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New from CalGunLaws: Microstamping Rule Freezes Number of Semiautomatic Pistols Available for Sale in California

In 2nd Amendment, Buying guns, California firearms laws, News, Selling guns on June 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm

LINK IS NOW WORKING! – Microstamping Rule Freezes Number of Semiautomatic Pistols Available for Sale in California

Despite the flaws in the technology, the obvious ways that criminals will circumvent the technology, and the difficulties crime labs will have in deciphering the marks, on May 17, 2013, California Attorney General Kamala Harris certified that microstamping is available to firearm manufacturers.

With this simple announcement, new and safer state-of-the-art pistol models essential for home and family defense became impossible for Californians to acquire, because to be sold in California all new semi-automatic pistol models must now have microstamping incorporated into their design in order to be approved for sale in California.

Given the manufacturing costs involved, it is highly unlikely that any manufacturers will adopt the microstamping technology, particularly considering their current pistol production can barely meet the demand from other states. As a practical matter, this will limit the types of new handguns available to the California market to those handguns ready all approved for sale and listed on the roster of approved handguns as of the date of the certification.

NRA and NSSF are exploring all legal avenues for challenging this action in court, and a lawsuit is very likely.

Michel & Associates, P.C. has made a legal memorandum and a collection of other materials on the topic available here.

 

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She could have protected herself & her parents–but it was against the law.

In 2nd Amendment, Self defense, Women and guns on January 2, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Theater shooter stopped but no national media attention.

In 2nd Amendment, News, Self defense, Women and guns on January 2, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Bad person with a gun is stopped by a good person with a gun.

But that’s not news.

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.

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NRA-ILA | California Legislature in Summer Recess

In 2nd Amendment, California firearms laws on July 18, 2012 at 7:36 am

NRA-ILA | California Legislature in Summer Recess.

NRA-ILA writes:

California Legislature in Summer Recess

It is IMPERATIVE that ALL gun owners and sportsmen CALL, E-MAIL, WRITE and FAX their state legislators urging them to OPPOSE the bills described below.

When the Legislature returns on August 6, these bills could come up for a vote at any time. Forward this alert to your family, friends, fellow gun owners and sportsmen in California and ask them to contact their state legislators urging them to OPPOSE the following bills:

On the Assembly floor:  Please contact your Assemblyman and urge him or her to OPPOSE SB 1315.  Contact information can be found here.

Senate Bill 1315, introduced by anti-gun extremist state Senator Kevin de León (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 the County of Los Angeles to enact and/or 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.

In the Assembly Appropriations CommitteePlease contact members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and urge them to OPPOSE SB 249, SB 1221 and SB 1366.  Contact information for members of this committee can be found here.

Senate Bill 249:  If you think it is hard to own and possess a semi-automatic firearm in California now, if SB 249 is enacted, it would ban the ownership and possession of AR-15s and other magazine-fed semi-automatic firearms that currently use “bullet buttons” or other tools to restrict the removal of the magazine.  This anti-gun bill would also authorize civil and criminal penalties for possessing a “conversion kit.”

This nonsensical bill, introduced by state Senator Leland Yee (D-8), would restrict any person from importing, making, selling, loaning, transferring or possessing magazine release components in semi-auto firearms (bullet button, etc).  SB 249 would also make the possession of a “conversion kit” a public nuisance, authorize civil and criminal penalties and require surrendering the conversion kit.  This bill would define a conversion kit as any combination of parts that, when affixed to a firearm with a fixed magazine, are designed and intended to convert that firearm into an “assault weapon” as defined in the bill.  SB 249 has been amended several times and regardless of what this bill looks like in the end, SB 249 is a pure anti-gun bill and MUST BE DEFEATED.

Senate Bill 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 to be practiced 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 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.

In the state Senate Appropriations Committee: Please contact members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and urge them to OPPOSE AB 1527, AB 2333 and AB 2460.  Contact information for members of this committee can be found here.

Assembly Bill 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.

Assembly Bill 2333, introduced by Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-69), as amended, 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.  Violators would be subject to a civil penalty, completion of a non-existent course on BB devices and/or community service.  AB 2333 would impose an unnecessary and potentially severe criminal liability on everyday toys (not just BB guns and pellet guns) leading to severe penalties.

Assembly Bill 2460, introduced by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson (D-9), would ban law enforcement officers from transferring handguns that are not on  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.

On a good note, the following bills failed to pass in the state Senate Public Safety Committee and have been defeated for the year:

Assembly Bill 2182, introduced by Assemblyman Norma Torres (D-31), would require that a person be arrested if they inadvertently attempt to bring a firearm through an airport TSA checkpoint and ban that person from entering that airport in the future.

Assembly Bill 2549, introduced by Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-52), would allow only a law enforcement officer who has honorably retired to request to retain their personally owned and regulated firearms.  If an officer should leave for any other reason, their personally owned regulated firearms will be confiscated and/or surrendered for disposal.  The NRA is opposed to confiscation of firearms and this will only lead to further legislation trying to confiscate firearms.

California gun owners: AB 809 and AB 144 require your action

In 2nd Amendment, California firearms laws on August 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm
There are 2 anti-gun bills here in Calif. that need your immediate attention.
The legislators have been on break and resume again Aug. 15th(next Monday).
The 2 anti-gun bills the NRA wants us to focus on are:
AB 809 Long Gun registration
Currently on the suspense file in Senate Appropriations, let’s keep in there.
AB 144 Ban open carry unload
This bill is now on the State Senate floor and awaiting a vote.
Please contact our State Senator Juan Vargas and ask him to oppose these 2 bills.
Call, fax a short letter, or at least send an e-mail to his capitol office as time is short.
Capitol Office:
State Capitol, Room 3092
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4040
Fax: (916) 327-3522
Visit the California NRA Members Council web site to see all the gun bills:
Thanks to Doyle Pritchard for the heads-up.

Gun-Related Bills to be Heard on June 21 in the California Legislature

In 2nd Amendment, California firearms laws, News on June 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm
Gun-Related Bills to be Heard on June 21 in the California Legislature
Contact members of the state Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committee
One pro-gun bill and several anti-guns bills are expected to be heard in the state Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees this Tuesday, June 21.   Please call and e-mail members of the state Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees urging them not to punish California’s law-abiding gun owners and support our freedoms by opposing all anti-gun legislation.
Please forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners across California and urge them to also call their state legislators to OPPOSE these anti-gun bills. 
California needs ALL gun owners and sportsmen to voice their opposition to the complete gun ban that the California legislature is moving towards.
The following bills will be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee this Tuesday, June 21.  Please call AND e-mail members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee urging them to OPPOSE SB 427, SB 798 and SB 819 and SUPPORT SB 610. Contact information for the Assembly Public Safety Committee can be found here.
Oppose these bills:
Senate Bill 427, ammunition sales registration extension legislation, introduced by Senator De León, would force licensed state ammunition retailers to obtain a special local license to operate in municipalities.  These retailers would also be required to notify local law enforcement before conducting business within their jurisdiction.  SB 427 was recently amended with provisions that would require the registration of RIFLE ammunition.  SB 427 passed in the state Senate by a 22 to 14 vote.  This bill is an attempt to overturn the NRA court victory earlier this year which ruled that the handgun ammunition sales registration law (AB 962 in 2010) unconstitutional and stopped this law from being enforced.  Anti-gun activists are determined to take away gun ownership piece by piece and this bill targets ammunition.
Senate Bill 798, air gun, airsoft and BB gun sales ban legislation, also introduced by Senator De León, would treat air guns and BB guns the same as a toy gun by requiring the entire exterior surface of the device to be white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, or bright purple as the predominate color.  Air gun and BB guns are not toys and should not be treated as or manufactured like a toy.   SB 798 would include the complete exterior of an airsoft gun also be colored.  Airsoft guns are already classified as toys/imitation firearms and are regulated under federal law to have an orange tip.  SB 798 does not stop there, it would also place a civil fine on the sale, manufacture, transportation, receipt, or distribution of imitation firearms for commercial purposes.  Ultimately, SB 798 will ban the sale of all air guns, BB guns and airsoft guns unless the manufacturer is willing to take on the extra expense of complying with California’s (the only state) new law, if enacted into law.  SB 798 passed in the Senate by 21 to 16 vote.
Senate Bill 819, further background check fund raid legislation, introduced by F-rated state Senator Mark Leno (D-3), would allow Dealer Record of Sales (DROS) funds to go to the Department of Justice to help pay for the enforcement of California firearm possession laws.  The DROS fund monies were originally collected from every firearm purchaser to pay for the administrative process for background checks.  However, these funds have been raided to help the Department of Justice pay their bills.  As a result, the DROS fund will certainly run out of money.  When it does, what will be their answer to this problem – another increase in the fees for background checks.  SB 819 passed in the state Senate by a 22 to 16 vote.
Support this bill:
Senate Bill 610, CCW statewide reform legislation, introduced by state Senator Rod Wright (D-Inglewood), is a much-needed reform for California’s concealed carry permit application process. SB 610 would mandate that concealed carry license applicants would NOT have to pay liability insurance and would also amend the current sequence for processing the concealed carry application by requiring the issuing agency to determine if the applicant has initial “good cause” BEFORE the applicant is required to expend the time and the cost required for the completion of the approval process.  SB 610 was PASSED in the State Senate by a 29 to 8 vote.
The following bill will be heard in the state Senate Public Safety Committee this Tuesday, June 21.   Please call AND e-mail members of the Senate Public Safety Committee urging them to OPPOSE AB 809.  Contact information for the Senate Public Safety Committee can be found here.
Assembly Bill 809, long gun sales registration legislation, introduced again by F-rated Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-42), would establish a state registration system, similar to the one currently in place for handguns, for all newly-acquired rifles and shotguns.  Under AB 809, the make, model and serial number of the firearm as well as the identifying information of the purchaser would be recorded and kept on file by the California Department of Justice.  AB 809 passed in the state Assembly by a 47 to 29 vote. This bill will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to implement and these additional costs could be passed onto firearms purchasers resulting in future DROS fee increases.

SB610 Call to action

In 2nd Amendment, California firearms laws, CCW on June 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Please contact the members of the CA State Senate and urge them to vote YES on Senate Bill 610 (Wright) http://nramemberscouncils.com/legs.shtml?summary=sb610&year=2011

Some talking points regarding SB610:

  • SB 610 would standardize the application process for a license to carry a concealed handgun and reform requirements for applicants.
  • Currently, some licensing agencies require applicants to pay a firearms training fees, purchase liability insurance and pay hundreds of dollars in costs before the agency determines if the applicant has “good cause” for the issuance of a CCW license.
  • Senate Bill 610 would amend the current sequence for processing of the applications and require the issuing agency to determine if the applicant has “good cause” BEFORE the applicant is required to expend the time and the cost required for the completion of the approval process.
  • If the CCW applicant is determined to have “good cause”, they would still be required to pass a background check/screening and complete the required firearms training before the agency would complete the process and issue a CCW permit.
  • Senate Bill 610 would also prohibit issuing agencies from requiring CCW applicants to obtain liability insurance as a condition of issuance of a license.  Liability insurance can cost an applicant hundreds of dollars per year and is not required under existing law and should not be required to obtain a license.
  • The passage of Senate Bill 610 would reform the current CCW application process bringing uniformity and fairness to the applicants.

Remember, contact the Senate and urge them to pass this important reform bill.  Circulate this entire message to all gun owners, clubs, forums, blogs, etc. Spread the word and keep up the pressure!

If you have any questions, please contact me using the contact information below.

Paul

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H. Paul Payne
NRA Liaison to the Executive Vice President
3565 La Ciotat Way
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 683-4NRA   Office
(951) 779-0740   Fax
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Chip Elliot’s 30-year-old letter still has weight

In 2nd Amendment, Buying guns, Self defense on February 28, 2011 at 1:12 am

Chip Elliott, author of Tomorrow Come Sunrise, responds to Esquire’s 1981 article, “Fifty Million Handguns.”

via Keep and Bear Arms – Gun Owners Home Page – 2nd Amendment Supporters.

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