(Bill Author: Leland Yee-D)
UPDATE: SB 249 NOW SET FOR HEARING AUG. 16 IN THE ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
You Are The California Gun Lobby! Be Proactive and Get Involved
CRPA Position on SB 249: Opposed
- SB 249 is continuing to move forward in the legislature. We are now down to the final days of the legislative session and CRPA needs your help to HALT SB 249.
- SB 249 is now pending a hearing in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and will be heard on AUGUST 16. This is the last committee hearing before SB 249 can be passed to the Assembly floor for a vote.
- Now is the time to act! Voice your strong opposition to SB 249! Write, call, or e-mail all of the Assembly Appropriations Committee members and your Assembly member. Contact information below.
- Don’t forget to spread the word to fellow firearms owners and sportsmen; share this alert with anyone who can help stop these bills. Contact information is shown below.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: On August 7 SB 249 was amended to include, among other things, the following definition of a detachable magazine as it relates to assault weapons:
SB 249, as amended, Yee.
Firearms: assault weapon conversion kits. Assault weapons.
Existing law defines a firearm as an assault weapon, in part, based upon whether it has a detachable magazine. This bill would define “detachable magazine” for this purpose to mean any ammunition feeding device that can be removed from the firearm without disassembly of the firearm action, and to include a magazine that may be detached from the firearm by depressing a button on the firearm either with the finger or by use of a tool or a bullet. The bill would declare that these amendments are declaratory of existing law, would direct the Attorney General to adopt regulations, and would make these amendments operative July 1, 2013.
Next week’s Appropriations Committee hearing will focus on whether there is a substantial expenditure of state money or a substantial loss of revenue to the state if SB 249 is passed. SB 249 could shut down the sale of hundreds of thousands of semi-automatic firearms in California and result in the closure of firearms businesses, loss of jobs, and loss of tax revenue. This equates to a loss of millions to the state.
The author of SB 249 is attempting to make it illegal to sell and or possess commonly used semi-automatic firearms that, for example, have features such as a flash suppressor or a pistol grip that protrudes beneath the action. There are hundreds of thousands of California residents who legally own semi-automatic firearms equipped with bullet buttons who will be negatively impacted by SB 249. SB 249 does not allow for legal possession of firearms that have bullet buttons installed in compliance with current DOJ regulations.
YOU ARE THE CALIFORNIA GUN LOBBY! BE PROACTIVE AND GET INVOLVED
Please contact your assembly member and members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and ask them to oppose SB 249.
• State that you are a member of CRPA
• Be professional and courteous
• Be concise
• State what the issue is
• State your concerns
• State what action you are requesting
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IMPORTANT NOTE: You may find that some legislators try to reject your email contacts if you are not from a zip code in their district. Please don’t be deterred by their attempts to silence you! Let them know that you have the right to contact them and that you will continue to contact them when there is a Second Amendment or hunting rights issue pending before the legislature. IT IS A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS AND YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HEARD – DON’T BE SILENCED!
* You are encouraged to attend the hearing on August 16! The Appropriations hearing will be held at the State Capitol in room 4202 at the conclusion of the daily legislative floor session.