IMPORTANT CRPA MEMBER ALERT
OPPOSE SB 1366!
Mandatory Lost/Stolen Firearms Reports Bill Authored by Senator DeSaulnier
SB 1366 is co-sponsored by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Legal Community Against Violence, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff.
Help CRPA defeat SB 1366! This is an unnecessary bill with no public safety benefit.
SB 1366 requires that, beginning January 1, 2013, you must report the theft or loss of a firearm, you own or possess, including the make, model, and serial number of the firearm, if known, to a local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which the theft or loss occurred within 48 hours of the time you knew or reasonably should have known that the firearm had been stolen or lost. If you subsequently recover the firearm, you must also notify the local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which the theft or loss occurred within 48 hours. Failure to comply carries a fine not to exceed $100 for a first infraction violation and a fine not to exceed $1,000 for a second infraction violation. For a third or subsequent violation you can be found guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by a county jail sentence up to six months or by a fine not exceeding $1,000 or by both.
SB 1366 is headed to the Senate floor and will be up for a vote as early as the week of May 14. Please contact your senator to voice your opposition to SB 1366. The following are important points that you may want to make regarding this bill:
- If you lose a firearm or have a firearm stolen, SB 1366 sets you up to become a lawbreaker if you fail to notify within 48 hours. You could become a victim twice – a victim of a thief and a victim of this law if you don’t comply on time!
- The language of SB 1366 is very subjective. The reporting time frame of “…within 48 hours of the time you know or reasonably should have known…” leaves the door wide open for zealous law enforcement efforts and no way for law-abiding victims easily prove their situation.
- SB 1366 does nothing to reduce crime.
- Law enforcement would be required to submit a description of each lost/stolen firearm to the Department of Justice automated property system for firearms. The miniscule aid that this bill might offer to law enforcement does not come close to outweighing the new duties imposed on law enforcement and the ongoing funding to complete and track the required reports.
- SB 1366 establishes another state-mandated program on already overburdened and underfunded law enforcement, local agencies, and state agencies.
- SB 1366 is simply unnecessary legislation that California taxpayers cannot afford.
Act now to contact your state senator today and voice your strong OPPOSITION to SB 1366! Don’t delay! And, don’t forget to spread the word and ask others to get involved. Call, write, or email your senator.
BE PROACTIVE AND GET INVOLVED!
Write to Your Representatives and Commissioners
Send your comments on pending legislation and regulatory actions to your legislator and/or the Fish and Game Commission. And remember that it is just as important to send a letter or e-mail thanking officials when they support gun owners and sportsmen. Please keep in mind the following when you write:
· State your name and address (phone number optional)
· State that you are a member of CRPA
· Be professional and courteous
· Be concise
· State what the issue is
· State your concerns or your thanks
· State what action you are requesting
State Legislators: Find the specific address for your legislator at here or address your letter to your legislator and mail it to the State Capitol, Sacramento, 94248-0001