Gun Laws & Legislation

California: Three More Anti-Gun Bills Signed Into Law And One Anti-Gun Bill Vetoed

NRA ILA Contributor
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On the final day of Governor Jerry Brown’s deadline to act on pending legislation, he signed into law three more anti-gun bills and vetoed one anti-gun bill.

Anti-gun bills signed into law yesterday:

  • Senate Bill 199 removes exceptions for limited airsoft and bb device the imitation firearm marking requirements.
  • Assembly Bill 1609 makes it a state crime to transport or otherwise import firearms into California that were acquired from out of state, unless the firearms are sent to and transferred through a licensed California gun dealer.
  • Assembly Bill 1014 authorizes a family member or law enforcement officer to file for a restraining order against you to have your firearms forfeited. 

The following two anti-gun bills were already signed into law earlier this year:

  • Assembly Bill 1964 unnecessarily removes existing exemptions for all single-shot pistols, other than those with a break top or bolt-action, from California’s roster of “not unsafe” handguns.
  • Assembly Bill 2310 allows city attorneys in Los Angeles and Sacramento counties to initiate unlawful detainer actions against residents who have been arrested for any firearm-related crime. 

Anti-gun bill vetoed yesterday:

  • Senate Bill 808 would have required special permission from the DOJ to build a firearm and would have mandated registration of these firearms.  The NRA’s veto letter outlined in detail for the governor the many practical problems with the bill and the lack of any public safety benefit, prompting the veto. The Governor’s veto message can be viewed here. 

Some minor good news for California sportsmen, the following two pro-hunting bills were signed into law on September 19.

  • Assembly Bill 1709 expands junior hunting licenses to 16 and 17 year olds.
  • Assembly Bill 2105 requires the state Department of Fish and Game to authorize a non-profit organization designated by the department to assist in the sale of Nelson bighorn ram tags and to retain five percent of the amount of the sale price of the tag, plus any applicable credit card fees, as a reasonable vendor fee.