September 20, 2023
The Honorable Gavin Newsom State Capitol Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: SB 368 | Firearms: Licensed Dealers | REQUEST FOR VETO
Dear Governor Newsom:
Gun Owners of California is writing to respectfully request your veto of SB 368, which would mandate that a licensed firearms dealer store a firearm transferred by an individual to prevent it from being accessed or used to attempt suicide.
This requirement is grossly unfair to dealers who could be exposed to significant and unimaginable liability issues by complying with this statute. Further, if a dealer does not have the adequate physical capacity to accept the transferred firearms, they would be in violation of state law.
Essentially, this legislation would hold lawful California firearms dealers hostage by the state; if a dealer cannot comply with such a mandate to store the firearm of individuals with whom they have no relationship, whether commercial or personal, they could very well lose their license. GOC shares the concerns that firearms should be removed from those who are a suicide risk, and we believe it is far more appropriate for law enforcement agencies to be the receiving parties for such transfers.
It is for these reasons that Gun Owners of California requests your veto of SB 368.
Sam Paredes, Executive Director
GUN OWNERS OF CALIFORNIA
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