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Important CRPA Member Alert On SB 249 And SB 1221

July 5, 2012

Please continue your efforts to stop SB 249 and SB 1221. These two bills may be heard as early as August 8. Voice your strong opposition! Please write, call, and/or go to the CRPA website at www.crpaorg.staging.wpengine.com to email the Assembly Appropriations Committee members and your Assembly member. 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.

SB 249 Firearms: Assault Weapon Conversion Kits (Yee-D):
CRPA Bill Position: Opposed

On July 3, SB 249 made its way out of the Committee on Assembly Public Safety on a 4 to 2 vote. It has now been referred to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and will be heard as soon as August 8. The 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 and components 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 thousands of commonly used semi-automatic firearms, as well as magazine release components. The current language in SB 249 is extremely vague, convoluted, and can easily be misinterpreted. SB 249 provides no clear definition of which magazine release parts would be legal for sale. And since not all semi-automatic firearms fall under the provisions of SB 249 there is room for more confusion. All of this will lead to confusion on the part of the public and retailers about what parts exactly can or cannot be purchased, sold, and possessed. There are hundreds of thousands of California residents who legally own semi-automatic firearms and magazine release parts who will be negatively impacted by SB 249. SB 249 does not address what happens to these gun owners who have in good faith followed the current law.

SB 1221 Mammals: Use Of Dogs To Pursue Bears And Bobcats (Lieu-D):
CRPA Bill Position: Opposed 

SB 1221 failed passage out of the thirteen-member Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on June 26 by one vote but ultimately passed out of the same committee on July 2 on a reconsideration vote (Vote: Yes-8; No-4; Abstain-1). The bill is now headed to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and could be heard as early as August 8. In its hearing, the Assembly Appropriations Committee will concentrate on reviewing the fiscal impact of SB 1221. Their focus will be whether there is a substantial expenditure of state money or a substantial loss of revenue to the state by the passage of SB 1221. It is obvious that passage of SB 1221 would result in significant loss of revenue to the Department of Fish and Game due to few bear tags and hunting licenses being sold (a minimum of $500K), in addition to the loss of business and tax revenue.

SB 1221 proposes to ban sports hunters from using dogs to pursue bear and bobcat. The bill sets up a double standard by allowing government hunters to use dogs to hunt bears and bobcats, while sportsmen would be prohibited from using their dogs to hunt bears or bobcats. SB 1221 attempts to bypass the authority of the Fish and Game Commission, to manage wildlife in California and proposes to move forward without following the mandatory environmental review (CEQA) and public hearings through the Commission.

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 www.legislature.ca.gov or address your letter to your legislator and mail it to the State Capitol, Sacramento, 94248-0001

For questions on Fish and Game Commission meetings, permit revocations, and the regulatory process, please contact the Fish and Game Commission.

Mailing Address:
California Fish and Game Commission
1416 Ninth Street
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
E-mail: fgc@dfg.ca.gov
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Please continue your efforts to stop SB 249 and SB 1221. These two bills may be heard as early as August 8. Voice your strong opposition! Please write, call, and/or go to the CRPA website at www.crpaorg.staging.wpengine.com to email the Assembly Appropriations Committee members and your Assembly member. 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.

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