NWTF-California Fights for Your Hunting Rights at the State Capitol

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NWTF-California bounced back and forth between the Assembly and Senate Public Safety Committee Hearings on Tuesday. NWTF voiced opposition to SB 880, SB 894, SB 1235, as well as AB 1664, AB 1674, and AB 1695. These bills have negative implications for law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen. In fact, these bills could have a serious effect on hunter recruitment, firearm-related sales, and ultimately, on conservation funding. Unfortunately, all bills passed through and into the Appropriations Committee. We will keep you updated on how you can help us defeat these bills.NWTF Call to Action


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AB 1664, AB 1674, and AB 1695 will be heard at the Senate Public Safety Committee Hearing. SB 880, SB 894, and SB 1235 will be heard at the Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing. Both take place June 14.

These bills would have serious negative effects on all firearm users in California. Indeed, these bills could lead to a decrease in firearm and ammunition sales. As a result, this leads to less funding allocated for state wildlife areas, habitat conservation projects and many other vital components critical to our wildlife in California.

Please contact the Senate Public Safety Committee chair HERE immediately to VOICE YOUR STRONG OPPOSITION to AB 1664, 1674 and 1695. The Senate Public Safety Committee’s public hearing will be held in room 2040 of the State Capitol beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14.

AB 1664

This bill would close the “bullet button loop hole” by expanding the legal definition of “detachable magazine”. The definition would be changed to mean an ammunition feeding device that can be easily removed from the firearm without disassembly of the firearm action, or with the use of a tool. It would leave the current requirement in the code that, to qualify as an assault weapon, a centerfire rifle must have the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any one of several other specified attributes – including a thumbhole stock or forward pistol grip – and require those who lawfully possessed an assault weapon between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2016, to register the firearm by July 1, 2018.

AB 1674

This bill would extend the law currently prohibiting an individual from acquiring more than one handgun within any 30-day period to all firearms. The bill also would eliminate the private party transaction exemption to that 30-day prohibition and instead only exempt a transfer conducted through a licensed dealer – if the firearm is being transferred by bequest or intestate succession.

AB 1695

This bill would make it a misdemeanor to falsely report to law enforcement that a firearm has been lost or stolen and preclude any person convicted of violating the provision from owning a firearm for 10 years. AB 1695 would set poor precedent in that, historically, misdemeanors carrying a 10-year prohibition on the possession of firearms have been limited to violent crimes.

Please contact the Assembly Public Safety Committee chair HERE immediately to VOICE YOUR STRONG OPPOSITION to SB 880, 894 and 1235. The Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing will be held in room 126 at the State Capitol beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14.

SB 880

This bill would revise the definition of assault weapon to refer to a semi-automatic, centerfire rifle or pistol that has one of several specified “military type” features and “does not have a fixed magazine,” rather than a firearm that has the “capacity to accept a detachable magazine.” SB 880 also attempts to address the “bullet button” loop hole by redefining “fixed magazine” as “an ammunition feeding device contained in, or permanently attached to, the firearm in such a manner that the device cannot be removed without disassembly of the firearm action.

SB 894

This bill would require every person to report the theft or loss of a firearm they own or possess to a local law enforcement agency within 5 days of the time they knew, or reasonably should have known, that the firearm had been stolen or lost. The bill also requires every person who has reported a firearm lost or stolen to notify the local law enforcement agency within 48 hours if the firearm is subsequently recovered. By making it a crime if legal firearm owners don’t report their firearms as lost or stolen by a time certain, SB 894 would make criminals out of law-abiding victims.

SB 1235

This bill would require all ammunition vendors to obtain an ammunition vendor license and require DOJ to maintain a detailed database on vendors. Additionally, it would require DOJ to establish a database on those who purchase ammunition including their name, date of birth, address, driver’s license number and brand, type, amount and date of sale of ammunition purchased.  This would also require DOJ to electronically approve the purchase or transfer of ammunition to the buyer by cross-referencing their information with data maintained in the Automated Firearms System. It would also prohibit all internet and mail order purchases unless done through a licensed dealer.

These bills require immediate attention.  Do not be silent any longer!

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