We at GOC are hardly soothsayers, but we’ve been in this game long enough to know that
liberals will never pass up an opportunity to mess with our gun rights. As predicted, the compost pile of California legislation has grown! It’s as if they are trying to out “anti-gun” each other, and we – the intelligent and law abiding are right in their cross-hairs.
GOC is in for a very busy year, fighting each backwards attempt to “protect the public” – whether it’s the Newsom Nonsense or a pile of Legislative Litter. To bad they don’t realize there’s a much better way to go at this (think ProJectProTect for one!)
Here’s a run-down on what bills have been introduced, what GOC is opposing, and yes – what we are supporting, too. Since we are going at this with the analogy of a compost heap, here are the bills that don’t even come close to passing the smell test. In fact, they are pretty dang stinky:
AB 1663 AUTHOR: Chiu [D] OPPOSE
Classifies a semiautomatic centerfire rifle that does not have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept no more than 10 rounds as an “assault weapon.” Requires a person who lawfully possessed an assault weapon that does not have a fixed magazine, including those weapons with an ammunition feeding device that can be removed readily from the firearm with the use of a tool (bullet button), to register the firearm.
AB 1664 AUTHOR: Levine [D] OPPOSE
Amends the definition of an “assault weapon” to include weapons equipped with the “bullet button” or other tool that allows for easily changeable magazines. Provides a registration deadline for such weapons in legal possession with the Department of Justice. Authorizes a registration fee, provides for Internet registration and requires regulations.
AB 1673 AUTHOR: Gipson [D] OPPOSE
Closes a supposed “loophole” by expanding the definition of firearm to include an unfinished frame or receiver that can be readily converted to the functional condition of a finished frame or receiver.
AB 1674 AUTHOR: Santiago [D] OPPOSE
Caps the number of firearms that may be purchased by a person at one per month – the same restriction currently in place for handguns.
AB 2165 AUTHOR: Bonta [D] OPPOSE
Makes it a crime for any person to manufacture, import in the state, keep for sale, offer or expose for sale, give, or lend an unsafe handgun.
AB 2459 AUTHOR: McCarty [D] OPPOSE
Requires a licensee to ensure that it’s business premises are monitored by video surveillance that, among other requirements, visually records and archives footage of every sale or transfer of a firearm or ammunition, in a manner that makes the facial features of the purchaser clearly visible in the recorded footage.
SB 880 AUTHOR: Hall [D] OPPOSE
Revises the definition of “assault weapon” to mean a semiautomatic centerfire rifle, or a semiautomatic pistol that does not have a fixed magazine but has any one of specified attributes; mandates registration and fee increases.
SB 894 AUTHOR: Jackson [D] OPPOSE
Requires every person to report the theft or loss of a firearm to law enforcement within a specified number of days of the time he or she knew or reasonably should have known that the firearm had been stolen or lost; provides a penalty for failing to report said theft or loss.
SB 1006 AUTHOR: Wolk [D] OPPOSE
Enacts the Firearm Violence Research Act. Declares the intent of the Legislature that the Regents of the University of California establish the California Firearm Violence Research Center to research firearm related violence. Requires the university to report specified information regarding the activities of the center and information pertaining to research grants.
SB 1407 AUTHOR: De Leon [D] OPPOSE
Requires a person who manufactures or assembles a firearm to apply for a unique serial number of other identifying mark and mandates anyone who owns a gun without a serial number to apply for a unique serial number or mark of identification. Requires a firearms eligibility check before the Department of Justice may grant a serial number application.
SB 1446 AUTHOR: Hancock [D] OPPOSE
Relates to ammunition capacity and revises the definition of large capacity magazine feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition to include those which have been permanently modified to hold no more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Provides for criminal penalties.
SJR 20 AUTHOR: Hall [D] OPPOSE
Urges the Congress to lift an existing prohibition against publicly funded scientific research on the causes of gun violence and its effects on public health and to appropriate funds for that research.
Here’s some good news – we have a host of bills that actually do something positive! Check these good bills out ~
AB 1869 AUTHOR: Melendez [R] SUPPORT
Makes the buying or receiving of a stolen firearm, with knowledge that the property was stolen a misdemeanor or a felony.
AB 2340 AUTHOR: Gallagher [R] SUPPORT
Exempts from both the gun free school zone and the university prohibitions a person holding a valid license to carry a concealed firearm who is also protected by a domestic violence protective order.
AB 2478 AUTHOR: Melendez [R] SUPPORT
Makes certain firearms offenses punishable by actual imprisonment of 2, 3 or 4 years.
AB 2508 AUTHOR: Mathis [R] SUPPORT
Relates to the safe handgun roster; allows a handgun model removed for any reason other than its failure upon retesting to be reinstated to the roster upon a petition to the Attorney General for reinstatement.
AB 2510 AUTHOR: Linder [R] SUPPORT
Requires the Attorney General to develop a uniform license for concealed weapons permits that may be used as indicia of proof of licensure throughout the state.
AB 2540 AUTHOR: Melendez [R] SUPPORT
Provides a sales and use tax exemption for the gross receipts from the sale of, and the storage, use, or other consumption of, gun safes with a specified cost range and trigger locks.
AB 2666 AUTHOR: Baker [R] SUPPORT
Relates to felons in possession of firearms, and mandates punishment for subsequent convictions of that felony.
SB 1332 AUTHOR: Mendoza [D] SUPPORT
Requires the Department of Justice to modify its registration form so that both spouses may register as the owners of the firearm.
There are others that GOC is looking at, including bills on gun transportation, imitation firearms, etc – none of which merit a support or oppose position at this point but they do deserve a watchful eye – so that’s exactly what they are going to get! Of course, the monkey-business has already started – we will have more on that in future posts.
We will be posting our analysis of each bill, but beware – bills have a tendency to morph as they work their way through the process so check out our website for links to each proposal, as well as regular updates (under the “Legislation” tab). And while you’re at it, join the Project!