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California legislature back to work today, hunters contact them!

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Sacramento is back at work and will finish the 2014 legislative session soon. It is IMPERATIVE that you call AND e-mail your state legislators and respective Appropriation Committee members urging them to OPPOSE the anti-gun bills below.

Senate Bill 53 requires the collection and reporting of personal consumer information and thumb printing for all ammunition purchases throughout California. It would also ban online and mail-order sales of all ammunition, including hunting and collectible ammunition.

The bills below are pending in the Senate Appropriations Committee and are scheduled to be heard on Monday, August 4.

Assembly Bill 1014 would allow law enforcement officers to acquire a "gun violence restraining order" against any person by showing only "reasonable grounds" that the person is dangerous. This bill's low evidentiary standard and lack of a mechanism for individuals to present their own defense before being deprived of their constitutional rights fail to meet American standards for due process of law.

Assembly Bill 1609 (Alejo) would make it a state crime to transport or otherwise import firearms into California that were acquired from out of state, unless the firearms are sent to and transferred through a licensed California firearms dealer.

Assembly Bill 2310 (Ridley-Thomas & Dickerson) proposes to allow city attorneys in the counties of Los Angeles and Sacramento to initiate unlawful detainer actions against residents who have been arrested for any firearm-related crime.

The bills below are pending in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and are scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, August 6. Contact information for members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee can be found here.

Senate Bill 199 (DeLeon) removes the BB device exception from the imitation firearm prohibition. This would effectively prohibit the manufacture, purchase or sale anything that was previously considered a BB device (including traditional air guns) unless the entire exterior surface of the device is brightly colored or translucent. Under federal law, airsoft guns are already subject to very specific marking requirements mandated by the federal imitation firearms law.

Senate Bill 580 (Leno) would divert millions of dollars from the “Firearms Safety and Enforcement Fee” (FSE Fee) to fund general law enforcement activities. The original purpose of the FSE Fee was to provide funding for training, testing, and other costs directly related to the implementation of the Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC) program.

Again, the state Department of Justice (DOJ) is raiding gun owner funds to pay for their programs. In the last 36 months, approximately $30 million was appropriated from the Dealers’ Record of Sale Special Account (DROS Fund) for use in APPS and APPS-related law enforcement activities.

Senate Bill 808 (DeLeon) would make it a crime under California law for an individual to manufacture a firearm without first obtaining California Department of Justice approval to do so and subsequently engraving a DOJ-provided serial number on the firearm. Additionally, SB 808 will promote the destruction and devaluation of existing firearms without any tangible public safety benefit.

The 2014 legislative session is likely to wrap up at the end of August, so this legislation will move quickly. You must move even quicker to spread the word to your family, friends, fellow gun owners and sportsmen in California urging them to call their state Senator and Assemblyman to OPPOSE the bills above.

Tell your state legislator that criminals do not respect or obey current firearm laws and they will simply ignore any new firearm laws, so let’s try a new strategy and protect law-abiding gun owners.

Contact information for the Senate Appropriations Committee is here

For more information on the NRA's compelling arguments against these bills check here and here and here and here and here

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