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California Update: Anti-gun, anti-hunting bills reach Governor Brown

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By National Shooting Sports Foundation

The California legislature, ignoring law-abiding gun-owners and businesses, has sent numerous anti-gun bills to Governor Jerry Brown.  These bills seek to do everything from banning all semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines to banning the use of traditional lead ammunition in hunting, the first such statewide ban in the nation.

The list below of anti-gun and anti-hunting bills have passed the legislature and are awaiting Gov. Brown’s consideration for a signature or veto.

NSSF urges all sportsmen, gun-owners and retailers to contact the governor and urge him to veto these bills.

AB 711 (Rendon) Hunting: nonlead ammunition – Would expand the current ban on lead ammunition for hunting in the range of the California Condor to prohibit the use of all lead ammunition for any hunting throughout the entire state. Because the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has made a determination that rifle and pistol nonlead ammunition meets the tests for illegal armor piercing ammunition, AB 711 could result in stopping hunting with rifles and pistols as there would be no ammunition for these firearms that would be legal for hunting.

SB 374 (Steinberg) Firearms: assault weapons – Would classify any semiautomatic centerfire rifle that does not have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept 10 rounds of ammunition or less as an assault weapon (i.e. – any semiautomatic centerfire rifle with a detachable magazine; or any semiautomatic centerfire rifle with a tubular or box magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds). Would require that all such firearms be registered with the state and make their future sale illegal.

AB 48 (Skinner) Firearms: ammunition: sales – Would revise the definition of a prohibited large-capacity ammunition magazine to mean any ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, including a readily restorable, disassembled large-capacity magazine or a large capacity magazine conversion kit.

AB 169 (Dickinson) Unsafe handguns – Would limit the private party sales of used handguns that were manufactured prior to the enactment of the unsafe handgun safety testing law to not more than two per year.

AB 180 (Bonta) Registration and licensing of firearms: City of Oakland – Would authorize the City of Oakland to enact an ordinance or regulation, applicable solely to its residents and in accordance with federal law that is more restrictive than state law regulating the registration or licensing of commercially manufactured firearms. Would set a bad precedent for other local governments to do the same thing. Such laws must be uniform statewide.

SB 567 (Jackson) Firearms: shotguns – This bill would change the definition of a shotgun to delete the requirement that it be intended to be fired from the shoulder, and would clarify that projectiles may be fired through either a rifled bore or a smooth bore. The bill would state that this definition does not include handguns, except as specified, and would also delete an erroneous cross-reference.


Please phone, fax, e-mail, or send your veto request.

Phone the Governor:  916-445-2841FAX the Governor:  916-558-3160E-mail the Governor: Write the Governor:Governor Jerry Brown, 
c/o State Capitol, Ste. 1173
Sacramento, CA 95813