The California State Legislature debated bills until early Saturday morning, August 30th. Among the bills debated, were multiple unconstitutional pieces of legislation that were sent to the Governor’s desk, in an effort to infringe on your Second Amendment rights. While we experienced a significant victory with the failure of Senator DeLeon’s SB 53, the ammunition registration bill, we still have a lot of work to do! The Governor has 30 days to act on these bills, and that is where we need your help! We need every patriot in the State of California to contact Governor Brown and respectfully ask him to VETO these unnecessary bills!
Will you join us in the fight?! Now let’s flood the Governor’s phone lines!
Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
Bills on the Governor’s Desk:
AB 1014 Skinner. Gun Violence Restraining Orders
Potentially the most dangerous of the gun-related bills AB 1014, Temporary Restraining Orders for Gun Violence, is experiencing a little bit of drama right now. Rumor has it that the folks in the cloaks, the menches from the benches, and the judicial side of our government, are ticked-off because the legislature is requiring them to have judges available 24/7 in every district of the state to deal with these TRO’s immediately. This while the CA legislature has systematically gutted and nearly bankrupted our courts financially. Who would blame them? More on this as things develope. AB 1014 is on the floor of the State Senate and can be taken up at any time.
Update: 12:30pm 8/27/14
AB 1014 passed on a vote of 23 ayes, 8 noes, and 9 not voting. The debate was centered on a Second Amendment argument but failed to address the technical issues in the bill that create a multi-day and maybe even a multi-week window of opportunity for someone who is suspected of being a danger to themselves or others, to commit what ever travesty they so choose. The process itself, creates this dangerous situation. Also, if the TRO is exercised, the subject is prohibited from posessing firearms, but nothing prevents him from acquiring guns through legal means.
No one wants mentally disturbed individuals who are an imminent danger to themselves and others to be allowed to commit some act of tragic proportions, but this bill unfortunately does not resolve this concern.
Update: 6:00pm 8/29/14
At 5:59pm AB 1014 was sent to the Governor with a vote of 47 ayes, 25 noes, and 7 members not voting.
AB 1609 Alejo. Firearms
AB 1609 makes it illegal for a CA resident to import into the state, any firearm that they purchased or acquired outside of CA without first taking it to a dealer for a background check and a 10-day waiting period. Ah, this is already an existing law and it seems that they just want you to make double sure that it is reiterated with a bill that restates the exact same thing. If you are confused, you’re not alone. This bill was amended on Tuesday, August 19th to make sure that if the Governor signs this bill AND all the other anti-gun bills, that this bill will not wipe out the language of the other bills. The bill is on the Senate Floor and eligible to be heard at any time.
Update: 12:30pm 8/27/14
AB 1609 passed next, on a vote of 21 ayes, 11 noes, and 8 not voting.
Update: 3:07pm 8/28/14
AB 1609 passed out of the State Assembly and sent to the Governor’s desk with a vote of 48 ayes, 24 noes, and 7 not voting.
SB 199 De Leon. BB Devices
SB 199 was also amended on Friday August 22, 2014 to delay the implementation of the bill to January 1, 2016. Excluding paintball guns, it bans BB guns and Airsoft guns, unless they meet the coloration specifications (as if they haven’t ever seen a colored REAL gun). Common sense has left the planet on this one. It is eligible for a vote on the Assembly floor.
Update: 12pm 8/29/14
SB 199 was sent to the Governor’s desk by a vote of 23 ayes, 12 noes, and 5 not voting.
SB 505 Jackson. Peace Officers: Welfare Checks: Firearms
SB 505 was amended and passed with the support of law enforcement (LE). SB 505 began as a bill, mandating that law enforcement officials conduct certain investigatory procedures BEFORE they do a welfare check on any individual. Law enforcement objected to the mandates and the bill was amended to be a permissive bill. Instead of specific investigatory procedures, the bill now only mandates that LE agencies develop standard operating procedures and are encouraged to include certain considerations regarding the welfare checks on persons who may be a danger to themselves or others. Gun Owners of California has been watching this bill through the process and we knew that the LE was strongly opposed to the original bill. We believed that they had the horse power to deal with this issue and they did.
The bill has been sent to the Governor’s office for signature or veto. The vote was 32 ayes, 0 noes, and 8 not voting.
SB 808 De Leon. Firearms: Identifying Information
SB 808 is the bill that will require everybody who has a personally manufactured firearm to obtain a serial number from the DOJ and affix the number on the gun, using a 3.7 ounce piece of 17-4 ph Stainless Steel. It too, was amended on Friday August 22, 2014 but in this case, the amendments protected other anti-gun bills from being wiped out if the Governor signed them all. This bill is also on the Assembly floor and eligible for a vote.
Update: 4:30pm 29 Aug 14
SB 808 was voted on in the Assembly at 4:07pm and the final vote was 45 ayes, 28 noes, and 6 members not voting. This moves SB 808 back to the Senate for a Concurrence vote and if it receives 51% of the vote in the Senate, it will move to the Governor.
Update: 1:00pm 8/30/14
SB 808 passed the Senate and was sent to the Governor’s desk. The final vote was 21 ayes, 12 noes, and 7 not voting.
Please call Governor Brown and respectfully ask him to VETO SB 808!
All members, supporters, and friends are asked to sacrifice whatever time they can, to call the Governor’s office to respectfully ask him to VETO this list of bills.