California: Three minor gun safety bills in committees this week

Fire Congres Not Guns

The California Assembly Public Safety Committee will hear a bill to discuss serial number stamping on handguns and a bill allowing fines of licensed firearms dealers. In addition, the California Senate Public Safety Committee will hear a bill to better regulate firearms licenses for youth.

The NRA asked their members to contact the committees to oppose these bills. Knowing that the NRA always advocates against gun safety, you are requested to take the opposite position and support these bills.

The bills

  • AB 2847 requires the microstamping of its serial number in one place, on the interior of the handgun. 👍 Like
  • AB 2362 allows the Department of Justice to fine licensed firearms dealers up to $1000 for violations of regulations. 👍 Like
  • SB 914 closes several loopholes in the license restrictions of minors. 👍 Like

Gun violence prevention action

Please call or email the office of your state Assembly Member. Ask them to support AB 2847 and AB 2362. Both bills being heard by the Assembly Public Safety Committee. Also, ask your state Senator to support SB 914 being heard this week by the Senate Public Safety Committee.

  • To find your representative and senator’s phone and email, enter your address at Common Cause.
  • Adding a simple message from the heart is powerful. Keep it simple and make it personal if possible. Make sure you include your full name and address.

April 14, 2020

California: Gun stores remain open endangering public health

Governor Gavin Newsom made the choice of declaring gun stores to be essential businesses which allows them to remain open during the pandemic. Pressure is being applied by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago to close gun stores. The Governor must understand that during this emergency, personal contact should be limited as much as possible. Those who enjoy their guns can wait to purchase another one. Evidence certainly doesn’t indicate that a gun will make them safer in the home.

The NRA’s strategy to fight gun safety measures

The gun group asked their members to call the Governor asking him to keep gun stores open. They said:

Once again, California anti-gun extremists are wasting no time taking advantage of the national crisis to read from the same script: while the emergency is under way, continue to destroy freedom and the Second Amendment. 

Gun violence prevention action

Please call or email the office of Governor Gavin Newsom at (916) 445-2841 and by email at https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/. Ask that he close gun stores to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.


  • To find your representative and senator’s phone and email, enter your address at Common Cause.
  • Adding a simple message from the heart is powerful. Keep it simple and make it personal if possible. Make sure you include your full name and address.

March 18, 2020

California: Legislature taking leave until April 13

The California legislature adjourned because of the Coronavirus.


March 5, 2020

California: Alameda City Council passed a gun safety ordinance

The Alameda City Council passed a gun control ordinance this week. I received feedback from several subscribers that they contacted City Council members urging them to pass the ordinance. Thanks to their efforts, the City Council courageously passed the ordinance.

The original ordinance

Ordinance 2020-7722 requires:

  • The safe storage of firearms either in a safe or with a trigger lock. 👍Like
  • Firearms dealers provide video surveillance of firearms sales. 👍Like
  • No person shall discharge a gun or any other device that discharges a projectile within city limits. 👍Like

The results

The City Council approved the regulations, with three changes:

  • Removed criminal penalties for lack of safe storage
  • Required that guns on residential property be stored in a house (no garages or storage units) when not on the person
  • Removed a requirement for video surveillance of store parking lots (but maintained in-store videotaping of sales).

March 3, 2020

California: The Alameda City Council to consider gun safety Mar 3

This evening, Tuesday March 3 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, the Alameda City Council will consider a gun control ordinance. The ordinance will require all firearms be safely locked up and several other gun safety rules for Alameda. They need our support and thanks for their courage.

NRA strategy to fight gun safety

Late yesterday, the NRA alerted their members of the council meeting. It is rare for the NRA to alert their members of local city ordinances. Their alerts usually concern active state legislation fighting any gun violence prevention bills.  When they do alert on local ordinances, pro-gun fanatics inundated local officials with nasty comments and pressure to oppose the measure. That is why it is particularly important to support city councilors who have the courage to stand up to this pressure.

The ordinance

Ordinance 2020-7722 requires:

  • The safe storage of firearms either in a safe or with a trigger lock. 👍Like
  • Firearms dealers provide video surveillance of firearms sales. 👍Like
  • No person shall discharge a gun or any other device that discharges a projectile within city limits. 👍Like

Action

Please call or email the Alameda City Council members. Urge them to support Ordinance 2020-7722 to help keep Alameda safe from gun violence. You can find all the councilor’s contact information on the city website.

Make sure you include your full name and address. Adding a simple message from the heart is powerful. Keep it simple and make it personal if possible.


January 20, 2020

California: Allowing guns in churches and schools failed

This past week, the Assembly Public Safety Committee failed to pass out of committee a bill that would have allowed guns in churches and schools. This is a victory against the NRA for gun violence protection.

The Bills

  • Assembly Bill 503 would have allowed concealed carry license holder to bring their guns into churches or schools. 👎Dislike

Action

This is a notice of victory and no action is requested.

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