Call to Action
There are times when it is vital to show your support by writing to your legislators in support or opposition of bills that affect waterfowl, wetlands, or hunting opportunity. Find your elected officials at the State and Federal Levels.
2016 State Legislation
CWA actively works at the State Capitol to protect our hunting rights as well as to promote science-based waterfowl and wetland conservation policies. Below is a summary of state bills and issues to be addressed during the 2016 State Legislative Session:
The State Legislature recovened in January. In 2016, CWA is sponsoring SB 1191 (Berryhill), the Wildlife Management Act of 2016, which would:
- Require DFW to prepare wildlife management plans for priority species with the input of hunters, fisherman and the public.
Specify that it is DFW and the Commission’s responsibility to provide hunting and fishing opportunities for the public.
Require DFW and the Commission to support the principles of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model via policies and regulations.
Where there are conflicts between people and wildlife, require that hunting, fishing and recreational activities that generate funds for wildlife conservation to be the preferred means of resolving those conflicts.
Require DFW and the Department to assist in perpetuating and supporting the California’s heritage of hunting and fishing.
Acknowledge the historical role that hunting and fishing have played in funding wildlife conservation, and require DFW to pursue separate funding to cover the costs of non-hunting/fishing and non-game species programs.
Require the DFW and the Commission prioritize funding and staffing to meet the mandates of the Act.
Thus far, the following measures have been introduced that may possibly affect our members’ interests:
- AB 1663 (Chu) - This bill would classify a semiautomatic centerfire rifle that does not have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept no more than 10 rounds as an assault weapon.
- AB 1674 (Santiago) – Would prohibit the purchase, including a private party transaction, of more than one long gun (i.e. shotgun or rifle) within a 30-day period.
- AB 1792 (Woods) – Would require the F&G Commission to allocate a specific number of elk tags to federally-recognized Indian tribes in California for the purpose of cultural or religious ceremonies or celebrations.
- AB 1844 (Gallagher) – Would require the department to reduce the fee required to obtain the above-described licenses by an unspecified percentage for a person who is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States and is a resident of California.
- SB 880 (Hall) - Would revise this definition of “assault weapon” to mean a semiautomatic centerfire rifle, or a semiautomatic pistol that does not have a fixed magazine but has any one of those specified attributes.
- SB 869 (Hill) - Would require a person, when leaving a handgun in a vehicle, to secure the handgun by locking it in the trunk of the vehicle or locking it in a locked container and placing the container out of plain view.
- SB 894 (Jackson) - Would require every person, with exceptions, to report the theft or loss of a firearm he or she owns or possesses to a local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which the theft or loss occurred within 5 days of the time he or she knew or reasonably should have known that the firearm had been stolen or lost, and requires every person who has reported a firearm lost or stolen to notify the local law enforcement agency within 48 hours if the firearm is subsequently recovered.
- SB 1081 (Morrell) - Would require the department to issue a free hunting license, upon application to the department, to a disabled veteran or recovering service member and would require the department, to issue a reduced fee hunting license, upon application and payment of a fee of $5, to a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States who was honorably discharged