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GOVERNOR BROWN TAKES ACTION ON MAJOR GUN LEGISLATION [from NRA-ILA]

In California firearms laws, Hunting, News on September 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm

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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
Senate Bill 1366 – Lost and Stolen Reporting of Firearms  – VETOED

 

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).
Assembly Bill 2333 – Liability for Negligent Storage of BB Devices – VETOED
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.
Assembly Bill 2460– Ban of Law Enforcement Transfer of Firearms – VETOED

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
Assembly Bill 1527 – Open Carry Ban (of unloaded long guns) – SIGNED
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.
Senate Bill 1221 – Hunting Ban – SIGNED

 

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.
Senate Bill 1315 – Local Regulation of Firearms – SIGNED
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
Senate Bill 249 – Semi-Automatic Component Ban

– DEFEATED IN COMMITTEE

 

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

 

 

Thanks to the many pro-Second Amendment groups in California that are helping us distribute the important information contained in this CAL-ERT.  Because this topic is so important and many of us are members of multiple groups, we might receive multiple copies of this message.  Thank you for your understanding.  

    

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Justice Dept faulted in gun-trafficking operation – News – Boston.com

In 2nd Amendment, News on September 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm

“…[former ATF acting director Kenneth] Melson made too many assumptions about the case,’’ the report said. ‘‘Melson should have asked basic questions about the investigation, including how public safety was being protected.’’

via Justice Dept faulted in gun-trafficking operation – News – Boston.com

LICENSE TO CARRY LAWSUIT FILED IN ORANGE COUNTY

In 2nd Amendment, California firearms laws, CCW, News on September 15, 2012 at 3:17 am
LICENSE TO CARRY LAWSUIT FILED IN ORANGE COUNTY!

    

September 13, 2012 – In response to continuing complaints from Orange County firearms owners and Second Amendment civil rights activists, attorneys for the National Rifle Association and the CRPA Foundation have filed a lawsuit against Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens in U. S. District Court.
Orange County citizens should be able to exercise their fundamental right to bear arms, but they are precluded from doing so because they do not have what Sheriff Hutchens uniquely considers “good cause” for a license to carry a firearm in public.
The lawsuit seeks to compel her to issue those licenses, and asks the Court to enjoin Sheriff Hutchens from requiring license applicants to prove they have a special need, beyond the general need to defend themselves and their loved ones, for a license to carry before she will issue them one.
Just days after having filed the Complaint, plaintiffs filed a motion for preliminary injunction asking the Court to order Sheriff Hutchens to cease withholding permits. A copy of the Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction is available here
Calgunlaws.com News and the NRA Members’ Councils of California will keep everyone updated on the progress of this case.  Subscribe to Calgunlaws.com e-bulletins to be kept informed.
SUPPORT THE NRA/ CRPAF LEGAL ACTION PROJECT
Seventeen years ago the NRA and CRPA joined forces to fight local gun bans being written and pushed in California by the gun ban lobby. Their coordinated efforts became the NRA/CRPA “Local Ordinance Project” (LOP) – a statewide campaign to fight ill conceived local efforts at gun control and educate politicians about available programs that are effective in reducing accidents and violence without infringing on the rights of law-abiding firearms owners. The NRA/CRPA LOP has had tremendous success in beating back most of these anti-self-defense proposals.
In addition to fighting local gun bans, for decades the NRA has been litigating dozens of cases in California courts to promote the right to self-defense and the Second Amendment. In the post Heller and McDonald legal environment, NRA and CRPA Foundation have formed the NRA/CRPA Foundation Legal Action Project (LAP), a joint venture to pro-actively strike down ill-conceived gun control laws and ordinances and advance the rights of firearms owners, specifically in California. Sometimes, success is more likely when LAP’s litigation efforts are kept low profile, so the details of every lawsuit are not always released. To see a partial list of the LAP’s recent accomplishments, or to contribute to the NRA or to the NRA / CRPAF LAP and support this and similar Second Amendment cases, visit
All donations made to the CRPA Foundation will directly support litigation efforts to advance the rights of California firearms owners.

For more legislative details, go to CALNRA.com

 

Thanks to the many pro-Second Amendment groups in California that are helping us distribute the important information contained in this CAL-ERT.

CAL-ERTs are provided as a free service to all gun owners and Pro-2nd Amendment organizations by the NRA Members’ Councils of California. Please work together with the NRA and help once again defeat the misguided efforts of the anti-gun legislators and fringe groups by cross-posting this CAL-ERT via the Internet, newsletters/publications and hand-outs. The CALifornia-alERT system is operated by NRA staff and volunteers operating within the NRA Members’ Councils Program.    

NRA Members’ Council Office Phone Number (951) 683-4NRA

    

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