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Legislatie Update: Anti Gun

Legislative Update: Comment now on anti-gun, anti-hunter legislation

Special to Western Outdoor NewsPublished: May 08, 2019

SACRAMENTO — The 2019 Session of the California State Legislature is in full swing, and it is clear that Democrats are set on continuing their assault on law-abiding citizens by attacking their rights from every angle.

This year, bills have been introduced that would increase taxes on firearms and ammunition, require background checks and dealer involvement on firearm parts, increase regulations on how firearms are to be stored and transported, ban certain firearm related insurance, ban gun shows at specific localities and increase restrictions on licensed dealers including storage and security and requiring video and audio recordings to name a few.


This is not a comprehensive list but a sample of some of this year’s most egregious. “We anticipate amendments to the bills listed, as well as gut and amends that could be of concern as the session progresses,” read the NRA/ILA release. Bill Gaines of Gaines and Associates provided WON with updates on the bills as of May 3:


Assembly Bill 12, sponsored by Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin (D-44), would extend the duration of California’s gun violence restraining order law from one year to five. Meaning a person could be prohibited from owning and possessing firearms for five years at a time without ever being adjudicated mentally ill or convicted of a crime, but based on third party allegations. AB 12 has passed through the Assembly and is now in the Senate where it will be first heard in Senate Public Safety Committee, but has yet to be scheduled.


Assembly Bill 18, sponsored by Assembly Member Marc Levine (D-10), would impose a $25 excise tax on the sale of new handguns and semi-automatic firearms. AB 18 is in the Assembly Appropriations Com­mittee and has been placed on the "suspense" file. AB 18 must be heard and passed out of Assembly Appropriations Com­mittee by May 17th to meet legislative deadline.


Assembly Bill 61, sponsored by Assembly Member Philip Ting (D-19), would expand the list of those eligible to file gun violence restraining orders (GVRO) beyond the currently authorized reporters which include immediate family and law enforcement. AB 61 is on the Assembly Floor.


Assembly Bill 276, sponsored by Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-43), and Senate Bill 172, sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25) would modify California’s already existing storage laws, which include a patchwork of local restrictions in addition to requiring firearms be inaccessible to both minors and prohibited persons, by providing additional storage requirements and significantly enhanced criminal penalties for failure to comply. AB 276 is a "two-year" bill and won't be heard until early in the 2020 State Legislative Session. SB 172 is in Senate Appro­priations Committee but has yet to be scheduled for hearing.


Assembly Bill 688, sponsored by Assembly Member Kansen Chu (D-25) would place additional storage requirements for all firearms when left in an unattended vehicle. AB 688 is in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and has been placed on the "suspense" file. AB 688 must be heard and passed out of Assembly Appropriations Com-mittee by May 17th to meet legislative deadline.


Assembly Bill 879, sponsored by Assembly Member Mike Gipson (D-64), would require precursor firearms parts to be sold/transferred through a licensed precursor parts dealer in a similar process to the new laws regarding ammunition purchases. It would further create a new crime for transfer of precursor parts without the involvement of a licensed precursor parts dealer to anyone under 21 years of age or prohibited from owning firearms. Precursor parts include items such as barrels, ammunition feedings devices and upper re­ceivers. AB 879 is in the Assem­bly Appropriations Committee and has been placed on the "suspense" file. AB 879 must be heard and passed out of Assembly Appropriations Com­mittee by May 17th to meet legislative deadline.


Assembly Bill 893, sponsored by Assembly Member Todd Gloria (D-78), would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds property on and after Jan. 1, 2021. AB 893 has passed through the Assembly and is now in the Senate.


Assembly Bill 1064, sponsored by Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi (D-66), would require firearms dealers to obtain a commercial insurance policy that insures them against liability for damage to property and for injury to or death of any person as a result of the theft, sale, lease or transfer or offering for sale, lease or transfer of a firearm or ammunition, or any other operations of the business and business premises, in the amount of $1,000,000 per incident. AB 1064 is in the Assem­bly Appropriations Committee and has been placed on the "suspense" file. AB 1064 must be heard and passed out of Assem­bly Appropriations Committee by May 17th to meet legislative deadline.


Assembly Bill 1297, sponsored by Assembly Member Kevin McCarty (D-7), would remove the cap on fees for CCW permits and require the issuing authority to charge an amount to cover the costs of not processing and issuance of the license but also enforcement. AB 1297 is on the Assembly Floor.


Assembly Bill 1602, sponsored by Assembly Member Evan Low (D-28), would prohibit insurance policy from covering a loss related to the use of a firearm, except for loss of, or damage to, property related to the use of a firearm. The bill would exclude a homeowners’ insurance policy or a commercial insurance policy from that prohibition, if specified criteria are met. AB 1602 is on the Assembly Floor.


Assembly Joint Resolution 4, sponsored by Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-4) would encourage Congress to adopt the Back­ground Checks Act of 2019. AJR 4 passed off the Assembly Floor.


Assembly Joint Resolution 5, sponsored by Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-59), would urge the federal government to adopt universal firearm laws using California as an example. AJR 5 passed off the Assembly Floor.


Senate Bill 61, sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25), would expand California’s one handgun a month law to apply to all firearms. SB 61 is in the Senate Appropriations Committee and has been placed on the "suspense" file. SB 61 must be heard and passed out of Senate Appropriations Com­mittee by May 17th to meet legislative deadline.


Senate Bill 281, sponsored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-11), would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Cow Palace on and after Jan. 1, 2020. SB 281 is in Senate Appropriations Committee and was set to be heard on May 6th. However, the bill was pulled from the hearing by the author — likely because, on April 16th, the Cow Palace Board of Directors voted to approve a statement that discontinues all future gun shows at the venue beginning Jan. 1, 2020. The Cow Palace currently hosts five gun shows a year, including the largest gun show on the West Coast for over 30 years.


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