Doin Good Ain’t Got No End – New Gun Laws for California
by Joseph T Drammissi
In the words of Captain “Red Legs” Terrill “doin good ain’t got no end”. Be that as it may, the California State Legislature completed it’s 2019 Session on Friday, September 13th. That means that lovable group of guys and gals will do no further harm to innocent Californians until they reconvene in 2020.
Rational adults understand that the gun control laws passed in Sacramento have no impact on criminals and do little to increase public safety. In fact, the laws mostly make the public less safe. Of course, the intent isn’t to reduce crime or to increase public safety but to discourage law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment rights. This makes us all less safe.
To show their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the citizens of California for repeatedly electing them to office, the Legislature has given you the following:
- AB 879 Firearms Precursor Parts – Will require precursor parts to be sold through a “licensed firearms precursor parts vendor”. AB 879 defines “precursor parts” as a component of a firearm that is necessary to build or assemble a firearm and which is included in certain categories – including, but not limited to: a) an unfinished receiver, including both a single part receiver and a multiple part receiver; b) a finished upper receiver for a multiple part receiver system; and c) an unfinished handgun frame. AB 879 is awaiting the Governor’s signature. Details of the bill can be found here and here.
- AB 893 Firearms/Ammunition Sales: Del Mar Fairgrounds– This gem comes from San Diego’s own Todd Gloria (D/78 – San Diego) and would prohibit the sales of guns and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This petty, mean spirited bill has but one purpose; to end gun shows at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. AB 893 is awaiting the Governor’s signature. Details of the bill can be found here and here.
- AB 1297 Firearms: Concealed Carry Licenses – Under current law jurisdictions are prohibited from charging more than $100 for processing licenses. AB 1297 removes the $100 limit in effect allowing jurisdictions to price some citizens out of the ability to obtain a concealed carry license. AB 1297 is awaiting the Governor’s signature. Details of the bill can be found here and here.
- SB 61 Firearms Transfers – Current law limits handgun purchases to one per 30 day period. Existing law also prohibits firearm sales to those under 21 years of age but exempts the sale of semiautomatic centerfire rifles to those 18 or older holding a valid hunting license. SB 61 would extend the 30 day limit to semiautomatic center fire rifles and eliminate the hunting license exemption. SB 61 is awaiting the Governor’s signature. Details of the bill can be found here and here.
- SB 172 Firearms – Under existing law, the crime of criminal storage is committed if a loaded firearm is left where a child is likely to gain access to it. SB 172 would extend the law to unloaded firearms and prohibit anyone convicted of the crime from owning a firearm for 10 years. SB 172 is awaiting the Governor’s signature. Details of the bill can be found here and here.
- SB 376 Firearms Transfers – Existing law requires sales, leases, and transfers of firearms to be done by a licensed firearms dealer and requires those receiving the firearms to posses a firearms safety certificate. These requirements may be exempt for “infrequent” sales, leases, and purchases. Infrequent is defined as less than six handguns per calendar year with no limit on long gun transfers that are “occasional and without regularity”. Existing law also exempts firearms transactions as part of charitable auctions from the 10 day waiting period. SB 376 redefines infrequent to mean less than six firearms per year. It also removes the exemption for charitable auctions. SB 376 is awaiting the Governor’s signature. Details of the bill can be found here and here.
These are but a few of the gifts from Sacramento, there are many more. California is one of the most beautiful places in the entire country in which to live. California is also being ruined by the politicians that we continue to elect to office. Something to think about.
The right to self-defense is a basic human right. Gun ownership is an integral part of that right. If you want to keep your rights defend them by joining Orange County Gun Owners (OCGO), the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), Gun Owners of California (GOC), and Gun Owners of America (GOA). Join the fight and help us restore and preserve our second amendment rights. Together we will win.
By Joseph T Drammissi