California Action Alert – AB96 & SB347 on Governor’s Desk

AB 96 (Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn)

gavelAB 96 (Atkins) Animal parts and products: importation or sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn is on the Governor’s desk, waiting for his action. He has from now until October 11th to act, but he can act at any time. SCI has written a letter in opposition to this bill.

AB 96, if signed, would delete the exemption provided by current law allowing the possession with intent to sell, or sale of, ivory from any elephant and other specified ivory bearing species, including mastodon, walrus, and warthog, rhinoceros horn, or other body parts from these species that were legally obtained before June 1, 1977, or the possession with intent to sell or the sale of any such item on or after June 1, 1977, if the item was imported before January 1, 1977. The bill would completely ban the sale of any item made with ivory or rhinoceros horn, except antiques that can be documented to be at least 100 years old and which have less than five percent by volume of ivory or rhinoceros horn, and musical instruments manufactured before 1975 that have less than twenty percent by volume of ivory or rhinoceros horn.

  • There is NO due process in the bill; fines can be imposed without a judicial hearing
  • Impacts ivory from elephant, hippo, mammoth, mastodon, walrus, warthog, whale, or narwhal
  • Individuals/dealers could no longer sell lawfully possessed ivory items (e.g., antique and collectible firearms)
  • Results in government taking of private property without just compensation – items affected would be devalued as they could no longer be bought or sold
  • Does nothing to end/curb future illegal take of these animals in the foreign countries from where they naturally occur
  • Takes our Fish and Game wardens out of the field and into retail shops in the cities
  • Federal government revised regulations governing the sale and possession of ivory are in the public comment period now.

 

SB 347 (Firearms: prohibited persons)

SB 347 (Jackson) Firearms: prohibited persons is on the Governor’s desk, waiting for his action. He has from now until October 11th to act, but he can act at any time. SCI has written a letter in opposition of this bill.

Current law generally prohibits a person who has been convicted of certain specified misdemeanors from possessing a firearm within 10 years of the conviction. SB 347, if signed, would add to this list of misdemeanors the petty theft of a firearm, and convictions on or after January 1, 2016, for the misdemeanor offenses of carrying ammunition onto school grounds and knowingly receiving stolen property consisting of a firearm.

  • Current law is limited to misdemeanors that are of a violent nature against another person
  • Adds misdemeanors that do not constitute violence against others (e.g., inadvertently carrying ammunition while picking up a child at his/her school would result in the loss of a firearms dealer’s license or firearms possession by individuals for 10 years)
  • Loss of lawful firearms rights for 10 years would thus result in the loss of hunting with firearms for 10 years
  • FFL’s could be charged with a crime that would result in the loss of their license if they inadvertently take in trade a used firearm that later is determined to be stolen.

Please contact the Governor NOW and ask for his veto on AB 96 & SB 347 – He can act at any time before October 11th, so the sooner you reach out, the better:

TO CONTACT Governor Jerry Brown: Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.  To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.

Mail: Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

If you write a letter, please send a copy to us (lynch@lynchlobby.com or FAX: 916-443-7353).

In addition, after sending your letter OR e-mailing the Governor OR calling the Governor to ask for his veto on these bills, please go to http://signletternow.com/ab-96-ivory-and-rhinoceros-horn/ And/Or http://signletternow.com/sign-the-letter/sb-347-firearms-prohibited-persons/and scroll to the bottom of the page. Please enter your name, city, zip code, and e-mail address. We will then add your name to a master letter to the Governor urging his veto on this bill.

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