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3 California Bills That Need Gun Owners’ Input

3 California Bills That Need Gun Owners’ Input

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With the 2016 California legislative session finally over, Golden State gun owners might think they can sit back and take a breather. Well, not so fast.

On Tuesday, the Assembly concurred with the Senate amendments to anti-gun bill AB 450, clearing the last legislative hurdle. That measure now joins two other measures—one anti-gun, one pro-gun—currently awaiting consideration by Gov. Jerry Brown.

All three of these measures are critical to freedom, and California gun owners are encouraged to contact Gov. Brown today and voice their opinion on them.

AB 2510 is the one measure Gov. Brown should sign into law. Sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Linder, this bill would allow local law enforcement authorities to issue concealed carry weapons (CCW) identification cards approved by the State of California Department of Justice (DOJ) as proof that individuals are licensed in the state. The permits can be used in lieu of the obsolete typed paper form provided by DOJ. 

The following measures should be vetoed by Gov. Brown.All three of these measures are critical to freedom, and California gun owners are encouraged to contact Gov. Brown today and voice their opinion on them.

AB 450, sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, would delete the $100 fee limit on CCW application processing and require more fees to cover issuing and enforcement of a license. According to NRA-ILA, the enforcement aspect of this bill is so ambiguous that it could only be perceived as an effort to price out the ordinary citizen. If the proponents were truly interested in reducing costs of issuance by the responsible authority, they would have considered lengthening the time a permit is valid to reduce administrative costs.

SB 1332, sponsored by Sen. Tony Mendoza, would modify the firearm registration process to allow for joint registration by spouses and domestic partners and require DOJ to maintain both names on the registry. According to NRA-ILA, SB 1332 would further complicate California’s already stringent firearm loaning process and would allow DOJ to take money from the non-related Firearm Safety and Enforcement Special Fund for other DOJ projects. The practice of utilizing fees paid by gun owners on unrelated projects needs to stop. This attempt comes on the heels of a failed audit request of the Dealer Record of Sale (DROS) special fund. The DROS account held a massive surplus just a few short years ago and now is in a state of structural imbalance due to similar practices.

USE YOUR POWER!

Please respectfully urge Gov. Brown to veto SB 1332 and AB 450, as well as to sign AB 2510 into law. You can contact him by clicking here.