Thursday, November 24 2022

The California Legislature begins its summer recess today, but not before a busy week filled with provocative actions against the Supreme Court’s recent victory in the NRA case of NYSRPA v. Brun. The Legislature passed several anti-gun bills out of political committees and passed eight anti-gun bills on the governor’s desk, two of which he signed yesterday immediately after receiving them. With this swift action, the NRA continues to fight these proposals and is considering all available options, including litigation. Contact the Governor Newsom at (916) 445-2841 and urge him to veto AB 311, AB 1594, AB 1769, AB 2156, SB 915 and SB 1327!

Signed by the Governor

Assembly Bill 1621, introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-65), expands what is considered a “precursor coin” under existing law and requires serial numbers on these parts. In addition, it expands the definition of “firearm” for the purposes of criminal and regulatory sanctions to include “precursor parts”. And finally, it prohibits the possession, transfer, sale or advertisement of milling machines whose sole or primary purpose is to manufacture anyone other than licensed manufacturers or importers of firearms. . * AB 1621 was adopted with an emergency clause, meaning it took effect immediately.

Assembly Bill 2571, introduced by Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-16), prohibits the advertising or marketing of firearms or ammunition in a manner that is “attractive to minors“, replacing language in the current law specifically prohibiting”advertising[ing] to minors.” This legislation is worded so broadly that it will be devastating to conservation, safety, and education efforts statewide. * AB 2571 was adopted with an emergency clause, meaning it took effect immediately.

Passed by the Legislature and will soon be eligible for Governor’s Review:

Assembly Bill 311, introduced by Assemblyman Christopher Ward (D-78), prohibits the display or sale of “precursor firearm parts” at gun shows fire at the Del Mar Fairgrounds from 22n/a Departmental agricultural association.

Assembly Bill 1594, introduced by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-19), creates a private right of action against members of the gun industry for failure to implement “reasonable” checks. This intentionally vague term can expose the industry to crippling lawsuits whether or not there is an actual violation of the law.

Assembly Bill 1769, introduced by Assemblyman Steve Bennett (D-37), prohibits officers, employees, operators, tenants or licensees of 31st District Agricultural Association to enter into an agreement authorizing the sale of firearms, firearm parts or ammunition on properties or buildings that include the Ventura County Expo and Event Center or properties in Ventura County and the City of Ventura that are owned, leased, operated or occupied by the District.

Assembly Bill 2156, introduced by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-15), reduces the number of firearms a private citizen can manufacture in a year from 50 to no more than three. Additionally, it prohibits individuals from using 3D printing to manufacture firearms, precursor parts, or magazines.

Senate Bill 915, introduced by Sen. Dave Min (D-37), prohibits agents or employees of the state, operators, lessees or licensees from entering into an agreement authorizing the sale of weapons firearms, precursor parts or ammunition on property that is owned, leased, occupied or operated by the state.

Senate Bill 1327, introduced by Sen. Robert Hertzberg (D-18), creates a private right of action that allows individuals to bring civil suits against anyone who manufactures, distributes, transports, sells or imports weapons firearms prohibited in California, as well as precursor parts of firearms. Current law already provides remedies for the illegal activities of gun dealers and manufacturers.

Adopted by the Assembly Public Safety Committee

Senate Bill 918, introduced by Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-25), was amended to challenge the Supreme Court’s recent ruling imposing sweeping reforms to California’s existing concealment wear laws. Some of the provisions include: dramatically expanding weapon-free zones, requiring signage for private businesses where you “can” transport, doubling training requirements, and maintaining the ability to do in-person interviews, psychiatric assessments, and allowing “time , location and permit restrictions. * SB 918 will be heard before the Assembly Appropriations Committee on August 3.

Adopted by the Senate Committee on Public Safety

Assembly Bill 1227, introduced by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-10), has been gutted and amended to contain the wording of Assembly Bill 1223. It imposes a 10% excise tax on the sale price of a handgun and places an 11% excise tax on the sale price of all long guns, rifles, precursor parts fire and ammunition. These taxes are to be collected from California retailers and placed in a newly created fund for appropriation by the state legislature. * AB 1227 will be heard at the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 1.

Assembly Bill 2870, introduced by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-53), expands California’s gun violence prohibition ordinance to allow additional journalists to now include roommates, dating partners and other family members, up to 4e level of consanguinity and affinity (this may include first cousin-in-law or a great-great-grandparent). * AB 2870 has been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee but has not been scheduled for a hearing at this time.

Adopted by the Judiciary Committee of the Assembly

Senate Bill 505, introduced by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-9), makes a person who owns a firearm strictly civilly liable for every incident of property damage, bodily injury or death resulting from the use of the firearm. Additionally, the law requires a firearm owner to obtain and maintain insurance at all times and keep proof of that coverage with the firearm at all times. * SB 505 will be heard before the Assembly Appropriations Committee on August 3.

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