Urgent – California Member Legislative Alert March 14, 2013
SCI – First For Hunters
In the Crosshairs — CALIFORNIA Edition
March 14, 2013
Kathryn A. Lynch
IMMEDIATE ACTION IS CRITICAL: PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO HUNTERS AND THEIR OWNERSHIP OF FIREARMS!!!
Recent tragic and highly publicized incidents involving the illegal use of firearms and ammunition have given political momentum to those who wish to severely restrict the ownership and possession of firearms and ammunition commonly used for hunting and other lawful purposes.
The success of anti-hunting groups in passing legislation last year which bans the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats has further encouraged them to pursue additional restrictions on hunting and hunting related activities in California again this year
Those who support extreme controls over firearms ownership and hunting are emboldened to attempt to pass almost everything they have had on their agendas in the past but could not get through the state legislature. They are encouraged by the Governor’s approval of recent bills in these areas and think he will sign almost any bill they send to his desk!
PROPOSED STATEWIDE BAN ON LEAD AMMUNITION RESURFACES
The Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon California, and the Humane Society of the United States have proposed legislation (AB 711, Rendon, D-Lakewood) that would ban lead ammunition in California, allegedly to prevent lead poisoning of scavengers that eat gut piles and other remains of animals that have been harvested by hunters.
Animal rights groups believe that passing such legislation in California would establish a precedent that could be built upon to pass similar laws across the United States eventually eliminating all lead ammunition nationwide.
IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT ALL HUNTERS AND OTHER LAWFUL OWNERS OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION IMMEDIATELY CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE, ESPECIALLY LEGISLATORS REPRESENTING THE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS IN WHICH THEY LIVE, TO URGE THEM NOT TO PASS MORE ANTI-HUNTING AND ANTI-FIREARMS LEGISLATION!
The following is a list of priority subject areas in which proposed legislation has already been introduced, or is known to be planned by future amendments, in the current California legislative session:
There are also several place holder “spot bills” that will be re-written later to reflect their true intended legislative purpose. A number of theses are in subject areas that could affect hunters!
THE FOLLOWING BILLS WILL HAVE LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS SOON. PLEASE CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE DESIGNATED COMMITTEES AND OTHER LEGISLATORS NOW TO REQUEST THAT THEY BE OPPOSED OR SUPPORTED AS INDICATED BELOW.
AB 760 (Dickinson) Taxes: ammunition sales – Would impose five cents per round tax on the sales of all ammunition. For example, the tax on a 50 round box of .22s would be $2.50. Position: Opposed; Location: Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, scheduled for hearing April 15, 2013.
SB 53 (de Leon) Ammunition: purchase permits – Would require that a). Anyone who purchases ammunition first must obtain an annual buyer’s permit ($50) from the State Department of Justice, b). Ammunition sales could only be made in a “face to face” transaction, thus making internet and mail order ammunition sales illegal, c). Retailers would have to record personal information about the purchaser, including obtaining a signature and thumbprint, and list the brand, type, and amount of ammunition purchased for each transaction, and d). Ammunition offered for sale could not be on display in a location that is accessible to customers without the assistance of the vendor or a vendor employee. Position: Opposed; Location: Senate Committee on Public Safety.
SB 374 (Steinberg) Firearms: assault weapons– Would declare any semiautomatic rifle that can accept a detachable magazine, such as the Ruger 10/22, or that has a fixed magazine with a capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, to be an assault rifle, thus banning the future sale and placing assault weapon restrictions on many popular makes and models of both rimfire and centerfire rifles commonly used for hunting, competition, target practice, firearms training, including hunter safety training, and other lawful purposes. Position: Opposed; Location: Senate Committee on Public Safety.
AB 1230 (Donnelly) Mammals: use of dogs to pursue bears and bobcats – Would remove the current prohibition on the use of dogs to pursue bears and bobcats, and instead allow the use of one dog per hunter to hunt bears during the open deer season and more than one dog per hunter to pursue bears during the open bear season, except when it overlaps with the archery or regular deer seasons. . Position: Support; Location: Assembly Committee on Water, Parks & Wildlife.
PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION! CONTACT YOUR OWN STATE LEGISLATORS AND THE MEMBERS OF THE DESIGNATED COMMITTEES TO ASK THEM TO OPPOSE OR SUPPORT THESE BILLS AS INDICATED ABOVE!!
THE OPPOSED BILLS WOULD DO NOTHING TO SOLVE PROBLEMS INVOLVING THE USE OF A FIREARM, BUT WOULD GREATLY INTEREFERE WITH THE USE OF FIREARMS BY LAWFUL INDIVIDUALS FOR HUNTING AND OTHER LEGAL PURPOSES!!!
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Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ . Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”. Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.
ASSEMBLY/SENATE COMMITTEES REFERRED TO IN ALERT ABOVE:
SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY