Governor Jerry Brown has until October 13 to sign or veto the onerous bills listed below. Although some in the media tend to grossly underreport the amount of opposition to these misguided bills, Governor Brown needs to understand that California has millions of law-abiding gun owners, sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters as residents and voters.
The NRA has also announced its plans to file lawsuits against some of these bills if they are enacted into law. Although litigation challenging some of these bills is unavoidable if the Governor does not veto them and they become law, the likelihood of litigation will almost certainly not influence the Governor’s decision on whether to veto these bills. There are many sound policy and constitutional reasons that these bills should be vetoed, and they should be made known to the Governor. The NRA has conveyed these reasons to the Governor through veto letters, and we ask that you also convey them in your messages to the Governor. The NRA’s planned legal challenges are simply part of its prudent contingency plan to do everything possible to protect the rights of Californians who choose to own a gun to protect themselves and their families. California NRA members and gun owners should know that the NRA is prepared to continue to lead grassroots, legislative and legal efforts to stop ill-conceived and unconstitutional gun bans in California and throughout the nation.
(Several labor unions have also joined with the NRA, conservation associations and other organizations in opposing AB 711. We appreciate these efforts to stop this ill-advised law, and ask that if you are a member of a union, please let the Governor know this when you submit your veto requests to him.)
The following anti-gun/anti-hunting bills have been passed in the California Legislature and are now before the Governor for his consideration:
Assembly Bill 169 (Dickinson) limits the sale and transfer of all lawfully acquired firearms that were never, or are no longer, on the California roster of approved handguns to two a year and redefines the technical provisions of single short pistols. To view NRA’s veto letter click here.
Assembly Bill 180 (Bonta) repeals state firearms preemption by allowing the City of Oakland to enact ordinances that are more restrictive than state laws concerning the registration or licensing of firearms. To view NRA’s veto letterclick here.
Senate Bill 374 (Steinberg) bans the future sale or transfer of and classify ALL semi-automatic rifles with a detachable magazine or holding more than ten rounds of ammunition as “assault weapons” and the continued legal possession of these newly classified semi-automatics as “assault weapons” would require that you REGISTER and pay a FEE (TAX) on ALL of them. To view NRA’s veto letter click here.
Senate Bill 475 (Leno) effectively bans gun shows at the Cow Palace by requiring approval of the board of supervisors of the Counties of San Mateo and San Francisco prior to any gun shows. To view NRA’s veto letter click here.
Senate Bill 567 (Jackson) redefines shotguns to include any firearm that may be fired through a rifled bore or a smooth bore, regardless of whether it is designed to be fired from the shoulder. SB 567 also bans the sale of shotguns encompassed by the revised definitions that have a revolving cylinder, and requires registration of these currently owned shotguns. To view NRA’s veto letter click here.
Senate Bill 683 (Block) expands California’s handgun safety certificate requirement to apply to all firearms, and prohibits anyone from purchasing or transferring any firearm without a firearm safety certificate. To view NRA’s veto letter click here.
Senate Bill 755 (Wolk) expands the list of persons prohibited from owning a firearm, including persons who have operated cars and boats while they are impaired commonly referred to as DUI. To view NRA’s veto letter click here.
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