Editor’s Note: The following is a news alert from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association. All I can say at this point is… actually, I’m speechless. This is bad. Really, really bad!
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is extremely disappointed that Gov. Brown today chose to sign into law these highly restrictive and unneeded gun control measures, all of which will affect law-abiding Californians while doing nothing to stop the criminal misuse of firearms. By acting within 24 hours after being sent these bills, and not allowing the public to voice their opinions in order to depart for his European vacation, the governor compounded the miscarriage of legislative process and procedure while demonstrating disdain for Californians who now face laws that clearly infringe on their Constitutional rights.
Gov. Brown SIGNED the following bills into law:
- AB 1135 (Levine) and SB 880 (Hall) Firearms: assault weapons – Expands the definition of assault weapons based on whether a semiautomatic firearm has a detachable magazine, banning thousands of popular firearms.
- SB 1235 (de Leon) Ammunition – Requires authorization to purchase ammunition and track what and how much ammunition each person buys, creating a database of ammunition purchasers.
- SB 1446 (Hancock) Firearms: magazine capacity – Makes it illegal to possess magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds no matter how long a person has owned them.
- AB 1511 (Santiago) Firearms: lending – Makes it illegal to loan a firearm to a person who is personally known to you (except for family members with restrictions).
- AB 1695 (Bonta) Firearms: false reports – Creates a 10-year prohibition on owning firearms for someone convicted of falsely reporting a lost or stolen firearm.
Gov. Brown VETOED to the following bills:
- SB 894 (Jackson) Firearms: lost or stolen: reports – Would have made it a crime not to report lost and stolen firearms to law enforcement within the arbitrary time limit. Governor’s Veto Message
- AB 1673 (Gipson) Firearms: unfinished frame or receiver – Would have expanded the definition of a firearm to include partially finished frames and receivers (no definition of what this means) and require their registration.Governor’s Veto Message
- AB 1674 (Santiago) Firearms: transfers – Would have made it illegal to buy or receive more than one firearm in any 30 day period. Governor’s Veto Message
Contact Gov. Brown’s office today and voice your frustration with his hastiness to sign these bills less than 24 hours after receiving the bills, not allowing the public sufficient time to provide their input. This echoes the Legislature’s disregard for legislative rules and procedural abuse, once again not allowing the public a sufficient amount of time to give input on the pending legislation.