GOVERNOR BROWN TAKES ACTION ON MAJOR GUN LEGISLATION
In a legislative session that saw mixed results for California’s sportsmen and firearms owners, the Governor has signed or vetoed the legislation that we have been closely following. Some of the bills that we have supported or opposed are listed herein.
A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone who helped the NRA stand up for our Second Amendment freedoms during this extremely busy and sometimes hectic legislative session.
THE GOOD NEWS
SB 1366, introduced by state Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-7), would require every person to report the theft or loss of a firearm he or she owns or possesses to a local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which the theft or loss occurred within 48 hours of the time he or she knew or reasonably should have known that the firearm had been stolen or lost. Law-abiding gun owners should not be made a victim twice and punished for theft of their firearm(s).
AB 2333, introduced by Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-69), would expand California’s negligent storage law to any person who knowingly or reasonably should have known that a minor is likely to gain access to a BB device without the permission of the minor’s parents or legal guardian and the minor carries the BB device in a public place. The definition of “public place” includes a “front yard, driveway, doorway or entrance to a building or dwelling.”
If a minor possesses a “BB device” that is visible from your own private property you and your child would be in violation. Violators would be subject to a civil penalty and/or community service.
AB 2460, introduced by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-9), would ban law enforcement officers from transferring handguns that are not on California’s approved “roster” to anyone but law enforcement officers. Currently, California law allows for the transfer of firearms that are not on the approved “roster” to be transferred to law-abiding civilians. These transfers must go through a licensed firearms dealer and are only transferred when the new civilian owner has passed a criminal background check.
Senate Bill 1367 – Archery Season, Deer: Concealed Firearms – SIGNED
SB 1367, introduced by state Senator Jean Fuller (R-18), would revise the Fish and Game Code to authorize a peace officer, whether active or honorably retired, to carry a firearm on his or her person while engaged in the taking of deer with bow and arrow, but would prohibit taking or attempting to take deer with that firearm. The current Fish and Game Code section governing possession of firearms while archery deer hunting is in conflict with the Penal Code section that permits peace officers and honorably retired peace officers to carry a concealed firearm. SB 1367 will remedy the conflict between the two codes.
THE BAD NEWS
AB 1527, introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-44), would expand on last year’s ban on open carrying of an unloaded handgun to also include unloaded rifles and shotguns.
SB 1221, introduced by state Senator Ted Lieu (D-28), would ban hunting bears and bobcats with dogs. Hunting with dogs is a tradition that continues across the country. Many dog breeds with select characteristics for hunting can be traced back for thousands of years. Seventeen states allow bear hunting with dogs. The use of hounds for hunting has never been shown to have an adverse impact on wildlife numbers. Biologists and other wildlife experts determine regulations and bag limits, just as they do with other hunting seasons.
SB 1315, introduced by anti-gun extremist state Senator Kevin de Leon (D-22), is just a stepping stone to completely destroying California’s firearms preemption law. Firearms preemption laws are in place to standardize firearm laws across the state. This critical law keeps law-abiding gun owners from being placed in jeopardy of running afoul of local restrictions they don`t even know exist simply because they have crossed from one municipality to another. SB 1315 would authorize Los Angeles County to enact and enforce an ordinance or resolution that is stricter than state law regarding the manufacture, sale, possession or use of any BB device, toy gun, replica of a firearm, or other device that is so substantially similar in coloration and overall appearance to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to perceive that the device is a firearm and that expels a projectile that is no more than 16 millimeters in diameter.
MORE GOOD NEWS
SB 249, introduced by state Senator Leland Yee (D-8),as amended, would make a small but profound change to the definition of what constitutes a detachable magazine for a semiautomatic firearm. By doing so, hundreds of thousands of semi-automatic rifles, which were legally sold in California over the last decade, would become illegal on July 1, 2013. SB 249 also has no provisions to allow permitting, licensing or reimbursement for the loss of valuable property. Worse yet, the bill doesn’t require a public notice program to advise owners of this change in state law. Thousands of owners could be arrested for inadvertent violations. If you own an affected firearm, your only choices would be to destroy it, surrender it to a law enforcement agency, sell it out of state or have it confiscated at the time of your arrest!
For more legislative details, go to CALNRA.com
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