California: Governor signs two gun control bills

Fire Congres Not Guns

This week, Governor Newsom signed two gun control bills into law. He did not sign the third bill. He signed AB 2362 and AB 2847 which will make California a little safer. He did not sign SB 914 which would have helped keep guns away from children.

The Bills

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

 

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September 2, 2020

California: Three gun control bills waiting Governor’s final signature

The week, the California legislature passed three gun violence prevention bills. They all move to the Governor’s office for final signature. NRA members will call in opposition to these bills. We ask that concerned citizens desiring better gun safety laws, contact Governor Newsom urging him to sign this gun safety bill.

The bills

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

Gun Violence Prevention Action

Please call or email Governor Newson’s office and urge him to sign AB 2362, AB 2847 and SB 914. Passage of these three bills will help reduce gun violence in California.

  • Adding a simple message from the heart is powerful. Keep it simple and make it personal if possible.

August 21, 2020

California: Floor votes on gun safety bills expected any time

The State Senate and Assembly are ready to vote on four gun control type bills. The votes can be called at any time in the next week or two. Of course, the NRA alerted their members to call their legislators in opposition to these bills. NRA members will make the calls. Concerned citizens need to make the calls this week to support their legislators in their courage to stand up to the NRA.

The bills

Bills ready for a full Senate vote:

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

Bills ready for a full Assembly vote:

  • SB 914 closes several loopholes in the license restrictions of minors. 👍 Like
  • SB 1175 prohibits the possession of certain African species of wildlife.  The intent is to discourage the hunting of endangered species.👍 Like

Gun Violence Prevention Action

This is the best time to call your legislators, when bills are coming up for a vote. Please call or email your California State Senator. Ask his/her office person to urge the Senator to vote yes on AB 2362 and AB 2847. Please do the same with your State Assembly Members and ask for a yes vote on SB 914 and SB 1175. This will offset calls from fanatical NRA members.

  • 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.

 


August 8, 2020

California: More committee hearings scheduled this week

The California legislature, one of the few states legislatures that is still actively working, continues to schedule gun bills for committee meetings this week.

The bills

Before the Assembly Appropriations Committee: 1:00 pm Aug 11:

  • SB 914 closes several loopholes in the license restrictions of minors. 👍 Like
  • SB 1175 prohibits the possession of certain African species of wildlife.  The intent is to discourage the hunting of endangered species.👍 Like

Before the Senate Natural Resources Committee 9:00 am Aug 12:

  • AB 3030 seeks to preserve 30% of California’s land areas, waters within the state and oceans off the coast by 2030.👍 Like

Before the Senate Appropriations Committee, time to be determined:

  • AB 2847 requires the microstamping of its serial number in one place, on the interior of the handgun. 👍 Like

  • 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.

 


August 4, 2020

California: Legislative activity scheduled this week

Gun violence prevention advocates know that several gun related bills are scheduled for hearing this week.

The NRA’s strategy to fight gun safety measures

The NRA is following these bills closely. Notifications to members were sent out to contact committee members to oppose these bills. Many will make the calls. Gun safety supports need to make the calls as well.

The bills

Before the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee 10:00 am Aug 4:

  • SB 1175 prohibits the possession of certain African species of wildlife.  The intent is to discourage the hunting of endangered species.👍 Like

Before the Senate Natural Resources Committee 9:00 am Aug 5:

  • AB 3030 seeks to preserve 30% of California’s land areas, waters within the state and oceans off the coast by 2030.👍 Like

Assembly Public Safety Committee 2:00 pm Aug 5:

  • SB 914 closes several loopholes in the license restrictions of minors. 👍 Like

Senate Public Safety Committee 9:00 am Aug 7

  • AB 2362 allows the Department of Justice to fine licensed firearms dealers up to $1000 for violations of regulations. 👍 Like

Before the Senate Appropriations Committee

  • AB 2847 requires the microstamping of its serial number in one place, on the interior of the handgun. 👍 Like

Gun Violence Prevention Action

Rather than call each committee, please call your Assembly Member and ask for support of AB 3030, AB 2362 and AB 2847. Ask you State Senator to support  SB 1175 and SB 914. This will offset calls from fanatical NRA members.

  • 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.

July 27, 2020

California: Legislature convenes to potentially fight gun violence

The California Assembly is expected to vote this week on AB 88. This bill would simply improve language to make sure all assault weapons are restricted.  Also, The Assembly Public Safety Committee will take up AB 2847. This bill will make sure microstamping of handguns is always in the same interior location.

NRA strategy to fight gun violence prevention

Of course, the NRA is fighting these two bills and asking their members to contact their legislators. Apparently they like loopholes in the assault weapons ban and they like serial numbers on handguns being all over the place.

The bills

  • AB 88/SB 118 refines the language describing banned assault weapons to include dangerous weapons that were outside of the original law.  👍 Like
  • AB 2847 requires the microstamping of its serial number in one place, on the interior of the handgun. 👍 Like

Gun Violence Prevention Action

To offset NRA member’s advocacy to prevent gun restrictions, please call you State Assembly members. Ask them to support HB 88 and AB 2847

  • 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.

June 29, 2020

California: Action taken last Friday on gun control bills

This past Friday, the California Assembly failed to pass the budget before starting their summer recess. Instead, they sent the budget back to the Senate. The budget included language to further restrict assault weapons.

Also, the Senate passed two gun safety bills that now move to the Assembly.

The NRA’s strategy to fight gun safety measures

The NRA alerted their members to contact their California State Assembly Members urging them to oppose these bills.  Most will make the call. Gun safety supporters need to fight NRA power and contact their State Assembly Person in support of SB 914 and SB 1175.

The bills

  • HB 88 refines the language describing banned assault weapons to include dangerous weapons that were outside of the original law.  👍 Like
  • SB 914 closes several loopholes in the license restrictions of minors. 👍 Like
  • SB 1175 bans live animal markets. These markets in China likely started the Corona virus. The bill also bans the importation of trophies from “Iconic African Species” such as African elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos.👍 Like

Gun violence prevention action

Please call or email the office of your California State Assembly Member. Urge he/she to support HB 914 and SB 1175 to make California a safer place.

  • 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.

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June 26, 2020

California: Assault weapons ban is flying through to the legislature

The NRA’s strategy to fight gun safety measures

The NRA alerted their members to contact their California State Assembly Member urging them to oppose this bill.  Most will make the call. Gun safety supporters need to fight NRA power and contact their legislators in support of this bill.

The bill

  • HB 88 refines the language describing banned assault weapons to include dangerous weapons that were outside of the original law.  👍 Like

Gun violence prevention action

Please call or email the office of your California State Assembly Member. Urge he/she to support HB 88 to make California a safer place by restricting assault weapons.

  • 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.

 


June 22, 2020

California: Two gun safety bills in front of full State Senate

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved two gun safety bills making them eligible of for a full Senate vote at any time.

The bills

  • SB 914 closes several loopholes in the license restrictions of minors. 👍 Like
  • SB 1175 bans live animal markets. These markets in China likely started the Corona virus. The bill also bans the importation of trophies from “Iconic African Species” such as African elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos.

Gun violence prevention action

If you haven’t done so, please call or email the office of your California State Senator. Ask for their support of SB 914 and SB 1175.  These bills will save lives.

  • 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.


June 13, 2020

California: Four gun safety bills make progress

While other legislatures stopped their sessions, California resumed limited processing of bills recently. Four gun sense bills made their way through the Assembly and are now being readied for a vote by the Senate. This is the time to call your State Senator on these gun violence prevention bills because this is the time they are considering how to vote.

The NRA’s strategy to fight gun safety measures

The NRA contacted their members to oppose these bills. Those interested in promoting gun safety in California are urged to fight the power of the NRA through their members and make a quick call to your State Senator asking for support of these bills.

The bills

Bills that passed the Assembly and now move to the Senate for consideration:

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

Bills before the Senate Appropriations Committee:

  • SB 914 closes several loopholes in the license restrictions of minors. 👍 Like
  • SB 1175 bans live animal markets. These markets in China likely started the Corona virus. The bill also bans the importation of trophies from “Iconic African Species” such as African elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos.

Gun violence prevention action

Please call or email the office of your California State Senator. Ask for their support of AB 2362, AB 2847, SB 914 and SB 1175. Each of the four bills seem minor, but they all will save lives.

  • 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.

 


May 19, 2020

California: Three minor gun safety bills in committees this week

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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