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Legislative Update: Assembly and Senate bills — good and bad — working through process

BY BILL KARR/WON Staff WriterPublished: Jun 20, 2018

SACRAMENTO — A number of Assembly and Senate bills are working their way through Committees, and while a few of them are good for sportsmen and women, the majority are a continuation of legislative attacks again the rights of California citizens.

Here’s the current actions as of June 13, with updates provided by Bill Gaines of Gaines & Associates:


Pending in the Assembly:


Assembly Bill 3, sponsored by Assembly Member Rob Bonta (D-18), would raise the age to purchase firearms and ammunition to 21 years old. AB 3 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee on June 19.


Assembly Bill 986, sponsored by Assembly Member James Gallagher (R-3), would reduce hunting license fees for veterans and add the option to purchase a “12 month from date of purchase” fishing license for 130% the cost of a traditional license. AB 986 passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee on June 12 and will next be heard in the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs on June 26.


Assembly Bill 2103, sponsored by Assembly Member Todd Gloria (D-78), would add certain requirements in addition to the already mandated training courses for a citizen to obtain a concealed carry license. Currently, concealed carry permit holders are already required to receive up to 16 hours training prior to receiving a permit and at least four hours of additional training every two years prior to renewal. AB 2103 passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee on June 12 and will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee but has not been set.


Assembly Bill 2151, sponsored by Assembly Member Adam Gray (D-21), would help make hunting more affordable for youths by reducing the cost of certain big game tags for youth hunters. AB 2151 passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee on June 12 and will next be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee but has not been set.


Assembly Bill 2382, 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 2382 is pending a committee assignment in the Senate.


Assembly Bill 2888, sponsored by Assembly Member Phillip 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. The new list is expanded to employers, coworkers and employees of a secondary or postsecondary school that the person has attended in the last 6 months. GVRO’s can remove a person’s right without due process and not because of a criminal conviction or mental adjudication, but based on third party allegations. AB 2888 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee on June 19.


Pending in the Senate:


Senate Bill 221, sponsored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-11), would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Cow Palace located in District 1-A on and after January 1, 2020. SB 221 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on June 19.


Senate Bill 1100, sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25), would place further restrictions on law abiding citizens by expanding the current one gun a month restriction for handguns to include all guns and raises the purchase age for long guns to 21. SB 1100 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on June 19.


Senate Bill 1311, sponsored by Senator Tom Berryhill (R-8), would create the annual sportsman’s license that affords the holder of the license the same privileges as the annual hunting and fishing licenses. SB 1311 would help generate participation and encourage the next generation of sportsman conservationists by providing a convenient and economical way to secure the necessary licensing for hunting and fishing activities in the Golden State. SB 1311 is pending a committee assignment in the Assembly.


Senate Bill 1382, sponsored by Senator Andy Vidak (R-14), would expand the vehicle storage options for gun owners by authorizing the use of a locking toolbox or utility box in pickup trucks or other vehicles that do not contain a trunk. SB 1382 passed out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee on June 12 and has been ordered to consent calendar.


Senate Bill 1487, sponsored by Senator Henry Stern (D-27), would prohibit the possession of certain African species of wildlife. The true goal of the bill is to ensure that a lawful U.S. hunter is not allowed to bring home a hunting trophy — even though the animal was legally taken and the hunter has the approval of the U.S. Federal Government. SB 1487 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wild­life Committee on June 26.


Senate Joint Resolution 24, sponsored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-19), would urge the Congress of the United States to reauthorize and strengthen the federal “assault weapons” ban and would urge Congress to pass, and the President to sign, the federal “Assault Weapons Ban of 2018.” It would additionally call on the California Public Employee’ Retirement System (CalPERS) to engage with companies that produce or sell firearms and determine a method for those companies to withdraw from the sale or production of firearms, or produce a plan for CalPERS to divest its holdings from those companies. The reauthorization of an “assault weapons” ban would burden the self-defense rights of law-abiding Americans without meaningfully addressing the problems it’s purportedly designed to address, it would not impact overall gun death rates, and there is no evidence it would prevent mass shootings. SJR 24 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security Committee on June 20.


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