The Outdoor Sportsmen's
Coalition of California

Action Alert



Ok, here it is. This bill will unwind SB1221. AB2205 can restore bear hunting with hounds.

It won’t be easy. It will be an uphill battle all the way. It isn’t one of those things that you can say “I hope this gets Passed”

You have to roll up your sleeves and work. Help with fundraising, call your legislators and be involved. AB1230 went nowhere last year, maybe AB2205 will get it done.

    

                       

                 Dedicated to Preserving Your Rights

         To Hunt and Fish In the State of California




 

 











                                                LAST CHANCE !!!
                    CONTACT THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE AND ASK HIM TO VETO THESE
                                                         ANTI-GUN AND ANTI-HUNTING BILLS!



  This is the time everyone needs to act. You need to call Governor Brown.
                     Be respectful and request he veto all these bills.
                   HE NEEDS TO VETO BEFORE SUNDAY THE 13TH

 

AB 711 (Rendon) Hunting: non-lead ammunition passed narrowly on the Senate Floor yesterday evening, went to the Assembly Floor for concurrence where it passed.

  If passed, AB 711 could actually result in the STOPPAGE OF ALL HUNTING WITH RIFLES AND HANDGUNS IN CALIFORNIA! This is because the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has made a determination that nonlead ammunition for these firearms meets the tests for prohibited armor piercing ammunition because of its chemical composition and the fact that various makes and models of handguns exist that, collectively, can shoot virtually all of it. It is illegal under both state and federal laws to use or possess such armor piercing ammunition! To date, ATF has not granted any waivers for sporting ammuni­tion, and ammunition manufacturers are uncertain if they should continue to produce it!! 
  Scientific testing has shown that the current ban on lead ammunition has not resulted in significantly lowering the blood lead levels in condors. in fact, one major scientific study challenges the validity of prior research and whether hunters’ lead ammunition is really the problem!!!! 
 
 Anti-hunters have speculated without foundation that blood lead levels remain elevated because hunters are ignoring the ban and are illegally using lead ammunition!!!! However, according to the department of fish and wildlife, hunter compliance is around 99%!! 
  Supporters of the lead ban are completely ignoring the possibility of another source of lead, even though it was once found that the stillborn calves put out at condor feeding stations at the time were contaminated with lead and were, in fact, the real culprit!!! 

So now it’s off to Governor Brown, be polite and request a veto. Now or never!

Governor Jerry Brown: Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.
To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.

 

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AB 1213 (Bloom) Bobcats passed the Assembly today, concurring with Senate amendments, with 46 votes (41 are required to pass).  The bill will now go to the Governor's office for his action. 
This bill would prohibit the trapping of bobcats in and around Joshua Tree National Park and in a buffer zone around other specified publicly owned parks and properties. Adds other restrictions and requirements, and mandates that all costs associated with bobcat management be fully recovered by increases in trapping license fees.

 So now it’s off to Governor Brown, be polite and request a veto. Now or never!

 Governor Jerry Brown: Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.
To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.

 

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SB 299 (DeSaulnier) Firearms: lost or stolen: reports narrowly passed in the Senate today on concurrence with Assembly amendments.  The vote was 22-14 (21 is required for a vote to pass). 
This bill would require a person to report the theft or loss of a firearm he or she owns or possesses to a local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which the theft or loss occurred within 48 hours of the time he or she knew or reasonably should have known that the firearm had been stolen or lost

The bill will now go to the Governor for his action.

Governor Jerry Brown: Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.
To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php

 

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 AB231 (Ting)  Firearms: criminal storage: Mandatory reporting of a firearm’s loss or theft in order to avoid strict liability is impractical for many sportsmen as they are often hunting or traveling in remote locations where it is difficult, if not impossible, to be in contact with law enforcement and where there is no cell phone service.   Most people who suffer the theft or loss of a firearm are themselves the innocent victim of a crime. Yet AB 231 would treat these victims as if they were the criminals. 
The application of strict liability for the firearms owner himself or herself is also inappropriate in the case of an accident or other unavoidable event. 

  
The penalty of strict liability proposed by the bill is considered extremely excessive. 

The bill passed 44-28.

So now it’s off to Governor Brown, be polite and request a veto. Now or never!

Governor Jerry Brown: Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.
To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.
 

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AB 169 (Dickinson) Unsafe Handguns passed the Legislature and will go to the Governor for his action.

Existing law requires private party sales or transfers of firearms to be completed through a licensed firearms dealer. This bill would repeal this authority as it applies to used handguns produced from 1899 through 2001, based on a flawed contention that they are unsafe. The result would be that it would be illegal for anyone to sell, lend, or give away any handgun, except single action revolvers and single shot pistols, produced over this 100+ year period

So now it’s off to Governor Brown, be polite and request a veto. Now or never!

Governor Jerry Brown: Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.
To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.
 

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 SB 567 (Jackson) Firearms: shotguns   Narrowly passed today in the Assembly (41-34).  It will go back to the Senate for concurrence with Assembly amendments.

Would change the definition of shotgun in a manner that could include handguns because of the fact that mini-shotshells (birdshot, snakeshot etc.) are made for them. Because handguns have short barrels, they could become short barreled shotguns, thus making them a felony to possess.

http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/

 

 

AB 48 (Skinner) Firearms: large-capacity magazines passed in the Assembly today on concurrence with Senate amendments.  This bill, together with SB 53, would require that all ammunition sales be recorded. Persons other than dealers and law enforcement buying more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition in a five day period would be reported to the Department of Justice which, in turn, would notify local law enforcement agencies. The bill would also revise the definition of a large-capacity ammunition magazine to mean any ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, including a readily restorable, disassembled large-capacity magazine, and an oversize magazine body that appears to hold in excess of 10 rounds. It would repeal existing law that allows a large capacity magazine to be converted to 10 rounds maximum

So now it’s off to Governor Brown, be polite and request a veto. Now or never!

Governor Jerry Brown: Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.
To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.




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Today was not a good day for sportsmen. After all the amendments are analyzed for the effects we will post updates. Supermajority was the name of the game today. The following bills on the Suspense Calendar were heard today in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  Bills passed out of committee will go to the Assembly Floor.

SB 47 (Yee) Firearms: assault weapons – Would make assault weapon style rifles with “bullet button” or similar magazine releases actual assault weapons, require their registration, and prohibit their future sale. - Held

SB 53 (de Leon) Ammunition: purchase permits –  This bill would require that anyone who purchases ammunition, with some exceptions, first obtain an ammunition purchaser authorization from the State Department of Justice. A fee would be charged for the authorization and the authorized persons name would be placed on a Department list of those authorized to buy ammunition. Ammunition vendors would have to check the Department’s list to verify that a person is authorized before selling him or her any ammunition. - Passed with amendments

SB 293 (DeSaulnier) Firearms: owner-authorized handguns This bill would provide that once owner authorized handgun technology is available in at least two models of handguns for retail sale, after two years from such date a new model of handgun would be legally “unsafe” if it was not owner-authorized.  – Held

SB 299 (DeSaulnier) Firearms: lost or stolen: reports This bill would require a person to report the theft or loss of a firearm he or she owns or possesses to a local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which the theft or loss occurred within 48 hours of the time he or she knew or reasonably should have known that the firearm had been stolen or lost -Passed with amendments

SB 374 (Steinberg) Firearms: assault weapons  This bill would classify any semiautomatic rimfire or centerfire rifle that does not have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept 10 rounds of ammunition or less as an assault weapon (i.e. - any semiautomatic rifle with a detachable magazine; or any semiautomatic rifle with a tubular or box magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds). – Passed

SB 396 (Hancock) Firearms: magazine capacity This bill would revise the definition of "capacity to accept more than 10 rounds” to mean capable of holding more than 10 rounds, but not applying to a feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot hold more than 10 rounds. Would also make it illegal to possess a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds no matter when it was purchased or originally possessed. Such magazines currently possessed would have to be disposed of as prescribed by the bill (This would include large after market magazines sold for such commonly possessed rifles such as the Ruger 10/22). Tubular magazines permanently attached to .22 and lever action rifles would be exempt. Passed with amendments

SB 567 (Jackson) Firearms: shotguns  Would change the definition of shotgun in a manner that could include handguns because of the fact that mini-shotshells (birdshot, etc.) are made for them. Because handguns have short barrels, they could become short barreled shotguns, thus making them a felony to possess. – Passed

SB 755 (Wolk) Firearms: prohibited persons  – The existing provision of state law that mandates a ten year prohibition on the possession of firearms for committing various misdemeanors (29085 pc) has thus far been limited to misdemeanors that are of a violent nature against another person. SB 755 would also abandon this principle by including a number of misdemeanors that do not themselves constitute violence against others, but which hunters can inadvertently violate.
Passed with amendments

The following bills on the Suspense Calendar were heard today in the Senate Appropriations Committee.   Bills passed out of committee will go to the Senate Floor.

 AB 48 (Skinner) Firearms: ammunition: sales  This bill, together with SB 53, would require that all ammunition sales be recorded. Persons other than dealers and law enforcement buying more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition in a five day period would be reported to the Department of Justice which, in turn, would notify local law enforcement agencies.The bill would also revise the definition of a large-capacity ammunition magazine to mean any ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, including a readily restorable, disassembled large-capacity magazine, and an oversize magazine body that appears to hold in excess of 10 rounds. It would repeal existing law that allows a large capacity magazine to be converted to 10 rounds maximum.– Passed

AB 169 (Dickinson) Unsafe Handguns Existing law requires private party sales or transfers of firearms to be completed through a licensed firearms dealer. This bill would repeal this authority as it applies to used handguns produced from 1899 through 2001, based on a flawed contention that they are unsafe. The result would be that it would be illegal for anyone to sell, lend, or give away any handgun, except single action revolvers and single shot pistols, produced over this 100+ year period.   – Passed with amendments

AB 711 (Rendon) Hunting: nonlead ammunition   This bill would revise and recast provisions to require the use of nonlead ammunition for the taking of all wildlife, including game mammals, game birds, nongame birds, and nongame mammals, with any firearm. The bill would require the Fish and Game Commission, by July 1, 2014, to certify, by regulation, nonlead ammunition for these purposes. The bill would provide that these provisions do not apply to government officials or their agents when carrying out a mandatory statutory duty required by law Passed with amendments

AB 1213 (Bloom) Bobcat Protection Act of 2013  This bill would prohibit the trapping of bobcats in and around Joshua Tree National Park and in a buffer zone around other specified publicly owned parks and properties. Adds other restrictions and requirements, and mandates that all costs associated with bobcat management be fully recovered by increases in trapping license fees.  – Passed with amendments







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Kathryn A. Lynch

 

LEGISLATIVE ALERT

August 23, 2013

 NSSF190401CallSenatorSteinberg.mp3
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PROPOSED STATEWIDE BAN ON LEAD HUNTING AMMUNITION PENDING IN SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

ON SUSPENSE CALENDAR

 

!!!!IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO PREVENT IT FROM MOVING FORWARD!!!!

 

AB 711 (Rendon) Hunting: nonlead ammunition

Anti-hunters are accelerating their campaign to expand the current ban on lead ammunition for hunting in the range of the California Condor to PREVENT THE USE OF ALL  LEAD AMMUNITION FOR ANY HUNTING THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE STATE! 

THANKS LARGELY TO STRONG OPPOSITION FROM HUNTERS, THE BILL HAS STALLED IN THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WHERE IT IS CURENTLY IN THE COMMITTEE’S “SUSPENSE” FILE, BUT IT WILL BE RECONSIDERED FOR PASSAGE AGAIN AT THE ON AUGUST 30th!

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ALL HUNTERS MMMEDIATELY CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE SENATE APPROPRIA­TIONS COMMITTEE AND THEIR OWN DISTRICT LEGISLATORS TO REQUEST THAT AB 711 BE KEPT ON THE SUSPENSE FILE PERMANENTLY!!

If passed, AB 711 could actually result in the STOPPAGE OF ALL HUNTING WITH RIFLES AND HANDGUNS IN CALIFORNIA! This is because the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has made a determination that nonlead ammunition for these firearms meets the tests for prohibited armor piercing ammunition because of its chemical composition and the fact that various makes and models of handguns exist that, collectively, can shoot virtually all of it. It is illegal under both state and federal laws to use or possess such armor piercing ammunition! To date, ATF has not granted any waivers for sporting ammuni­tion, and ammunition manufacturers are uncertain if they should continue to produce it!!!!

THUS, IF AB 711 PASSES, HUNTERS MAY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE POSITION OF NOT BEING ABLE TO HUNT SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE IS NO RIFLE OR PISTOL AMMUNITION AVAILABLE THAT IS LEGAL TO USE FOR HUNTING IN CALIFORNIA!!!!

SCIENTIFIC TESTING HAS SHOWN THAT THE CURRENT BAN ON LEAD AMMUNITION HAS NOT RESULTED IN SIGNIFICANTLY LOWERING THE BLOOD LEAD LEVELS IN CONDORS. IN FACT, ONE MAJOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY CHALLENGES THE VALIDITY OF PRIOR RESEARCH AND WHETHER HUNTERS’ LEAD AMMUNITION IS REALLY THE PROBLEM!!!!

ANTI-HUNTERS HAVE SPECULATED WITHOUT FOUNDATION THAT BLOOD LEAD LEVELS REMAIN ELEVATED BECAUSE HUNTERS ARE IGNORING THE BAN AND ARE ILLEGALLY USING LEAD AMMUNITION!!!! HOWEVER, ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE, HUNTER COMPLIANCE IS AROUND 99%!!

SUPPORTERS OF THE LEAD BAN ARE COMPLETELY IGNORING THE POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER SOURCE OF LEAD, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ONCE FOUND THAT THE STILLBORN CALVES PUT OUT AT CONDOR FEEDING STATIONS AT THE TIME WERE CONTAMINATED WITH LEAD AND WERE, IN FACT, THE REAL CULPRIT!!!

AB 711 IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. IF IT PASSES AND CONDOR BLOOD LEAD LEVELS DON’T DROP, THERE WILL BE LOUDAND WIDESPREAD DEMANDS BY ANTI-HUNTERS TO STOP ALL HUNTING STATEWIDE!!! THEY WILL NOT BE CALLING TO LOOK FOR OTHER SOURCES OF LEAD POISONING BECAUSE IT WOULD BE CONTRARY TO THEIR ANTI-HUNTING AGENDA!!!

 

AB 711 IS ONE OF SEVERAL BILLS SPONSORED BY THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE VIEW THE YOU TUBE VIDEO OF LOIS LERNER, IRS OFFICIAL EMBROILED IN THE CURRENT IRS SCANDAL, AND HER TIES TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-n9BNmGtmv0

AB 711 IS NOW IN THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS WHERE IT IS SET FOR A SUSPENSE FILE HEARING ON AUGUST 30th!  PLEASE ACT NOW!

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE (IF YOUR SENATOR IS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE), YOUR OWN SENATOR, AND THE GOVERNOR IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO AB 711! 

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUIRED!!

 

 

PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING TO OPPOSE AB 711:

 

1. The Senate Appropriations Committee (Contact one of these senators if he/she is your elected Senator): 

 

SENATE   APPROPRIATIONS

Member

District

Party

Phone

Fax

de León, Kevin (Chair)

22 

916 651 4022 

916 651 4922 

Walters, Mimi (Vice-Chair)

37 

916 651 4037 

916 651 4937 

Gaines, Ted

916 651 4001 

916 651 4901 

Hill, Jerry

13 

916 651 4013 

916 651 4913 

Lara, Ricardo

33 

916 651 4033 

916 651 4933 

Padilla, Alex

20 

916 651 4020 

916 651 4920 

Steinberg, Darrell

916 651 4006 

916 651 4906 

2. Your Senator (if he/she is not a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee):  http://senate.ca.gov/senators

TO LOCATE YOUR SENATOR BY YOUR ZIPCODE:

Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ .  Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”.  Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.

 

3. Governor Jerry Brown:  Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.  To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.

4. California Department of Fish and Wildlife:  Chuck Bonham, Director – Phone: 916-653-7667; FAX: 916-653-7387.

5. California Fish and Game Commission:  Phone:  916-653-4899; FAX 916-653-5040.







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LEGISLATIVE ALERT!!!

August 23, 2013

 

SENATE ANTI-GUN, BILLS REACH STATE ASSEMBLY!

 

!!!IMMEDIATE ACTION IS CRITICAL:  PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO HUNTERS AND OTHER LAWFUL FIREARMS OWNERS, AND TO THE RIGHT TO LAWFULLY POSSESS FIREARMS!!!

Recent tragic and highly publicized incidents involving the illegal use of firearms and ammunition have given political momentum to those who wish to severely restrict the ownership and possession of firearms and ammunition commonly used for hunting and other lawful purposes.

The success of anti-hunting groups in passing legislation last year which bans the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats has further encouraged them to pursue additional restrictions on hunting and hunting related activities in California again this year!

Those who support extreme controls over firearms ownership and hunting are emboldened to attempt to pass almost everything they have had on their agendas in the past but could not get through the state legislature. They are encouraged by the Governor’s approval of recent bills in these areas and think he will sign almost any bill they send to his desk!   

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES IS SPONSORING SEVERAL BILLS IN THE LEGISLATURE THIS SESSION.  PLEASE VIEW THE YOUTUBE VIDEO OF LOIS LERNER, IRS OFFICIAL WHO IS EMBROILED IN THE CURRENT IRS SCANDAL, WHICH REVEALS HER TIES TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-n9BNmGtmv0

IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT ALL HUNTERS AND OTHER LAWFUL OWNERS OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION IMMEDIATELY CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE, ESPECIALLY LEGISLATORS REPRESENTING THE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS IN WHICH THEY LIVE, TO URGE THEM NOT TO PASS MORE ANTI-HUNTING AND ANTI-FIREARMS LEGISLATION!

THE FOLLOWING SENATE BILLS ARE NOW IN THE ASSEMBLY.  THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO CONTACT LEGISLATORS.  ALL OF THESE BILLS WILL HAVE ACTION BEFORE ADJOURNMENT OF SESSION ON SEPTEMBER 13TH.  BILLS ON THE ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATIONS SUSPENSE CALENDAR WILL BE HEARD ON AUGUST 30TH.

SB 47 (Yee) Firearms: assault weapons – Would make assault weapon style rifles and pistols with “bullet button” or similar magazine releases actual assault weapons, require their registration, and prohibit their future sale.  It would do so by revising the current definition of a non-detachable magazine to mean that the magazine cannot be removed from the firearm without disassembling the firearm’s action.  Position: Opposed; Location: Assembly Appropriations Committee Suspense File.

 

SB 53 (de Leon) Ammunition: purchase permits – This bill would require that anyone who purchases ammunition, with some exceptions, first be authorized by the State Department of Justice to do so. A fee would be charged for the authorization which requires passage of a criminal and mental history background check. Authorization would be valid for one year after which it would have to be renewed. 

It would apply to all ammunition thus reinstating the following provisions that were previously enacted but did not take effect because of a court ruling that the definition of handgun ammunition used was unconstitutionally vague: Ammunition sales could only be made in a “face to face” transaction, thus making internet and mail order ammunition sales illegal. The vendor would have to record personal information about the purchaser, including obtaining a signature and thumbprint, and list the brand, type, and amount of ammunition purchased for each transaction. The purchaser would then be checked by the Department of Justice to determine if he or she is prohibited from owning firearms and ammunition.

The bill would apply to all ammunition (rifle, shotgun, and handgun), including hunting ammunition. Ammunition offered for sale could not be on display in a location that is accessible to customers without the assistance of the vendor or a vendor employee.

Ammunition vendors would have to obtain an ammunition vendor license from the Department of Justice. Position: Opposed; Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee Suspense File.

 

SB 293 (DeSaulnier) Firearms: owner authorized handguns – This bill would provide that commencing 18 months following the Attorney General's reporting that owner-authorized handguns (smart guns) are available for retail sale, a handgun would be legally “unsafe” if it was not owner-authorized. The bill would provide an exception to these provisions for the sale, loan or transfer of handguns manufactured in or imported into this state prior to that date. Position: Opposed; Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee Suspense File.

SB 299 (DeSaulnier) Firearms: lost or stolen: reports – This bill would require every person to report the theft or loss of a firearm he or she owns or possesses to a local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which the theft or loss occurred within 7 days of the time he or she knew or reasonably should have known that the firearm had been stolen or lost, and requires every person who has reported a firearm lost or stolen to notify the local law enforcement agency within 48 hours if the firearm is subsequently recovered. The bill would make a violation of these provisions an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed $100 for a first offense.  Position: Opposed; Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee Suspense File.

SB 374 (Steinberg) Firearms: assault weapons – This bill would classify any semiautomatic centerfire rifle that does not have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept 10 rounds of ammunition or less as an assault weapon (i.e. - any semiautomatic centerfire rifle with a detachable magazine; or any semiautomatic centerfire rifle with a tubular or fixed box magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds).

The bill would require a person who, between January 1, 2001, and prior to January 1, 2014, lawfully possessed an assault weapon that does not have a fixed magazine, including those weapons with an ammunition feeding device that can be removed readily from the firearm with the use of a tool (“bullet buttons”, etc.) to register the firearm by July 1, 2015. Position: Opposed; Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee Suspense File.

SB 396 (Hancock) Firearms: magazine capacity – This bill would revise the definition of "capacity to accept more than 10 rounds” to mean capable of holding more than 10 rounds, but not applying to a feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot hold more than 10 rounds.

However, it would also make it illegal to possess a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds no matter when it was purchased or originally possessed. Such magazines currently possessed would have to be disposed of as prescribed by the bill (This would include large after market magazines sold for such commonly possessed rifles such as the Ruger 10/22). Tubular magazines permanently attached to .22 and lever action rifles would be exempt. Position: Opposed; Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee Suspense File.

SB 475 (Leno) Agricultural District 1-A: firearms sales at the Cow Palace – This bill would require the prior approval of the Board of Supervisors of both the County of San Mateo and the City and County of San Francisco before an officer, employee, operator, or lessee of Agricultural District 1-A could contract for, authorize, or allow an event at which a firearm or ammunition is sold at the Cow Palace. Position: Opposed; Status: Assembly Floor.

SB 567 (Jackson) Firearms: shotguns – This bill would change the definition of a shotgun to delete the requirement that it be intended to be fired from the shoulder, and would clarify that projectiles may be fired through either a rifled bore or a smooth bore. The bill would state that this definition does not include handguns, except as specified, and would also delete an erroneous cross-reference. Position: opposed; Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee Suspense File.

SB 755 (Wolk) Firearms: prohibited persons – The existing provision of state law that mandates a ten year prohibition on the possession of firearms for committing various misdemeanors (29085 pc) has thus far been limited to misdemeanors that are of a violent nature against another person.

SB 755 would abandon this principle by including a number of misdemeanors that do not themselves constitute violence against others, but which hunters can inadvertently violate.

Specifically, Penal Code Sections 26500 (a hunter making an extended loan of a hunting firearm to another hunter), 30300 (giving handgun hunting ammunition to a minor when not actually engaged in or traveling to or from hunting), and 30310 (dropping off a student on school grounds while on the way to a shooting range or hunting when in the possession of ammunition) could easily be unknowingly violated while preparing for future hunting and related activities. Each of these violations could result in the loss of the right to possess a firearm for ten years under the provisions of SB 755. Position: Opposed; Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee.

 

THE OPPOSED BILLS LISTED ABOVE WOULD DO NOTHING TO SOLVE PROBLEMS INVOLVING THE USE OF A FIREARM, BUT WOULD GREATLY INTEREFERE WITH THE USE OF FIREARMS BY LAWFUL INDIVIDUALS FOR HUNTING AND OTHER LEGAL PURPOSES!!!

TO LOCATE YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER BY YOUR ZIPCODE:

Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ .  Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”.  Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.

 

TO CONTACT Governor Jerry Brown:  Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.  To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.



 
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Kathryn A. Lynch

LEGISLATIVE ALERT!!!

August 23, 2013

 

AB 1213 (Bloom) in Senate Appropriations Committee!!

Bill Would Ban Sport and Commercial trapping of Bobcats!

AB 1213 (Bloom), The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013, as amended June 20, 2013, would prohibit the trapping of bobcats in a large area adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park or the sale of furs from bobcats taken in that area. It would also prohibit any bobcat trapping adjacent to any publicly owned parks or other state or federal lands where the trapping of bobcats is presently prohibited.

Other than the specified area adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park, the Fish and Game Commission would be charged with defining what the term “adjacent to” means for purposes of AB 1213 and would be required to follow the example in the bill of describing the large area adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park. This would create huge areas surrounding many public parks and other public lands where bobcats could not be trapped!

IF THE ABOVE PROPOSED LAW IS PASSED, IT WILL ONLY BE A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE LEGISLATION IS INTRODUCED TO EXPAND THE BAN ON BOBCAT TRAPPING TO INCLUDE ALL HUNTING IN THE AFFECTED AREAS, NOT JUST FOR BOBCATS, BUT FOR ALL OTHER SPECIES AS WELL THAT ARE POPULAR WITH HUNTERS!!!!      

AB 1213 is another effort by anti-hunters to lay the foundation for an eventual ban on the taking of all wildlife by any means, including hunting!!

AB 1213 AB 1213 will be heard on the Suspense File in the Senate Appropriations Committee where it will have a hearing and vote on August 30thPlease take action NOW!!!

AB 1213 would require trappers to pay for the entire cost of bobcat management and department/commission administration through increased trapping license fees. Current estimates are that this would result in trapping license fees of several hundred dollars for each license.

CLEARLY, SUCH HIGH LICENSING COSTS WOULD RESULT IN VIRTUALLY NO TRAPPING LICENSES BEING SOLD. IT WOULD, IN EFFECT, BE THE SAME THING AS A BAN ON TRAPPING.

Please immediately contact Senate Members in strong opposition to AB 1213, as amended June 20th.

It is important to point out that trappers make substantial financial investments that benefit the state’s economy including motor vehicles, trailers, ATVs, trapping equipment, maintenance and repairs, travel, lodging, meals, and many other expenditures on items associated with trapping.

 

If AB 1213 is enacted, it will have a negative impact on those who trap fur bearing mammals for sport or commercial purposes, trapping supply businesses, the fur industry, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife which would suffer substantial losses in license revenues!!

This bill would also adversely affect the economy of local businesses in areas where trapping occurs.

Loss of employment and income is a major problem in California. This bill would make this problem even worse!

Please summarize your comments by pointing out that the bill is anti-business, that there is no indication the bobcat population in California is in trouble, and that the Department of Fish and Wildlife together with the Fish and Game Commission would take appropriate regulatory measures if needed.

AB 1213 is not needed and it would interfere with the ability of the Department and the Commission to do their jobs!

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR AND THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS AT ONCE!!!  (Contact a Senate Appropriations Committee Member ONLY if you are in his/her district.) ASK THEM TO VOTE “NO” ON AB 1213 WHEN THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TAKES UP THE BILL ON ITS SUSPENSE FILE ON AUGUST 30th!!

PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING TO OPPOSE AB 1213:

1. The Senate Appropriations Committee: 

 

SENATE   APPROPRIATIONS

Member

District

Party

Phone

Fax

de León, Kevin (Chair)

22 

916 651 4022 

916 651 4922 

Walters, Mimi (Vice-Chair)

37 

916 651 4037 

916 651 4937 

Gaines, Ted

916 651 4001 

916 651 4901 

Hill, Jerry

13 

916 651 4013 

916 651 4913 

Lara, Ricardo

33 

916 651 4033 

916 651 4933 

Padilla, Alex

20 

916 651 4020 

916 651 4920 

Steinberg, Darrell

916 651 4006 

916 651 4906 

2. Your Own Legislative District Senator: http://senate.ca.gov/senators

TO LOCATE YOUR SENATOR BY YOUR ZIPCODE:

Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ .  Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”.  Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.

 

3. Governor Jerry Brown:  Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.  To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.




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LEGISLATIVE ALERT!!!

July 11, 2013

 

SENATE ANTI-GUN, BILLS REACH STATE ASSEMBLY!

 

!!!IMMEDIATE ACTION IS CRITICAL:  PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO HUNTERS AND OTHER LAWFUL FIREARMS OWNERS, AND TO THE RIGHT TO LAWFULLY POSSESS FIREARMS!!!

Recent tragic and highly publicized incidents involving the illegal use of firearms and ammunition have given political momentum to those who wish to severely restrict the ownership and possession of firearms and ammunition commonly used for hunting and other lawful purposes.

The success of anti-hunting groups in passing legislation last year which bans the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats has further encouraged them to pursue additional restrictions on hunting and hunting related activities in California again this year!

Those who support extreme controls over firearms ownership and hunting are emboldened to attempt to pass almost everything they have had on their agendas in the past but could not get through the state legislature. They are encouraged by the Governor’s approval of recent bills in these areas and think he will sign almost any bill they send to his desk!   

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES IS SPONSORING SEVERAL BILLS IN THE LEGISLATURE THIS SESSION.  PLEASE VIEW THE YOUTUBE VIDEO OF LOIS LERNER, IRS OFFICIAL WHO IS EMBROILED IN THE CURRENT IRS SCANDAL, WHICH REVEALS HER TIES TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-n9BNmGtmv0

IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT ALL HUNTERS AND OTHER LAWFUL OWNERS OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION IMMEDIATELY CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE, ESPECIALLY LEGISLATORS REPRESENTING THE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS IN WHICH THEY LIVE, TO URGE THEM NOT TO PASS MORE ANTI-HUNTING AND ANTI-FIREARMS LEGISLATION!

THE FOLLOWING SENATE BILLS ARE NOW IN THE ASSEMBLY.  THE ASSEMBLY IS CURRENTLY ON A BRIEF SUMMER BREAK AND WILL RETURN TO SACRAMENTO ON AUGUST 5 – THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO CONTACT LEGISLATORS IN THEIR DISTRICT OFFICES AND ACTIVATE OUR NETWORKS.  ALL OF THESE BILLS WILL HAVE ACTION BEFORE ADJOURNMENT OF SESSION ON SEPTEMBER 13TH. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER AND THE GOVERNOR NOW AND LET THEM KNOW THAT YOU ARE OPPOSED TO THE FOLLOWING BILLS:

SB 47 (Yee) Firearms: assault weapons – Would make assault weapon style rifles with “bullet button” or similar magazine releases actual assault weapons, require their registration, and prohibit their future sale. Position: Opposed; Location: Assembly Public Safety Committee.

SB 53 (de Leon) Ammunition: purchase permits – This bill would require that anyone who purchases ammunition, with some exceptions, first be authorized by the State Department of Justice to do so. A fee would be charged for the authorization which requires passage of a criminal and mental history background check. Authorization would be valid for one year after which it would have to be renewed. 

It would apply to all ammunition thus reinstating the following provisions that were previously enacted but did not take effect because of a court ruling that the definition of handgun ammunition used was unconstitutionally vague: Ammunition sales could only be made in a “face to face” transaction, thus making internet and mail order ammunition sales illegal. The vendor would have to record personal information about the purchaser, including obtaining a signature and thumbprint, and list the brand, type, and amount of ammunition purchased for each transaction. The purchaser would then be checked by the Department of Justice to determine if he or she is prohibited from owning firearms and ammunition.

The bill would apply to all ammunition (rifle, shotgun, and handgun), including hunting ammunition. Ammunition offered for sale could not be on display in a location that is accessible to customers without the assistance of the vendor or a vendor employee.

Ammunition vendors would have to obtain an ammunition vendor license from the Department of Justice. Position: Opposed; Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee.

 

SB 108 (Yee) Firearms: lending and residential storage – This bill would provide that no person who is 18 years of age or older and who is the owner, lessee, renter, or other legal occupant of a residence, shall, while outside of that residence, keep in that residence a firearm that he or she owns or has lawful possession of unless the firearm is stored in one of certain specified ways, such as locked in a gun safe or by using a trigger lock that prevents the firearm from being discharged.  

Of particular interest to hunters is that the term “residence” for purposes of the bill also includes hotels, motels, and recreational vehicles such as motor homes and house trailers.

AB 108 also prohibits the loan of a handgun unless the handgun is registered to the person who is loaning it. Position: Opposed; Status: Failed to pass in the Assembly Public Safety Committee by the policy committee deadline and is not eligible for further hearings until January 2014.

 

SB 293 (DeSaulnier) Firearms: owner authorized handguns – This bill would provide that commencing 18 months following the Attorney General's reporting that owner-authorized handguns (smart guns) are available for retail sale, a handgun would be legally “unsafe” if it was not owner-authorized. The bill would provide an exception to these provisions for the sale, loan or transfer of handguns manufactured in or imported into this state prior to that date. Position: Opposed; Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee.

 

SB 299 (DeSaulnier) Firearms: lost or stolen: reports – This bill would require a person to report the theft or loss of a firearm he or she owns or possesses to a local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which the theft or loss occurred within seven days of the time he or she knew or reasonably should have known that the firearm had been stolen or lost, and requires every person who has reported a firearm lost or stolen to notify the local law enforcement agency within 48 hours if the firearm is subsequently recovered. The bill would make a violation of these provisions an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed $100 for a first offense, an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 for a 2nd offense, and a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding 6 months, or by a fine not to exceed $1,000, or both that fine and imprisonment, for a 3rd or subsequent offense. Position: Opposed; Status: Assembly Appropriations Committee.

SB 374 (Steinberg) Firearms: assault weapons – This bill would classify any semiautomatic rimfire or centerfire rifle that does not have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept 10 rounds of ammunition or less as an assault weapon (i.e. - any semiautomatic rifle with a detachable magazine; or any semiautomatic rifle with a tubular or box magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds).

The bill would require a person who, between January 1, 2001, and prior to January 1, 2014, lawfully possessed an assault weapon that does not have a fixed magazine, including those weapons with an ammunition feeding device that can be removed readily from the firearm with the use of a tool (“bullet buttons”, etc.) to register the firearm by July 1, 2014.

SB 374 would mandate the registration of any handgun possessed that has not previously been registered to its current owner, any rifle that does not have a detachable magazine, and any shotgun purchased prior to January 1, 2014. Registration fees would be imposed ($19.00 each firearm). In effect, this would require the registration of virtually all firearms. Position: Opposed; Status: Assembly Public Safety Committee.  

SB 396 (Hancock) Firearms: magazine capacity – This bill would revise the definition of "capacity to accept more than 10 rounds” to mean capable of holding more than 10 rounds, but not applying to a feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot hold more than 10 rounds.

Would also make it illegal to possess a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds no matter when it was purchased or originally possessed. Such magazines currently possessed would have to be disposed of as prescribed by the bill (This would include large after market magazines sold for such commonly possessed rifles such as the Ruger 10/22). Tubular magazines permanently attached to .22 and lever action rifles would be exempt. Position: Opposed; Status:  Assembly Public Safety Committee.

 

SB 475 (Leno) Agricultural District 1-A: firearms sales at the Cow Palace – This bill would require the prior approval of the Board of Supervisors of both the County of San Mateo and the City and County of San Francisco before an officer, employee, operator, or lessee of Agricultural District 1-A could contract for, authorize, or allow an event at which a firearm or ammunition is sold at the Cow Palace. Position: Opposed; Status: Assembly Floor.

SB 567 (Jackson) Firearms: shotguns – Would change the definition of shotgun in a manner that could include handguns because of the fact that mini-shotshells (birdshot, etc.) are made for them. Because handguns have short barrels, they could become short barreled shotguns, thus making them a felony to possess. Revolvers would be classified as “assault weapons” because they have revolving cylinders and can discharge mini-shotshells. They could be kept if registered with the Department of Justice as assault weapons, but their possession and use would be subject to the same restrictions as other assault weapons. Pistols (semiautomatic and single shot) would not be classified as assault weapons, but because they can discharge mini-shotshells, they would become illegal short barreled shotguns.  Position: opposed; Status: Assembly Public Safety Committee.

SB 755  (Wolk) Firearms: prohibited persons – The existing provision of state law that mandates a ten year prohibition on the possession of firearms for committing various misdemeanors (29085 pc) has thus far been limited to misdemeanors that are of a violent nature against another person.

SB 755 would abandon this principle by including a number of misdemeanors that do not themselves constitute violence against others, but which hunters can inadvertently violate.

Specifically, Penal Code Sections 26500 (a hunter making an extended loan of a hunting firearm to another hunter), 30300 (giving handgun hunting ammunition to a minor when not actually engaged in or traveling to or from hunting), and 30310 (dropping off a student on school grounds while on the way to a shooting range or hunting when in the possession of ammunition) could easily be unknowingly violated while preparing for future hunting and related activities. Each of these violations could result in the loss of the right to possess a firearm for ten years under the provisions of SB 755. Position: Opposed; Status: Failed passage in the Assembly Public Safety Committee; reconsideration granted.   

THE OPPOSED BILLS LISTED ABOVE WOULD DO NOTHING TO SOLVE PROBLEMS INVOLVING THE USE OF A FIREARM, BUT WOULD GREATLY INTEREFERE WITH THE USE OF FIREARMS BY LAWFUL INDIVIDUALS FOR HUNTING AND OTHER LEGAL PURPOSES!!!

TO  LOCATE YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER BY YOUR ZIPCODE:

Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ .  Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”.  Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.

 

TO  CONTACT Governor Jerry Brown:  Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.  To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.

 



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Kathryn A. Lynch

LEGISLATIVE ALERT!!!

July 11, 2013

 

AB 1213 (Bloom) Moves to Senate Appropriations Committee!!

Bill Would Ban Sport and Commercial trapping of Bobcats!

AB 1213 (Bloom), The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013, as amended June 20, 2013, would prohibit the trapping of bobcats in a large area adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park or the sale of furs from bobcats taken in that area. It would also prohibit any bobcat trapping adjacent to any publicly owned parks or other state or federal lands where the trapping of bobcats is presently prohibited.

Other than the specified area adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park, the Fish and Game Commission would be charged with defining what the term “adjacent to” means for purposes of AB 1213 and would be required to follow the example in the bill of describing the large area adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park. This would create huge areas surrounding many public parks and other public lands where bobcats could not be trapped!

IF THE ABOVE PROPOSED LAW IS PASSED, IT WILL ONLY BE A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE LEGISLATION IS INTRODUCED TO EXPAND THE BAN ON BOBCAT TRAPPING TO INCLUDE ALL HUNTING IN THE AFFECTED AREAS, NOT JUST FOR BOBCATS, BUT FOR ALL OTHER SPECIES AS WELL THAT ARE POPULAR WITH HUNTERS!!!!      

AB 1213 is another effort by anti-hunters to lay the foundation for an eventual ban on the taking of all wildlife by any means, including hunting!!

AB 1213 has been passed by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Water and has been sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee where it will have a hearing and vote on August 12, 2013.  Please take action NOW!!!

AB 1213 would require trappers to pay for the entire cost of bobcat management and department/commission administration through increased trapping license fees. Current estimates are that this would result in trapping license fees of several hundred dollars for each license.

CLEARLY, SUCH HIGH LICENSING COSTS WOULD RESULT IN VIRTUALLY NO TRAPPING LICENSES BEING SOLD. IT WOULD, IN EFFECT, BE THE SAME THING AS A BAN ON TRAPPING.

Please immediately contact Senate Members in strong opposition to AB 1213, as amended June 20th.

It is important to point out that trappers make substantial financial investments that benefit the state’s economy including motor vehicles, trailers, ATVs, trapping equipment, maintenance and repairs, travel, lodging, meals, and many other expenditures on items associated with trapping.

 

If AB 1213 is enacted, it will have a negative impact on those who trap fur bearing mammals for sport or commercial purposes, trapping supply businesses, the fur industry, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife which would suffer substantial losses in license revenues!!

This bill would also adversely affect the economy of local businesses in areas where trapping occurs.

Loss of employment and income is a major problem in California. This bill would make this problem even worse!

Please summarize your comments by pointing out that the bill is anti-business, that there is no indication the bobcat population in California is in trouble, and that the Department of Fish and Wildlife together with the Fish and Game Commission would take appropriate regulatory measures if needed.

AB 1213 is not needed and it would interfere with the ability of the Department and the Commission to do their jobs!

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR AND THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS AT ONCE!!!  (Contact a Senate Appropriations Committee Member ONLY if you are in his/her district.) ASK THEM TO PLACE AB 1213 IN THE SENATE APPROPRIA­TIONS COMMITTEE’S SUSPENSE FILE AND TO VOTE “NO” ON THIS BILL!!

PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING TO OPPOSE AB 1213:

1. The Senate Appropriations Committee: 

 

SENATE   APPROPRIATIONS

Member

District

Party

Phone

Fax

de León, Kevin (Chair)

22 

916 651 4022 

916 651 4922 

Walters, Mimi (Vice-Chair)

37 

916 651 4037 

916 651 4937 

Gaines, Ted

916 651 4001 

916 651 4901 

Hill, Jerry

13 

916 651 4013 

916 651 4913 

Lara, Ricardo

33 

916 651 4033 

916 651 4933 

Padilla, Alex

20 

916 651 4020 

916 651 4920 

Steinberg, Darrell

916 651 4006 

916 651 4906 

2. Your Own Legislative District Senator: http://senate.ca.gov/senators

TO LOCATE YOUR SENATOR BY YOUR ZIPCODE:

Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ .  Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”.  Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.

 

3. Governor Jerry Brown:  Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.  To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.





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Kathryn A. Lynch

 

LEGISLATIVE ALERT

PROPOSED STATEWIDE BAN ON LEAD HUNTING AMMUNITION PENDING IN SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

ON SUSPENSE CALENDAR

 

!!!!IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO PREVENT IT FROM MOVING FORWARD!!!!

 

AB 711 (Rendon) Hunting: nonlead ammunition

Anti-hunters are accelerating their campaign to expand the current ban on lead ammunition for hunting in the range of the California Condor to PREVENT THE USE OF ALL  LEAD AMMUNITION FOR ANY HUNTING THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE STATE! 

THANKS LARGELY TO STRONG OPPOSITION FROM HUNTERS, THE BILL HAS STALLED IN THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE WHERE IT IS CURENTLY IN THE COMMITTEE’S “SUSPENSE” FILE, BUT IT WILL BE RECONSIDERED FOR PASSAGE AGAIN AT THE END OF AUGUST!

IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ALL HUNTERS MMMEDIATELY CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE SENATE APPROPRIA­TIONS COMMITTEE AND THEIR OWN DISTRICT LEGISLATORS TO REQUEST THAT AB 711 BE KEPT ON THE SUSPENSE FILE PERMANENTLY!!

If passed, AB 711 could actually result in the STOPPAGE OF ALL HUNTING WITH RIFLES AND HANDGUNS IN CALIFORNIA! This is because the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has made a determination that nonlead ammunition for these firearms meets the tests for prohibited armor piercing ammunition because of its chemical composition and the fact that various makes and models of handguns exist that, collectively, can shoot virtually all of it. It is illegal under both state and federal laws to use or possess such armor piercing ammunition! To date, ATF has not granted any waivers for sporting ammuni­tion, and ammunition manufacturers are uncertain if they should continue to produce it!!!!

THUS, IF AB 711 PASSES, HUNTERS MAY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE POSITION OF NOT BEING ABLE TO HUNT SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE IS NO RIFLE OR PISTOL AMMUNITION AVAILABLE THAT IS LEGAL TO USE FOR HUNTING IN CALIFORNIA!!!!

SCIENTIFIC TESTING HAS SHOWN THAT THE CURRENT BAN ON LEAD AMMUNITION HAS NOT RESULTED IN SIGNIFICANTLY LOWERING THE BLOOD LEAD LEVELS IN CONDORS. IN FACT, ONE MAJOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY CHALLENGES THE VALIDITY OF PRIOR RESEARCH AND WHETHER HUNTERS’ LEAD AMMUNITION IS REALLY THE PROBLEM!!!!

ANTI-HUNTERS HAVE SPECULATED WITHOUT FOUNDATION THAT BLOOD LEAD LEVELS REMAIN ELEVATED BECAUSE HUNTERS ARE IGNORING THE BAN AND ARE ILLEGALLY USING LEAD AMMUNITION!!!! HOWEVER, ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE, HUNTER COMPLIANCE IS AROUND 99%!!

SUPPORTERS OF THE LEAD BAN ARE COMPLETELY IGNORING THE POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER SOURCE OF LEAD, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ONCE FOUND THAT THE STILLBORN CALVES PUT OUT AT CONDOR FEEDING STATIONS AT THE TIME WERE CONTAMINATED WITH LEAD AND WERE, IN FACT, THE REAL CULPRIT!!!

AB 711 IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. IF IT PASSES AND CONDOR BLOOD LEAD LEVELS DON’T DROP, THERE WILL BE LOUDAND WIDESPREAD DEMANDS BY ANTI-HUNTERS TO STOP ALL HUNTING STATEWIDE!!! THEY WILL NOT BE CALLING TO LOOK FOR OTHER SOURCES OF LEAD POISONING BECAUSE IT WOULD BE CONTRARY TO THEIR ANTI-HUNTING AGENDA!!!

 

AB 711 IS ONE OF SEVERAL BILLS SPONSORED BY THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE VIEW THE YOU TUBE VIDEO OF LOIS LERNER, IRS OFFICIAL EMBROILED IN THE CURRENT IRS SCANDAL, AND HER TIES TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-n9BNmGtmv0

AB 711 IS NOW IN THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS WHERE IT WILL BE SET FOR A SUSPENSE FILE HEARING AT THE END OF AUGUST!  PLEASE ACT NOW!

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE (IF YOUR SENATOR IS A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE), YOUR OWN SENATOR, AND THE GOVERNOR IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO AB 711! 

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUIRED!!

 

 

PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING TO OPPOSE AB 711:

 

1. The Senate Appropriations Committee (Contact one of these senators if he/she is your elected Senator): 

 

SENATE   APPROPRIATIONS

Member

District

Party

Phone

Fax

de León, Kevin (Chair)

22 

916 651 4022 

916 651 4922 

Walters, Mimi (Vice-Chair)

37 

916 651 4037 

916 651 4937 

Gaines, Ted

916 651 4001 

916 651 4901 

Hill, Jerry

13 

916 651 4013 

916 651 4913 

Lara, Ricardo

33 

916 651 4033 

916 651 4933 

Padilla, Alex

20 

916 651 4020 

916 651 4920 

Steinberg, Darrell

916 651 4006 

916 651 4906 

2. Your Senator (if he/she is not a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee):  http://senate.ca.gov/senators

TO LOCATE YOUR SENATOR BY YOUR ZIPCODE:

Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ .  Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”.  Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.

 

3. Governor Jerry Brown:  Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.  To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.

4. California Department of Fish and Wildlife:  Chuck Bonham, Director – Phone: 916-653-7667; FAX: 916-653-7387.

5. California Fish and Game Commission:  Phone:  916-653-4899; FAX 916-653-5040.

 





                                                                                                          June 18,2013 
                                                Legislative Alert




-- As you all know this is a very challenging year in the California Legislature with a multitude of firearms bills and anti-hunting effort by HSUS. We are fighting back against the HSUS , Please see the ad  below in the Capitol Basement( media outlet in legislative quarters) regarding AB 711. Please click on it to hear the radio ad running in the Sacramento media market.

  We want the Fish and Wildlife Agency, the governor, the legislature, public and stakeholders to hear our concerns. Please take time to do the following:

1) Click on the Capitolbasement Ad below, listen and take action.

2) Call the Governor

 
3) Call the director of Fish and Wildlife and tell them to stand up for sound science and hunters

 
4) Call your legislator-- the bill is in the senate so focus is on senators. The link is below if you don’t know your legislator

 
5) Get this out to everyone and your chapter members to take action

 THANK YOU!

 FYI:  Capitol Basement Ad re Human Society, AB 711

http://capitolbasement.com/

 The current CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle, is on record as telling his supporters:

 “We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States.  .  .  We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California.  Then we will take it state by state.”  -- Full Cry Magazine, October 1, 1990

To contact the Governor

Mailing address:

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160

 To E-mail comments:

 http://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

 

To contact the Department of Fish and Wildlife

 Mailing address:

Charlton Bonham
1416 9th Street, 12th Floor

 Sacramento, CA 95814

 Phone: (916) 653-7667

 Fax: (916) 653-7387

  E-mail:  director@wildlife.ca.gov

 To find your California Legislator

 Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ .  Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”.  Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.

 Link for AB 711:  http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0701-0750/ab_711_bill_20130612_amended_sen_v96.pdf

 

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                                                                                                         June 10,2013 
                                                Legislative Alert

                                                                                                                    AB 711

                  PROPOSED STATEWIDE BAN ON LEAD HUNTING AMMUNITION

                                     !!!! IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO OPPOSE !!!!

Come on people today is the best day you have to protect your right to hunt. Even if you don't live in California, this insanity spreads North and East !

Call for COMMON SENSE AND SCIENCE BASED WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT


AB 711 (Rendon) Hunting: nonlead ammunition
Anti-hunters are at it again! This time they want to expand the current ban on lead ammunition for hunting in the range of the California Condor to STOP THE USE OF ALL LEAD AMMUNITION FOR ALL HUNTING THROUGHOUT THE STATE!

If passed, AB 711 could actually result in the STOPPAGE OF ALL HUNTING WITH RIFLES AND HANDGUNS IN CALIFORNIA! This is because the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has made a determination that nonlead ammunition for these firearms meets the tests for armor piercing ammunition because of its chemical composition and the fact that various makes and models of handguns exist that can collectively shoot virtually all of it. It is illegal under both state and federal laws to use or possess such armor piercing ammunition! To date, ATF has not granted any waivers for sporting ammunition and ammunition manufacturers are uncertain if they should continue to produce it!!!!

THUS, IF AB 711 PASSES, HUNTERS MAY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE POSITION OF NOT BEING ABLE TO HUNT SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE IS NO RIFLE OR PISTOL AMMUNITION AVAILABLE THAT IS LEGAL TO USE FOR HUNTING IN CALIFORNIA!!!!

SCIENTIFIC TESTING HAS SHOWN THAT THE CURRENT BAN ON LEAD AMMUNITION HAS NOT RESULTED IN SIGNIFICANTLY LOWERING THE BLOOD LEAD LEVELS IN CONDORS. IN FACT, ONE MAJOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY CHALLENGES THE VALIDITY OF PRIOR RESEARCH AND WHETHER HUNTERS’ LEAD AMMUNITION IS REALLY THE PROBLEM!!!!

ANTI-HUNTERS HAVE SPECULATED THAT BLOOD LEAD LEVELS REMAIN ELEVATED BECAUSE HUNTERS ARE IGNORING THE BAN AND ARE ILLEGALLY USING LEAD AMMUNITION!!!!
THEY ARE COMPLETELY IGNORING THE POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER SOURCE OF LEAD, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ONCE FOUND THAT THE STILL BORN CALVES PUT OUT AT CONDOR FEEDING STATIONS AT THE TIME WERE CONTAMINATED WITH LEAD AND WERE, IN FACT, THE REAL CULPRIT!!!

AB 711 IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. IF IT PASSES AND CONDOR BLOOD LEAD LEVELS DON’T DROP, THERE WILL BE LOUD AND FRANTIC CALLS BY ANTI-HUNTERS TO STOP ALL HUNTING STATEWIDE!!! THEY WILL NOT BE CALLING TO LOOK FOR OTHER SOURCES OF LEAD POISONING BECAUSE IT WOULD BE CONTRARY TO THEIR ANTI-HUNTING AGENDA!!!

AB 711 IS ONE OF SEVERAL BILLS SPONSORED BY THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES DURING THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION. PLEASE VIEW THE YOUTUBE VIDEO OF LOIS LERNER, IRS OFFICIAL EMBROILED IN THE CURRENT IRS SCANDAL, AND HER TIES TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-n9BNmGtmv0

AB 711 IS NOW IN THE SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES & WATER COMMITTEE WHERE IT IS TENTATIVELY SET FOR A LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON TUESDAY, JUNE 11TH! PLEASE ACT NOW!

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT THE SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES & WATER COMMITTEE, YOUR OWN SENATOR AND THE GOVERNOR IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO AB 711!

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUIRED!!


PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING TO OPPOSE AB 711:

1. The Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee:

Member District Party Phone Fax
Pavley, Fran (Chair)
27 D 916 651 4027  Fax 916 324 4823
 
Cannella, Anthony (Vice-Chair) 12 R 916 651 4012 Fax  916 445 0773
 
Evans, Noreen
2 D 916 651 4002  Fax 916 323 6958

Fuller, Jean
18 R 916 651 4018  Fax 916 322 3304
 
Hueso, Ben
40 D 916 651 4040  Fax 916 327 3522
 
Jackson, Hannah–Beth
19 D 916 651 4019   Fax 916 324 7544
 
Lara, Ricardo
33 D 916 651 4033  Fax 916 327 9113
 
Monning, William
17 D 916 651 4017   Fax 916 445 8081

Wolk, Lois
3 D 916 651 4003  Fax 916 323 2304

2. Your Own Legislative District Senator: http://senate.ca.gov/senators

TO LOCATE YOUR SENATOR BY YOUR ZIPCODE:
Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ . Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”. Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.

3. Governor Jerry Brown: Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160. To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.

 

 
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                                                    May 31, 2013

LEGISLATIVE ALERT!!!

 

!!!IMMEDIATE ACTION IS CRITICAL: PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO HUNTERS AND THEIR OWNERSHIP OF FIREARMS!!!

Recent tragic and highly publicized incidents involving the illegal use of firearms and ammunition have given political momentum to those who wish to severely restrict the ownership and possession of firearms and ammunition commonly used for hunting and other lawful purposes.

The success of anti-hunting groups in passing legislation last year which bans the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats has further encouraged them to pursue additional restrictions on hunting and hunting related activities in California again this year!

Those who support extreme controls over firearms ownership and hunting are emboldened to attempt to pass almost everything they have had on their agendas in the past but could not get through the state legislature. They are encouraged by the Governor’s approval of recent bills in these areas and think he will sign almost any bill they send to his desk!   

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES IS SPONSORING SEVERAL BILLS IN THE LEGISLATURE THIS SESSION.  PLEASE VIEW THE YOUTUBE VIDEO OF LOIS LERNER, IRS OFFICIAL WHO IS EMBROILED IN THE CURRENT IRS SCANDAL, WHICH REVEALS HER TIES TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-n9BNmGtmv0

IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT ALL HUNTERS AND OTHER LAWFUL OWNERS OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION IMMEDIATELY CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE, ESPECIALLY LEGISLATORS REPRESENTING THE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS IN WHICH THEY LIVE, TO URGE THEM NOT TO PASS MORE ANTI-HUNTING AND ANTI-FIREARMS LEGISLATION!

 

THE FOLLOWING BILLS ARE NOW IN THE ASSEMBLY.  PLEASE CONTACT YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER AND THE GOVERNOR NOW AND LET HIM/HER KNOW THAT YOU ARE OPPOSED TO THE FOLLOWING BILLS:

SB 47 (Yee) Firearms: assault weapons – Would make assault weapon style rifles with “bullet button” or similar magazine releases actual assault weapons, require their registration, and prohibit their future sale. Position: Opposed.

SB 53 (de Leon) Ammunition: purchase permits – This bill would require that anyone who purchases ammunition, with some exceptions, first obtain an ammunition purchaser authorization from the State Department of Justice. A fee would be charged for the authorization and the authorized person’s name would be placed on a Department list of those authorized to buy ammunition. Ammunition vendors would have to check the Department’s list to verify that a person is authorized before selling him or her any ammunition. 

 

It would apply to all ammunition thus reinstating the following provisions that were previously enacted but did not take effect because of a court ruling that the definition of handgun ammunition used was unconstitutionally vague.

 

Ammunition sales could only be made in a “face to face” transaction, thus making internet and mail order ammunition sales illegal. The vendor would have to record personal information about the purchaser, including obtaining a signature and thumbprint, and list the brand, type, and amount of ammunition purchased for each transaction. Ammunition vendors would have to obtain an ammunition vendor’s license from the Department.

 

The bill would now apply to all ammunition (rifle, shotgun, and handgun), including hunting ammunition. Ammunition offered for sale could not be on display in a location that is accessible to customers without the assistance of the vendor or a vendor employee. Position: Opposed.

 

SB 108 (Yee) Firearms: lending and residential storage – This bill would provide that no person who is 18 years of age or older and who is the owner, lessee, renter, or other legal occupant of a residence, shall, while outside of that residence, keep in that residence a firearm that he or she owns or has lawful possession of unless the firearm is stored in one of certain specified ways, such as locked in a gun safe or by using a trigger lock that prevents the firearm from being discharged.   

 

Of particular interest to hunters is that the term “residence” for purposes of the bill also includes hotels, motels, and recreational vehicles such as motor homes and house trailers.

 

AB 108 also prohibits the loan of a handgun unless the handgun is registered to the person who is loaning it. Position: Opposed.

SB 293 (DeSaulnier) Firearms: owner authorized handguns – This bill would provide that once owner authorized handgun technology is available in at least two models of handguns for retail sale, after two years from such date a new model of handgun would be legally “unsafe” if it was not owner-authorized. Position: Opposed.

SB 299 (DeSaulnier) Firearms: lost or stolen: reports – This bill would require a person to report the theft or loss of a firearm he or she owns or possesses to a local law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction in which the theft or loss occurred within 48 hours of the time he or she knew or reasonably should have known that the firearm had been stolen or lost, and requires every person who has reported a firearm lost or stolen to notify the local law enforcement agency within 48 hours if the firearm is subsequently recovered. The bill would make a violation of these provisions an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed $100 for a first offense, an infraction punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 for a 2nd offense, and a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding 6 months, or by a fine not to exceed $1,000, or both that fine and imprisonment, for a 3rd or subsequent offense. Position: Opposed.

SB 374 (Steinberg) Firearms: assault weapons – This bill would classify any semiautomatic rimfire or centerfire rifle that does not have a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept 10 rounds of ammunition or less as an assault weapon (i.e. - any semiautomatic rifle with a detachable magazine; or any semiautomatic rifle with a tubular or box magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds).

The bill would require a person who, between January 1, 2001, and prior to January 1, 2014, lawfully possessed an assault weapon that does not have a fixed magazine, including those weapons with an ammunition feeding device that can be removed readily from the firearm with the use of a tool (“bullet buttons”, etc.) to register the firearm by July 1, 2014.

SB 374 would mandate the registration of any handgun possessed that has not previously been registered to its current owner, any rifle that does not have a detachable magazine, and any shotgun purchased prior to January 1, 2014. Registration fees would be imposed. In effect, this would require the registration of virtually all firearms. Position: Opposed.

SB 396 (Hancock) Firearms: magazine capacity – This bill would revise the definition of "capacity to accept more than 10 rounds” to mean capable of holding more than 10 rounds, but not applying to a feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot hold more than 10 rounds.

 

Would also make it illegal to possess a magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds no matter when it was purchased or originally possessed. Such magazines currently possessed would have to be disposed of as prescribed by the bill (This would include large after market magazines sold for such commonly possessed rifles such as the Ruger 10/22). Tubular magazines permanently attached to .22 and lever action rifles would be exempt.  Position: Opposed.

SB 475 (Leno) Agricultural District 1-A: firearms sales at the Cow Palace – This bill would require the prior approval of the Board of Supervisors of both the County of San Mateo and the City and County of San Francisco before an officer, employee, operator, or lessee of Agricultural District 1-A could contract for, authorize, or allow an event at which a firearm or ammunition is sold at the Cow Palace. Position: Opposed.

SB 567 (Jackson) Firearms: shotguns – Would change the definition of shotgun in a manner that could include handguns because of the fact that mini-shotshells (birdshot, etc.) are made for them. Because handguns have short barrels, they could become short barreled shotguns, thus making them a felony to possess. Position: opposed.

SB 755 (Wolk) Firearms: prohibited persons – The existing provision of state law that mandates a ten year prohibition on the possession of firearms for committing various misdemeanors (29085 pc) has thus far been limited to misdemeanors that are of a violent nature against another person.

SB 755 would abandon this principle by including a number of misdemeanors that do not themselves constitute violence against others, but which hunters can inadvertently violate.

Specifically, Penal Code Sections 26500 (a hunter making an extended loan of a hunting firearm to another hunter), 30300 (giving handgun hunting ammunition to a minor when not actually engaged in or traveling to or from hunting), and 30310 (dropping off a student on school grounds while on the way to a shooting range or hunting when in the possession of ammunition) could easily be unknowingly violated while preparing for future hunting and related activities. Each of these violations could result in the loss of the right to possess a firearm for ten years under the provisions of SB 755.  Position: Opposed   

THE OPPOSED BILLS LISTED ABOVE WOULD DO NOTHING TO SOLVE PROBLEMS INVOLVING THE USE OF A FIREARM, BUT WOULD GREATLY INTEREFERE WITH THE USE OF FIREARMS BY LAWFUL INDIVIDUALS FOR HUNTING AND OTHER LEGAL PURPOSES!!!

TO  LOCATE YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER BY YOUR ZIPCODE:

Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ .  Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”.  Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.

 

TO  CONTACT Governor Jerry Brown:  Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.  To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.

 

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                                                    May 31, 2013

LEGISLATIVE ALERT

PROPOSED STATEWIDE BAN ON LEAD HUNTING AMMUNITION

 

!!!!IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO OPPOSE!!!!

 

AB 711 (Rendon) Hunting: nonlead ammunition

Anti-hunters are at it again! This time they want to expand the current ban on lead ammunition for hunting in the range of the California Condor to STOP THE USE OF ALL  LEAD AMMUNITION FOR ALL HUNTING THROUGHOUT THE STATE! 

If passed, AB 711 could actually result in the STOPPAGE OF ALL HUNTING WITH RIFLES AND HANDGUNS IN CALIFORNIA! This is because the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has made a determination that nonlead ammunition for these firearms meets the tests for armor piercing ammunition because of its chemical composition and the fact that various makes and models of handguns exist that can collectively shoot virtually all of it. It is illegal under both state and federal laws to use or possess such armor piercing ammunition! To date, ATF has not granted any waivers for sporting ammuni­tion and ammunition manufacturers are uncertain if they should continue to produce it!!!!

THUS, IF AB 711 PASSES, HUNTERS MAY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE POSITION OF NOT BEING ABLE TO HUNT SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE IS NO RIFLE OR PISTOL AMMUNITION AVAILABLE THAT IS LEGAL TO USE FOR HUNTING IN CALIFORNIA!!!!

SCIENTIFIC TESTING HAS SHOWN THAT THE CURRENT BAN ON LEAD AMMUNITION HAS NOT RESULTED IN SIGNIFICANTLY LOWERING THE BLOOD LEAD LEVELS IN CONDORS. IN FACT, ONE MAJOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY CHALLENGES THE VALIDITY OF PRIOR RESEARCH AND WHETHER HUNTERS’ LEAD AMMUNITION IS REALLY THE PROBLEM!!!!

ANTI-HUNTERS HAVE SPECULATED THAT BLOOD LEAD LEVELS REMAIN ELEVATED BECAUSE HUNTERS ARE IGNORING THE BAN AND ARE ILLEGALLY USING LEAD AMMUNITION!!!!

THEY ARE COMPLETELY IGNORING THE POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER SOURCE OF LEAD, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ONCE FOUND THAT THE STILL BORN CALVES PUT OUT AT CONDOR FEEDING STATIONS AT THE TIME WERE CONTAMINATED WITH LEAD AND WERE, IN FACT, THE REAL CULPRIT!!!

AB 711 IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. IF IT PASSES AND CONDOR BLOOD LEAD LEVELS DON’T DROP, THERE WILL BE LOUD AND FRANTIC CALLS BY ANTI-HUNTERS TO STOP ALL HUNTING STATEWIDE!!! THEY WILL NOT BE CALLING TO LOOK FOR OTHER SOURCES OF LEAD POISONING BECAUSE IT WOULD BE CONTRARY TO THEIR ANTI-HUNTING AGENDA!!!

 

AB 711 IS ONE OF SEVERAL BILLS SPONSORED BY THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES DURING THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION.  PLEASE VIEW THE YOUTUBE VIDEO OF LOIS LERNER, IRS OFFICIAL EMBROILED IN THE CURRENT IRS SCANDAL, AND HER TIES TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-n9BNmGtmv0

AB 711 IS NOW IN THE SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES & WATER COMMITTEE WHERE IT IS TENTATIVELY SET FOR A LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON TUESDAY, JUNE 11TH!  PLEASE ACT NOW!

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT THE SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES & WATER COMMITTEE, YOUR OWN SENATOR AND THE GOVERNOR IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO AB 711!

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUIRED!!

 

 

PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING TO OPPOSE AB 711:

1. The Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee: 

 

Member

District

Party

Phone

Fax

Pavley, Fran (Chair)

27 

916 651 4027 

916 324 4823 

Cannella, Anthony (Vice-Chair)

12 

916 651 4012 

916 445 0773 

Evans, Noreen

916 651 4002 

916 323 6958 

Fuller, Jean

18 

916 651 4018 

916 322 3304 

Hueso, Ben

40 

916 651 4040 

916 327 3522 

Jackson, Hannah–Beth

19 

916 651 4019 

916 324 7544 

Lara, Ricardo

33 

916 651 4033 

916 327 9113 

Monning, William

17 

916 651 4017 

916 445 8081 

Wolk, Lois

916 651 4003 

916 323 2304 

2. Your Own Legislative District Senator: http://senate.ca.gov/senators

TO LOCATE YOUR SENATOR BY YOUR ZIPCODE:

Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ .  Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”.  Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.

 

3. Governor Jerry Brown:  Phone: 916-445-2841; FAX: 916-558-3160.  To send an e-mail: http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php.


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                                                                         May 24, 2013

                                                                                        LEGISLATIVE ALERT!!!

AB 1213 (Bloom) on Assembly Floor

Bobcats

AB 1213 (Bloom), The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013, as amended May 6, 2013, would  prohibit the trapping of bobcats and the sale of bobcat furs for commercial purposes unless the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Fish and Game Commission complete numerous specified tasks, including the development of a complex and detailed management plan that would be very difficult to complete within the allowed time frame.

 AB 1213 has been passed by the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and is now headed for the Assembly Floor where it will have a hearing and vote as early as this Wednesday, May 29th, and no later than Friday, May 31st!!  Please take action NOW.

Reportedly, the bill was amended in the committee to remove the provision mandating an automatic ban on bobcat trapping if the Department and Commission failed to complete the management plan and its implementation by the specified date.

However, the bill would still require trappers to pay for the entire cost of the management plan through increased trapping license fees. Current estimates are that this would result in trapping license fees of about $2000 for each license.

Clearly, such high licensing costs would result in virtually no trapping licenses being sold. It would, in effect, be the same thing as a ban on trapping.

Please immediately contact Assembly Member Bloom, and other Assembly Members in strong opposition to AB 1213, as amended in the Appropriations Committee.

It is important to point out that trappers make substantial financial investments that benefit the state’s economy including motor vehicles, trailers, ATVs, trapping equipment, maintenance and repairs, travel, lodging, meals, and many other expenditures on items associated with trapping.

 

If AB 1213 is enacted, it will have a negative economic impact on the income of those who trap fur bearing mammals, trapping supply businesses, and on the fur industry itself.


This bill would adversely affect the economy of local businesses in areas where trapping occurs.

Loss of employment and income is a major problem in California. This bill would make this problem even larger.

Summarize by stating that the bill is anti-business, that there is no indication the bobcat population in California is in trouble, and that the Department of Fish and Wildlife together with the Fish and Game Commission would take appropriate regulatory measures if needed.

AB 1213 is not needed and it would interfere with the ability of the Department and the Commission to do their jobs!

CONTACT ASSEMBLYMEMBER BLOOM AND YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER AT ONCE!!!  TELL THEM TO VOTE “NO” ON THIS BILL!!

TO CONTACT ASSEMBLYMEMBER BLOOM:

Assemblymember Richard Bloom  Telephone: (916) 319-2050; FAX: (916) 319-2150

 

TO LOCATE YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER BY YOUR ZIPCODE:

Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ .  Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”.  Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.

 

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AB 711 (Rendon) Hunting: nonlead ammunition

Pending on the Assembly Floor

The bill’s sponsor is the Humane Society of the United States.  Its current CEO, Wayne Pacelle, is on record as telling his supporters:

“We are going to use the ballot box and the democratic process to stop all hunting in the United States.  .  .  We will take it species by species until all hunting is stopped in California.  Then we will take it state by state.”  -- Full Cry Magazine, October 1, 1990

An “Aye” vote is a vote to ban ALL hunting in the State of California!

Please vote “NO!”

on AB 711

 

 

 

 

 

AB 711 an anti-hunting bill bad for California’s Economy and Wildlife Conservation

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AB 711 will hurt California Wildlife Restoration Funding

 Department of Finance projects CA would realize approximately $9 million in decreased revenues

The 11% firearms and ammunition excise taxes (FEAT) are remitted to the Fish and Wildlife Restoration Fund under provisions of the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937 is a primary source of wildlife conservation funding in the United States and the financial backbone of the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.  California was among the top five beneficiaries of the Wildlife Restoration Fund in 2012 and is receiving $14 million in 2013 for wildlife restoration. 

AB 711 is inconsistent with Federal Regulatory Practices

All alternative ammunition is classified as “Armor Piercing which is illegal under federal law

Currently, non-lead hunting rifle ammunition largely falls under the definition of "armor piercing ammunition" (18 USC 921 (17)(B)(ii)), which is illegal to import, make and sell unless the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) determines it is exempt because it is "primarily intended to be used for a sporting purpose." At the present time ATF has approximately 20 exemption requests that have been on their desk for at least two years.  Without this exemption, the provisions of this bill would have a significant and negative impact on the hunting industry.

 

AB 711 – New Mandated costs of up to $11 million annually

This bill would impose a costly state mandated program

 

This bill would mandate that the Department of Fish & Wildlife establish a process to provide hunters with alternative metal ammunition at no or reduced charge to apply statewide.  The Department of Finance estimates this could cost the state up to $11million annually.

 

 

Please see the attached documents.

http://theoscc.org/uploads/Final_Lead_Packet_Primer_5-15-13.pdf

http://theoscc.org/uploads/Article_Killing_Condors_OK_at_Wind_Proj_5-14-130001.pdf

http://theoscc.org/uploads/AB_711_DOF_Analysis_Amd_4-17-13.pdf

   This bill can be heard as soon as tomorrow. If you want to continue hunting in California you need to call
 your Assembly Member now.

 Contact all of your friends and spread the word. You simply can't wait for someone else to take care of it. 

  http://assembly.ca.gov/assemblymembers





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May 2, 2013

 

LEGISLATIVE ALERT

PROPOSED STATEWIDE BAN ON LEAD HUNTING AMMUNITION

 

!!!!IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO OPPOSE!!!!

 

AB 711 (Rendon) Hunting: nonlead ammunition  

Anti-hunters are at it again! This time they want to expand the current ban on lead ammunition for hunting in the range of the California Condor to STOP THE USE OF ALL  LEAD AMMUNITION FOR ALL HUNTING THROUGHOUT THE STATE! 

If passed, AB 711 could actually result in the STOPPAGE OF ALL HUNTING WITH RIFLES AND HANDGUNS IN CALIFORNIA! This is because the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has made a determination that nonlead ammunition for these firearms meets the tests for armor piercing ammunition because of its chemical composition and the fact that various makes and models of handguns exist that can collectively shoot virtually all of it. It is illegal under both state and federal laws to use or possess such armor piercing ammunition! To date, ATF has not granted any waivers for sporting ammunition and ammunition manufacturers are uncertain if they should continue to produce it!!!!

THUS, IF AB 711 PASSES, HUNTERS MAY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE POSITION OF NOT BEING ABLE TO HUNT SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE IS NO RIFLE OR PISTOL AMMUNITION AVAILABLE THAT IS LEGAL TO USE FOR HUNTING IN CALIFORNIA!!!!

SCIENTIFIC TESTING HAS SHOWN THAT THE CURRENT BAN ON LEAD AMMUNITION HAS NOT RESULTED IN SIGNIFICANTLY LOWERING THE BLOOD LEAD LEVELS IN CONDORS. IN FACT, ONE MAJOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY CHALLENGES THE VALIDITY OF PRIOR RESEARCH AND WHETHER HUNTER’S LEAD AMMUNITION IS REALLY THE PROBLEM!!!!

ANTI-HUNTERS HAVE SPECULATED THAT BLOOD LEAD LEVELS REMAIN ELEVATED BECAUSE HUNTERS ARE IGNORING THE BAN AND ARE ILLEGALLY USING LEAD AMMUNITION!!!!

THEY ARE COMPLETELY IGNORING THE POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER SOURCE OF LEAD, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ONCE FOUND THAT THE STILL BORN CALVES PUT OUT AT CONDOR FEEDING STATIONS AT THE TIME WERE CONTAMINATED WITH LEAD AND WERE, IN FACT, THE REAL CULPRIT!!!

AB 711 IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. IF IT PASSES AND CONDOR BLOOD LEAD LEVELS DON’T DROP, THERE WILL BE LOUD AND FRANTIC CALLS BY ANTI-HUNTERS TO STOP ALL HUNTING STATEWIDE!!! THEY WILL NOT BE CALLING TO LOOK FOR OTHER SOURCES OF LEAD POISONING BECAUSE IT WOULD BE CONTRARY TO THEIR ANTI-HUNTING AGENDA!!!

 

AB 711 IS NOW IN THE ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS WHERE IT IS TENTATIVELY SET FOR A LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 8TH, JUST ONE WEEK AWAY!!!

 

 

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT ASSEMBLY MEMBER RENDON, THE ASSEMBLY APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, AND OTHER ASSEMBLY MEMBERS IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO AB711!

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUIRED!!

 

 

PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING TO OPPOSE AB 711:

 

1. The Author: Assembly Member Anthony Rendon, State Capitol Building, Rm. 2136, Sacramento, CA 95814; Phone (916) 319-2063 / FAX: (916) 319-2163.

 

2. The Assembly Committee on Appropriations: 

 

Member

District

Party

Phone

Fax

Bigelow, Franklin

916 319 2005 

916 319 2105 

Bocanegra, Raul

39 

916 319 2039 

916 319 2139 

Bradford, Steven

62 

916 319 2062 

916 319 2162 

Calderon, Ian

57 

916 319 2057 

916 319 2157 

Campos, Nora

27 

916 319 2027 

916 319 2127 

Donnelly, Tim

33 

916 319 2033 

916 319 2133 

Eggman, Susan

13 

916 319 2013 

916 319 2113 

Gatto, Mike (Chair)

43 

916 319 2043 

916 319 2143 

Gomez, Jimmy

51 

916 319 2051 

916 319 2151 

Hall, Isadore

64 

916 319 2064 

916 319 2164 

Harkey, Diane (Vice-Chair)

73 

916 319 2073 

916 319 2173 

Holden, Chris

41 

916 319 2041 

916 319 2141 

Linder, Eric

60 

916 319 2060 

916 319 2160 

Pan, Richard

916 319 2009 

916 319 2109 

Quirk, Bill

20 

916 319 2020 

916 319 2120 

Wagner, Donald

68 

916 319 2068 

916 319 2168 

Weber, Shirley

79 

916 319 2079 

916 319 2179 

3. Your Own Legislative District Assembly Members: http://assembly.ca.gov/assemblymembers

 

TO LOCATE YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER BY YOUR ZIPCODE:

Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ .  Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”.  Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.


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April 9, 2013

 

LEGISLATIVE ALERT

                              PROPOSED STATEWIDE BAN ON LEAD HUNTING AMMUNITION                           
    

 

 

!!!!IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO OPPOSE!!!!

 

 

AB 711 (Rendon) Hunting: nonlead ammunition  

Anti-hunters are at it again! This time they want to expand the current ban on lead ammunition for hunting in the range of the California Condor to STOP THE USE OF ALL  LEAD AMMUNITION FOR ALL HUNTING THROUGHOUT THE STATE! 

If passed, AB 711 could actually result in the STOPPAGE OF ALL HUNTING WITH RIFLES AND HANDGUNS IN CALIFORNIA! This is because the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has made a determination that nonlead ammunition for these firearms meets the tests for armor piercing ammunition because of its chemical composition and the fact that various makes and models of handguns exist that can shoot virtually all of it. It is illegal under both state and federal laws to use or possess such armor piercing ammunition!! To date, ATF has not granted any waivers for sporting ammunition and ammunition manufacturers are uncertain if they should continue to produce it!!!!

THUS, IF AB 711 PASSES, HUNTERS MAY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE POSITION OF NOT BEING ABLE TO HUNT SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE IS NO RIFLE OR PISTOL AMMUNITION AVAILABLE THAT IS LEGAL TO USE FOR HUNTING IN CALIFORNIA!!!!

SCIENTIFIC TESTING HAS SHOWN THAT THE CURRENT BAN ON LEAD AMMUNITION HAS NOT RESULTED IN SIGNIFICANTLY LOWERING THE BLOOD LEAD LEVELS IN CONDORS. IN FACT, ONE MAJOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY CHALLENGES THE VALIDITY OF PRIOR RESEARCH AND WHETHER HUNTER’S LEAD AMMUNITION IS REALLY THE PROBLEM!!!!

ANTI-HUNTERS HAVE SPECULATED THAT BLOOD LEAD LEVELS REMAIN ELEVATED BECAUSE HUNTERS ARE IGNORING THE BAN AND ARE ILLEGALLY USING LEAD AMMUNITION!!!!

THEY ARE COMPLETELY IGNORING THE POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER SOURCE OF LEAD, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ONCE FOUND THAT THE STILL BORN CALVES PUT OUT AT CONDOR FEEDING STATIONS AT THE TIME WERE CONTAMINATED WITH LEAD AND WERE, IN FACT, THE REAL CULPRIT!!!

AB 711 IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. IF IT PASSES AND CONDOR BLOOD LEAD LEVELS DON’T DROP, THERE WILL BE LOUD AND FRANTIC CALLS BY ANTI-HUNTERS TO STOP ALL HUNTING STATEWIDE!!! THEY WILL NOT BE CALLING TO LOOK FOR OTHER SOURCES OF LEAD POISONING BECAUSE IT WOULD BE CONTRARY TO THEIR ANTI-HUNTING AGENDA!!!

 

AB 711 IS NOW IN THE ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON WATER, PARKS & WILDLIFE WHERE IT IS SET FOR A LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON TUESDAY, APRIL 16TH, LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY!!!

 

 

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT ASSEMBLY MEMBER RENDON, THE ASSEMBLY WATER, PARKS & WILDLIFE COMMITTEE, AND OTHER ASSEMBLY MEMBERS IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO AB711!

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUIRED!!

 

 

PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING TO OPPOSE AB 711 :

 

1. The Author: Assembly Member Anthony Rendon, State Capitol Building, Rm. 2136, Sacramento, CA 95814; (916) 319-2063.

 

2. The Assembly Committee on Water, Parks & Wildlife: 

 

Member

District

Party

Room

Phone

Fax

Rendon, Anthony (Chair)

63 

2136 

916 319 2063 

916 319 2163 

Bigelow, Franklin (Vice-Chair)

4116 

916 319 2005 

916 319 2105 

Allen, Travis

72 

5126 

916 319 2072 

916 319 2172 

Blumenfield, Bob

45 

6026 

916 319 2045 

916 319 2145 

Bocanegra, Raul

39 

4167 

916 319 2039 

916 319 2139 

Dahle, Brian

2174 

916 319 2001 

916 319 2101 

Fong, Paul

28 

5016 

916 319 2028 

916 319 2128 

Frazier, Jim

11 

3091 

916 319 2011 

916 319 2111 

Gaines, Beth

2130 

916 319 2006 

916 319 2106 

Gatto, Mike

43 

2114 

916 319 2043 

916 319 2143 

Gomez, Jimmy

51 

2176 

916 319 2051 

916 319 2151 

Gray, Adam

21 

6012 

916 319 2021 

916 319 2121 

Patterson, Jim

23 

4102 

916 319 2023 

916 319 2123 

Yamada, Mariko

5160 

916 319 2004 

916 319 2104

1 Vacancy

3. Your Own Legislative District Assembly Members: http://assembly.ca.gov/assemblymembers

 

TO LOCATE YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER BY YOUR ZIPCODE:

Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ .  Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”.  Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.










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April 9, 2013

 

LEGISLATIVE ALERT

 

 

                             PROPOSED STATEWIDE BAN ON LEAD HUNTING AMMUNITION                            

 

 

!!!!IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TO OPPOSE!!!!

 

 

AB 711 (Rendon) Hunting: nonlead ammunition  

Anti-hunters are at it again! This time they want to expand the current ban on lead ammunition for hunting in the range of the California Condor to STOP THE USE OF ALL  LEAD AMMUNITION FOR ALL HUNTING THROUGHOUT THE STATE! 

 

If passed, AB 711 could actually result in the STOPPAGE OF ALL HUNTING WITH RIFLES AND HANDGUNS IN CALIFORNIA! This is because the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has made a determination that nonlead ammunition for these firearms meets the tests for armor piercing ammunition because of its chemical composition and the fact that various makes and models of handguns exist that can shoot virtually all of it. It is illegal under both state and federal laws to use or possess such armor piercing ammunition!! To date, ATF has not granted any waivers for sporting ammunition and ammunition manufacturers are uncertain if they should continue to produce it!!!!

 

THUS, IF AB 711 PASSES, HUNTERS MAY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE POSITION OF NOT BEING ABLE TO HUNT SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE IS NO RIFLE OR PISTOL AMMUNITION AVAILABLE THAT IS LEGAL TO USE FOR HUNTING IN CALIFORNIA!!!!

 

SCIENTIFIC TESTING HAS SHOWN THAT THE CURRENT BAN ON LEAD AMMUNITION HAS NOT RESULTED IN SIGNIFICANTLY LOWERING THE BLOOD LEAD LEVELS IN CONDORS. IN FACT, ONE MAJOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY CHALLENGES THE VALIDITY OF PRIOR RESEARCH AND WHETHER HUNTER’S LEAD AMMUNITION IS REALLY THE PROBLEM!!!!

 

ANTI-HUNTERS HAVE SPECULATED THAT BLOOD LEAD LEVELS REMAIN ELEVATED BECAUSE HUNTERS ARE IGNORING THE BAN AND ARE ILLEGALLY USING LEAD AMMUNITION!!!!

 

THEY ARE COMPLETELY IGNORING THE POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER SOURCE OF LEAD, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS ONCE FOUND THAT THE STILL BORN CALVES PUT OUT AT CONDOR FEEDING STATIONS AT THE TIME WERE CONTAMINATED WITH LEAD AND WERE, IN FACT, THE REAL CULPRIT!!!

 

AB 711 IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. IF IT PASSES AND CONDOR BLOOD LEAD LEVELS DON’T DROP, THERE WILL BE LOUD AND FRANTIC CALLS BY ANTI-HUNTERS TO STOP ALL HUNTING STATEWIDE!!! THEY WILL NOT BE CALLING TO LOOK FOR OTHER SOURCES OF LEAD POISONING BECAUSE IT WOULD BE CONTRARY TO THEIR ANTI-HUNTING AGENDA!!!

 

AB 711 IS NOW IN THE ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON WATER, PARKS & WILDLIFE WHERE IT IS SET FOR A LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON TUESDAY, APRIL 16TH, LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY!!!

 

 

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT ASSEMBLY MEMBER RENDON, THE ASSEMBLY WATER, PARKS & WILDLIFE COMMITTEE, AND OTHER ASSEMBLY MEMBERS IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO AB711!

 

 

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUIRED!!

 

 

PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING TO OPPOSE AB 711 :

 

1. The Author: Assembly Member Anthony Rendon, State Capitol Building, Rm. 2136, Sacramento, CA 95814; (916) 319-2063.

 

2. The Assembly Committee on Water, Parks & Wildlife: 

 

Member

District

Party

Room

Phone

Fax

Rendon, Anthony (Chair)

63 

2136 

916 319 2063 

916 319 2163 

Bigelow, Franklin (Vice-Chair)

4116 

916 319 2005 

916 319 2105 

Allen, Travis

72 

5126 

916 319 2072 

916 319 2172 

Blumenfield, Bob

45 

6026 

916 319 2045 

916 319 2145 

Bocanegra, Raul

39 

4167 

916 319 2039 

916 319 2139 

Dahle, Brian

2174 

916 319 2001 

916 319 2101 

Fong, Paul

28 

5016 

916 319 2028 

916 319 2128 

Frazier, Jim

11 

3091 

916 319 2011 

916 319 2111 

Gaines, Beth

2130 

916 319 2006 

916 319 2106 

Gatto, Mike

43 

2114 

916 319 2043 

916 319 2143 

Gomez, Jimmy

51 

2176 

916 319 2051 

916 319 2151 

Gray, Adam

21 

6012 

916 319 2021 

916 319 2121 

Patterson, Jim

23 

4102 

916 319 2023 

916 319 2123 

Yamada, Mariko

5160 

916 319 2004 

916 319 2104

1 Vacancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Your Own Legislative District Assembly Members: http://assembly.ca.gov/assemblymembers

 

TO LOCATE YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER BY YOUR ZIPCODE:

Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ .  Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”.  Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.

 

 

 

March 14, 2013

 

LEGISLATIVE ALERT!!!

 

!!!IMMEDIATE ACTION IS CRITICAL: PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD BE DEVASTING TO SPORTSMEN AND THEIR OWNERSHIP OF FIREARMS!!!

Recent tragic and highly publicized incidents involving the illegal use of firearms and ammunition have given political momentum to those who wish to severely restrict the ownership and possession of firearms and ammunition commonly used for hunting and other lawful purposes.

The success of anti-hunting groups in passing legislation last year which bans the use of dogs for hunting bears and bobcats has further encouraged them to pursue additional restrictions on hunting and hunting related activities in California again this year!

Those who support extreme controls over firearms ownership and hunting are emboldened to attempt to pass almost everything they have had on their agendas in the past but could not get through the state legislature. They are encouraged by the Governor’s approval of recent bills in these areas and think he will sign almost any bill they send to his desk!   

PROPOSED STATEWIDE BAN ON LEAD AMMUNITION RESURFACES

The Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon California, and the Humane Society of the United States have proposed legislation (AB 711, Rendon, D-Lakewood) that would ban lead ammunition in California, allegedly to prevent lead poisoning of scavengers that eat gut piles and other remains of animals that have been harvested by sportsmen.

Animal rights groups believe that passing such legislation in California would establish a precedent that could be built upon to pass similar laws across the United States eventually eliminating all lead ammunition nationwide. 

IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT THAT ALL SPORTSMEN AND OTHER LAWFUL OWNERS OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION IMMEDIATELY CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE, ESPECIALLY LEGISLATORS REPRESENTING THE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS IN WHICH THEY LIVE, TO URGE THEM NOT TO PASS MORE ANTI-HUNTING AND ANTI-FIREARMS LEGISLATION!

The following is a list of priority subject areas in which proposed legislation has already been introduced, or is known to be planned by future amendments, in the current California legislative session:

         a)    Extra “per bullet” taxes on ammunition sales,

         b)    Ammunition buyer and ammunition purchase record keeping and registration,

         c)     State issued permit requirement for a person to be able to buy any ammunition,

         d)    Ammunition magazine capacity limit of 10 rounds for all semiautomatics,

         e)    Lead ammunition ban statewide for any kind of hunting or shooting,

         f)     Forfeiture of firearms dealers licenses for yet undefined offenses,

         g)    Extension of the 10 day firearms buyer waiting period in certain cases,

         h)    Ban on “bullet buttons” and similar ammunition magazine release mechanisms,

         i)     Possession of firearms by prohibited persons,

         j)     Mandate that new handguns must be able to recognize their owners and not allow                                      non-authorized persons to fire them (smart guns),

         k)    Expansion of the assault weapon definition to include any semiautomatic rifle that can accept a detachable ammunition magazine or which has a fixed

                 magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds, and

         l)     Additional restrictions and bans on gun shows. Many of these are of primary                                  interest to sportsmen.

 

There are also several place holder “spot bills” that will be re-written later to reflect their true intended legislative purpose. A number of theses are in subject areas that could affect sportsmen!

THE FOLLOWING BILLS WILL HAVE LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS SOON.  PLEASE CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE DESIGNATED COMMITTEES AND OTHER LEGISLATORS NOW TO REQUEST THAT THEY BE OPPOSED OR SUPPORTED AS INDICATED BELOW.

AB 760 (Dickinson) Taxes: ammunition sales – Would impose five cents per round tax on the sales of all ammunition. For example, the tax on a 50 round box of .22s would be $2.50. Position: Opposed; Location: Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, scheduled for hearing April 15, 2013.

 

SB 53 (de Leon) Ammunition: purchase permits Would require that a). Anyone who purchases ammunition first must obtain an annual buyer’s permit ($50) from the State Department of Justice, b). Ammunition sales could only be made in a “face to face” transaction, thus making internet and mail order ammunition sales illegal, c). Retailers would have to record personal information about the purchaser, including obtaining a signature and thumbprint, and list the brand, type, and amount of ammunition purchased for each transaction, and d). Ammunition offered for sale could not be on display in a location that is accessible to customers without the assistance of the vendor or a vendor employee. Position: Opposed; Location: Senate Committee on Public Safety. 

 

SB 374 (Steinberg) Firearms: assault weapons Would declare any semiautomatic rifle that can accept a detachable magazine, such as the Ruger 10/22, or that has a fixed magazine with a capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, to be an assault rifle, thus banning the future sale and placing assault weapon restrictions on many popular makes and models of both rimfire and centerfire rifles commonly used for hunting, competition, target practice, firearms training, including hunter safety training, and other lawful purposes. Position: Opposed; Location: Senate Committee on Public Safety. 

 

AB 711 (Rendon) Fish and wildlife: method of taking – Would ban the use of lead ammunition for hunting and other lawful purposes statewide. Position: Opposed; Location: Not yet assigned to committee.

 

AB 1230 (Donnelly) Mammals: use of dogs to pursue bears and bobcats – Would remove the current prohibition on the use of dogs to pursue bears and bobcats, and instead allow the use of one dog per hunter to hunt bears during the open deer season and more than one dog per hunter to pursue bears during the open bear season, except when it overlaps with the archery or regular deer seasons.  Position: Support; Location: Assembly Committee on Water, Parks & Wildlife.       

PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION! CONTACT YOUR OWN STATE LEGISLATORS AND THE MEMBERS OF THE DESIGNATED COMMITTEES TO ASK THEM TO OPPOSE OR SUPPORT THESE BILLS AS INDICATED ABOVE!!

THE OPPOSED BILLS WOULD DO NOTHING TO SOLVE PROBLEMS INVOLVING THE USE OF A FIREARM, BUT WOULD GREATLY INTEREFERE WITH THE USE OF FIREARMS BY LAWFUL INDIVIDUALS FOR HUNTING AND OTHER LEGAL PURPOSES!!!

 

TO LOCATE YOUR ASSEMBLYMEMBER/SENATOR BY YOUR ZIPCODE:

Please go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ .  Enter your street address, city and zip code in the boxes above the map of California; click on “Locate”.  Your legislators and their contact information will then become available.

 

ASSEMBLY/SENATE COMMITTEES REFERRED TO IN ALERT ABOVE:

 

ASSEMBLY   REVENUE AND TAXATION

Member

District

Party

Room

Phone

Fax

Bocanegra, Raul  (Chair)

39 

4167 

916 319 2039 

916 319 2139 

Dahle, Brian (Vice-Chair)

2174 

916 319 2001 

916 319 2101 

Gordon, Richard

24 

4126 

916 319 2024 

916 319 2124 

Harkey, Diane

73 

6027 

916 319 2073 

916 319 2173 

Mullin, Kevin

22 

3126 

916 319 2022 

916 319 2122 

Nestande, Brian

42 

4139 

916 319 2042 

916 319 2142 

Pan, Richard

6005 

916 319 2009 

916 319 2109 

Pérez, V. Manuel

56 

4112 

916 319 2056 

916 319 2156 

Ting, Philip

19 

3173 

916 319 2019 

916 319 2119 

 

SENATE   PUBLIC SAFETY

Member

District

Party

Room

Phone

Fax

Hancock, Loni (Chair)

2082 

916 651 4009 

916 327 1997 

Anderson, Joel (Vice-Chair)

36 

2054 

916 651 4036 

916 447 9008 

Block, Marty

39 

4090 

916 651 4039 

916 327 2188 

de León, Kevin

22 

5108 

916 651 4022 

916 327 8817 

Knight, Steve

21 

2048 

916 651 4021 

916 445 4662 

Liu, Carol

25 

5097 

916 651 4025 

916 324 7543 

Steinberg, Darrell

205 

916 651 4006 

916 323 2263 

 

ASSEMBLY   WATER, PARKS AND WILDLIFE

Member

District

Party

Room

Phone

Fax

Anthony Rendon (Chair)

63 

2136 

916 319 2063 

916 319 2196 

Bigelow, Franklin (Vice-Chair)

4116 

916 319 2005 

916 319 2105 

Allen, Travis

72 

5126 

916 319 2072 

916 319 2172 

Blumenfield, Bob

45 

6026 

916 319 2045 

916 319 2145 

Bocanegra, Raul

39 

4167 

916 319 2039 

916 319 2139 

Dahle, Brian

2174 

916 319 2001 

916 319 2101 

Fong, Paul

28 

5016 

916 319 2028 

916 319 2128 

Frazier, Jim

11 

3091 

916 319 2011 

916 319 2111 

Gaines, Beth

2130 

916 319 2006 

916 319 2106 

Gatto, Mike

43 

2114 

916 319 2043 

916 319 2143 

Gomez, Jimmy

51 

2176 

916 319 2051 

916 319 2151 

Gray, Adam

21 

6012 

916 319 2021 

916 319 2121 

Patterson, Jim

23 

4102 

916 319 2023 

916 319 2123 

Rendon, Anthony

63 

2136 

916 319 2063 

916 319 2163 

Yamada, Mariko

5160 

916 319 2004 

916 319 2104

 

 

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    Today we sent an alert that the Anti Gun crowd had their big press release about how they were going cure all the gun violence in California. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg wants to move these bills as fast as possible
    
Three bills have been introduced, with others to come before this month's February 22nd deadline for submitting legislation. The proposals they want to pass would;

 1. Outlaw the future sale of semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines.
 2.
Require background checks for buying ammunition.
 3.
Add more guns to the list of prohibited weapons.
 4.
Require those buying ammunition to pay a fee and undergo an initial background check by
      the state Department of Justice.
 
 5.
Ban possession of magazines holding more than 10 bullets.
 6.
Require ALL weapons to be registered.
 7.
Outlaw "bullet buttons" that can be used to quickly detach and reload magazines in
      semi automatic rifles. ( We killed this bill last year )

 8.
Update the legal definition of shotguns to prohibit a new version that can fire shotgun shells
      and .45-   caliber ammunition.

 9.
Restrict the lending of guns to keep weapons from felons, mentally ill people.

                          
OSCC will continue to work with all the gun groups and keep  you  
                                                  informed as bills continue to be introduced.











 


      

 

 

 

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