BILLS WE SUPPORTED
SIGNED INTO LAW: Possession limits
SB 392 (Berryhill, R-Modesto), 1) helps clarify game bird possession definitions, including when the possession of legally taken gamebirds ends by processing them into food and, 2) allows for unintentional or minor gamebird possession violations to be prosecuted as infractions (rather than only misdemeanors).
SIGNED INTO LAW: Cover crops, hunter input, funding
SB 749 (Wolk, D-Davis), 1) makes it state policy under the Water Code to encourage a landowner to grow a cover crop (i.e. vetch) for gamebird habitat purposes on fallowed land as a result of a bona fide water transfer, 2) allows licensed hunters a more formal opportunity to provide input on the hunt programs on State Wildlife Areas; and 3) ensures that agricultural lease monies generated on state wildlife areas are available for land management and operations purposes. View our letter (PDF) here.
BILLS WE OPPOSED
VETOED BY GOVERNOR: Allowing Oakland to regulate firearms
AB 180 (Bonta, D-Alameda): The bill would have allowed the City of Oakland to enact a local ordinance that would regulate the registration or licensing of firearms. View our letter (PDF) here.
VETOED BY GOVERNOR: Firearm theft reporting
SB 299 (DeSaulnier, D-Concord): SB 299 would have imposed criminal penalties on any firearm owner who failed to report the theft or loss of a firearm within seven days. View our letter (PDF) here.
VETOED BY GOVERNOR: “Assault weapons”
SB 374 (Steinberg, D-Sacramento): This bill would have reclassified all semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines as “assault weapons,” making it illegal to buy or sell them, and requiring existing owners to register these types of firearms. View our letter (PDF) here.
FAILED: Ammunition regulation
SB 53 (De León, D-Los Angeles): SB 53 would have 1) required all ammunition purchasers to annually register (including a background check) and pay a fee of up to $50, 2) ban Internet and mail order purchases of shotgun and rifle ammunition, and 3) put new requirements and fees on ammunition vendors. View our letter (PDF) here.
FAILED: Unsecured firearms
SB 108 (*Yee, D-San Francisco): This bill would have made it illegal for gun owners not to secure firearms – even unloaded ones – while they are outside of their homes or even any temporary residence such as a motel or motor home. View our letter (PDF) here.
*Leland Yee is in federal prison through 2020 on racketeering charges for crimes including gun trafficking – read more here.
SIGNED INTO LAW, BUT AMENDED TO REMOVE OBJECTIONABLE PROVISIONS: Ammunition sharing
AB 48 (Skinner, D-Oakland): As introduced, AB 48 would have required someone furnishing ammunition to another person or business to obtain proper identification from the purchaser, be an authorized firearms dealer and submit a report to the Department of Justice. View our letter (PDF) here.
SIGNED INTO LAW, BUT AMENDED TO REMOVE OBJECTIONABLE PROVISIONS: Firearm owner liability
AB 231 (Ting, D-San Francisco): As introduced, the bill would have held firearm owners strictly liable for the accidental injury or misuse of his/her firearm. View our letter (PDF) here.
SIGNED INTO LAW, BUT AMENDED TO REMOVE OBJECTIONABLE PROVISIONS: Long gun safety test
SB 683 (Block, D-San Diego): SB 683, as introduced, would require anyone purchasing or receiving a shotgun or rifle to first pass a safety test and pay a $15 fee. It was amended to exempt licensed hunters. View our letter (PDF) here.