Legislative Session Is Slow, But Don’t Let That Catch You Off-Guard
Each year at this time our legislative team and members are embroiled in a battle in Sacramento. We send out weekly and sometimes daily updates on what is happening, who you should contact, and how you can help fight harmful legislation. Well, just like everything else, COVID-19 has completely changed how we work in Sacramento.
Access to legislators is virtually non-existent (even with those who are friendly) and COVID breaks have become the norm. While we have been told that session will resume July 27th, but it is unclear if this will actually happen with all of the restrictions coming down from the Governor.
We were successful in stopping some anti-Second Amendment bills this session, like the lead ammunition ban at ranges that was introduced earlier in the session, but there are more waiting in the wings. We must be vigilant now because we do not know how quickly things will move once session is back in. We are anticipating an attempt to push through as many harmful bills as quickly as possible. This is where you come in.
There are three anti-Second Amendment Bills that are sitting in the Public Safety Committee. They are not scheduled for hearings, but we need to let the committee know that we do not want these bills going forward!
You can help by calling the Public Safety Committee at 916-319-3744 and tell them not to let these bills move forward!
You can also email members of the Committee by visiting this website https://apsf.assembly.ca.gov/membersstaff that will give you individual contact information for each.
Those bills are:
AB-2532- Opening up Gun Violence Restraining Orders to psychotherapists and would require district attorney to notify law enforcement upon receiving notification.
AB2362-Imposes civil fines of up to $1,000 or up to $3,000 for minor violations by FFLS. This could put FFLs out of business.
AB2847-Seeks to remove 3 firearms for every one new firearm to the Safe Handgun Roster. Also seeks to require microstamping which is not an available technology currently.
Only one bill that we oppose is currently scheduled for a hearing on August 4th at 10AM in the Senate Natural Resources & Wildlife Committee- SB 1175.
You can help!
1)Watch the hearing https://www.senate.ca.gov/ and be informed.
2)Call and Tell Them to VOTE NO! Committee phone: (916) 651-4116
3)Visit the Committee webpage and find contact email information at the bottom for each member. Tell Them to VOTE NO on 1175! https://sntr.senate.ca.gov/
SB 1175 would enact the Iconic African Species Protection Act and would prohibit the possession of specified African species and any part, product, or the dead body or parts thereof, including, but not limited to, the African elephant or the black rhinoceros, by any individual, firm, corporation, association, or partnership within the State of California, except as specified for, among other things, use for educational or scientific purposes by a bona fide educational or scientific institution, as defined.
The bill would provide that any person who violates the provisions of the act is subject to a civil penalty of not less than $5,000 or more than $40,000 for each violation.
“Iconic African species” means any species or subspecies of the following members of the animal kingdom: African elephant (Loxodonta Africana and Loxodonta cyclotis), African lion (Panthera leo), leopard (Panthera pardus), black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis), white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum), giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), Jentink’s duiker (Cephalophus jentinki), plains zebra (Equus quagga), mountain zebra (Equus zebra), hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), and striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena), this includes any part, product, or the dead body or parts thereof, excluding fossils, whether or not included in a manufactured product or in a food product of any species protected by this part.
SB 1175 is an attempt to tell hunters or anyone who would possess any manufactured good with these parts (say that historic firearm) that they can no longer even possess even though they were lawfully taken in another country. And the reason behind it- COVID started in an Asian market and so people could endanger America by bringing in these products. Talk about wolf in sheep’s clothing! They know that this has nothing to do with COVID, but they see it as another attempt to stop hunting-foreign or domestic.
Please make these contact and learn more about all legislation currently being tracked by CRPA here.