California Gov. Jerry Brown waited until literally the last hour on Sunday to act on firearms-related legislation sent to his desk this session.
Several anti-gun and anti-industry bills were signed into law, including long-gun registration.
Sadly, the steady erosion of the Second Amendment in California continues. Gov. Brown has now proven that he no more respects freedom and the individual right protected by the Second Amendment than his predecessor.
These bills will increase costs for the taxpayer and the state’s retailers, most of whom are small mom-n-pop businesses. It will cost the state jobs and tax revenue, all the while doing absolutely nothing to reduce crime.
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Below is a wrap-up of the bills signed into law and vetoed:
SB 427 (De Leon). Ammunition registration: VETOED. This was sort of a re-run of an earlier bill ("handgun ammunition registration") Gov. Schwarzenegger signed into law. The law was successfully challenged in court as unconstitutionally vague. The case is on appeal. This bill requires registration of specified calibers but also contains vague language regarding "handgun ammunition." NSSF opposed this bill. In vetoing the bill for now, the governor said, "Let's keep our powder dry on amendments until the court case runs its course." Read the governor's veto message.
SB 819 (Leno): SIGNED INTO LAW. This bill allows the Department of Justice to use Dealer Record of Sales (DROS) funds for purposes unrelated to administration of background checks. There is currently a lawsuit pending that challenges the past misuse/misappropriation of these funds by DOJ. NSSF opposed the bill. The DROS fee now becomes a sanctioned revenue stream for DOJ.
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AB 144 (Portantino): SIGNED INTO LAW. This bill bans open carry in the state.
SB 610 (Wright): SIGNED INTO LAW. This bill, which modifies the state's concealed-carry application process, will be beneficial to CCW applicants. It also will delete the requirement that an applicant obtain liability insurance as a condition of obtaining a permit.