Urgent – California Member Legislative Alert March 14, 2013

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LEGISLATIVE ALERT

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:

  1. Extra “per bullet” taxes on ammunition sales,
  2. Ammunition buyer and ammunition purchase record keeping and registration,
  3. State issued permit requirement for a person to be able to buy any ammunition,
  4. Ammunition magazine capacity limit of 10 rounds for all semiautomatics,
  5. Lead ammunition ban statewide for any kind of hunting or shooting,
  6. Forfeiture of firearms dealers licenses for yet undefined offenses,
  7. Extension of the 10 day firearms buyer waiting period in certain cases,
  8. Ban on “bullet buttons” and similar ammunition magazine release mechanisms,
  9. Possession of firearms by prohibited persons,
  10. Mandate that new handguns must be able to recognize their owners and not allow non-authorized persons to fire them (smart guns),
  11. Expansion of the assault weapon definition to include any semiautomatic rifle that can accept a detachable ammunition magazine or which has a fixed magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds, and
  12. Additional restrictions and bans on gun shows. Many of these are of primary interest to hunters.

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 711 (Rendon) Fish and wildlife: method of taking – Would ban the use of lead ammunition for hunting and other lawful purposes statewide. Position: Opposed; Location: Not yet assigned to committee.

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!!!

TO LOCATE YOUR ASSEMBLY MEMBER/SENATOR BY YOUR ZIP CODE:

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:

ASSEMBLY   REVENUE AND TAXATION

Member

District

Party

Room

Phone

Fax

Bocanegra, Raul (Chair)

39 

4167 

916 319 2039 

916 319 2139 

Dahle, Brian (Vice-Chair)

2174 

916 319 2001 

916 319 2101 

Gordon, Richard

24 

4126 

916 319 2024 

916 319 2124 

Harkey, Diane

73 

6027 

916 319 2073 

916 319 2173 

Mullin, Kevin

22 

3126 

916 319 2022 

916 319 2122 

Nestande, Brian

42 

4139 

916 319 2042 

916 319 2142 

Pan, Richard

6005 

916 319 2009 

916 319 2109 

Pérez, V. Manuel

56 

4112 

916 319 2056 

916 319 2156 

Ting, Philip

19 

3173 

916 319 2019 

916 319 2119 

 SENATE   PUBLIC SAFETY

 

Member

District

Party

Room

Phone

Fax

Hancock, Loni (Chair)

2082 

916 651 4009 

916 327 1997 

Anderson, Joel (Vice-Chair)

36 

2054 

916 651 4036 

916 447 9008 

Block, Marty

39 

4090 

916 651 4039 

916 327 2188 

de León, Kevin

22 

5108 

916 651 4022 

916 327 8817 

Knight, Steve

21 

2048 

916 651 4021 

916 445 4662 

Liu, Carol

25 

5097 

916 651 4025 

916 324 7543 

Steinberg, Darrell

205 

916 651 4006 

916 323 2263 

ASSEMBLY   WATER, PARKS AND WILDLIFE

Member

District

Party

Room

Phone

Fax

Hueso, Ben (Chair)

80 

5155 

916 319 2080 

916 319 2180 

Bigelow, Franklin (Vice-Chair)

4116 

916 319 2005 

916 319 2105 

Allen, Travis

72 

5126 

916 319 2072 

916 319 2172 

Blumenfield, Bob

45 

6026 

916 319 2045 

916 319 2145 

Bocanegra, Raul

39 

4167 

916 319 2039 

916 319 2139 

Dahle, Brian

2174 

916 319 2001 

916 319 2101 

Fong, Paul

28 

5016 

916 319 2028 

916 319 2128 

Frazier, Jim

11 

3091 

916 319 2011 

916 319 2111 

Gaines, Beth

2130 

916 319 2006 

916 319 2106 

Gatto, Mike

         
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