have no association with crime. These changes would happen quickly with great individual costs to many gun owners and no public notice. Governor Brown vetoed similar legislation in 2013.
Senate Bill 894 would require a victim of a crime to report to local Law Enforcement the theft of a firearm within an arbitrary time requirement of five days and the recovery of the firearm within 48 hours. Governor Brown has twice vetoed similar legislation stating, “I was not convinced that criminalizing the failure to report a lost or stolen firearm would improve identification of gun traffickers or help law enforcement disarm people prohibited from possessing guns. I continue to believe that responsible people report the loss or theft of a firearm and irresponsible people do not.”
Senate Bill 1006 would enact a California Firearm Violence Research Act and would declare legislative intent regarding the principles by which the university would administer the center and award research funds with taxpayer money. SB 1006 is research that will do nothing but attempt to convince Californians that lawfully owned firearms are a public menace.
Senate Bill 1407 would make it a crime under California law for an individual to manufacture a firearm without first obtaining California Department of Justice (DOJ) approval to do so and subsequently engraving a DOJ-provided serial number on the firearm. This legislation should be opposed because it will effectively nullify the long-standing and constitutionally protected activity of building one’s own firearms. Governor Brown vetoed similar legislation in 2014.
Anti-gun bill, AB 2607, is still awaiting third reading and could be voted on any day. If you have already not done so, please contact your state Assembly Member and urge him/her to OPPOSE AB 2607. Contact information can be found here or by clicking on the TAKE ACTION button below.
OPPOSE – Assembly Bill 2607 would amend the “Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO)” procedures that were created by AB 1014 (2014). GVRO’s were opposed by NRA during the 2014 session because of the lack of due process when depriving an individual of their right to keep and bear arms. AB 2607 would compound the existing problems by significantly expanding the class of individuals who could seek a GVRO.
On Thursday, May 12, pro-gun bill, Assembly Bill 2510, unanimously passed the Assembly and will be sent to the Senate. We will send out an update when its next committee hearing has been scheduled.
AB 2510 would allow local law enforcement authorities to issue concealed carry weapons (CCW) identification cards approved by the State of California Department of Justice (DOJ) as proof that individuals are licensed in the state. The permits can be used in lieu of the obsolete typed paper form provided by DOJ.
Don’t forget to forward this alert to your family, friends, and fellow gun owners and urge them to contact the Senate Appropriations Committee and their state Assembly Member about these important firearm-related issues.