Editor’s Note: Californians, your gun-rights are under fire. Stand up and do what you can to convince your representatives that your support for them depends on their support for your right to bear arms.
Summer recess is over and your state legislators are returning to Sacramento to finish the 2014 legislative session. It is IMPERATIVE that you call AND e-mail your state legislators and respective Appropriation Committee members urging them to OPPOSE the anti-gun bills below. Contact information for your state legislator can be found here. Contact information for the Senate Appropriations Committee can be found here. Contact information for the Assembly Appropriations Committee can be found here.
SB 53 would require the collection and reporting of personal consumer information and thumbprinting for all ammunition purchases throughout California. It would also ban online and mail-order sales of all ammunition, including hunting and collectible ammunition.
The bills below are pending in the Senate Appropriations Committee and are scheduled to be heard on Monday, August 4. Contact information for members of the Senate Appropriations Committee can be found here.
Assembly Bill 1014 would allow law enforcement officers to acquire a “gun violence restraining order” against any person by showing only “reasonable grounds” that the person is dangerous. This bill’s low evidentiary standard and lack of a mechanism for individuals to present their own defense before being deprived of their constitutional rights fail to meet American standards for due process of law. Just as restraining orders are abused in other contexts, the proposed “gun violence restraining orders” can be easily abused and issued in cases where officers lack sufficient evidence for an arrest, but wish to deprive an individual of their right to bear arms. We all know how hard it is to get something back or even corrected after the government seizes it, so it’s important for gun owners to have the opportunity to put on their own defense before losing their Second Amendment rights.
Assembly Bill 1609 would make it a state crime to transport or otherwise import firearms into California that were acquired from out of state, unless the firearms are sent to and transferred through a licensed California firearms dealer. Despite the author’s intentions, this legislation is misguided for several reasons. To view the NRA’s letter of opposition, please click here.
Assembly Bill 2310 proposes to allow city attorneys in the counties of Los Angeles and Sacramento to initiate unlawful detainer actions against residents who have been arrested for any firearm-related crime. The NRA believes that AB 2310 is misguided for several reasons. To view the NRA’s letter of opposition, please click here.