CALIFORNIA 2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
STATE LEGISLATURE IS CURRENTLY IN SUMMER RECESS
SB53 (DeLeon) This bill would require ammunition sellers to be licensed by the California Department of Justice and every ammunition purchaser to have passed a background check. Licensed ammunition vendors would be required to verify that buyers have passed a background check by submitting information electronically to the Department of Justice. Under SB53, online purchases of ammunition would have to be shipped to a California licensed vendor and completed in a face to face transaction. Additionally, vendors would be required to store ammunition in a manner that would deter shop lifting. Regulating ammunition sales is the largest gap in existing state law. This is priority legislation for Women Against Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign. PASSED the Assembly Public Safety Committee
AB1964 (Dickinson) California law requires that all semiautomatic handguns models sold in the state pass a series of safety tests and possess certain features to be placed on the roster of handguns approved for sale. Pistols that have been either temporarily, or permanently, altered to fire a single shot before reloading are exempt. Unscrupulous firearm dealers are altering semi-automatic pistols to “single shot” weapons for the purpose of the sale and then immediately converting them back to the semi-automatic condition, thus circumventing the law. This bill would prohibit that practice. SIGNED INTO LAW AND WILL GO INTO EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2015!
AB1014 (Skinner) This bill would establish a process to allow law enforcement, immediate family members, or licensed therapists and healthcare providers to obtain a Gun Violence Restraining Order when a person is at risk of injury to self or others by having a firearm. The court order would temporarily prohibit the purchase or possession of firearms while the order is in effect. This bill would allow a search warrant to be issued to seize firearms or ammunition from a person subject to a Gun Violence Restraining Order.
AB1591 (Achadjian) Under current law, courts are required to notify the Department of Justice within two days of taking certain actions that result in a person becoming prohibited from possessing a firearm. This bill would require those notifications be made within 24 hours. SIGNED INTO LAW!
AB1609 (Alejo) Federal law makes it illegal to purchase a firearm outside of California and bring it into the state unless the firearm is shipped to a licensed dealer in California to complete the transaction. Federal authorities do not have the resources to enforce this law and California has no authority governing these transactions. This bill would make California law consistent with federal law and give prosecutorial authority to law enforcement. This bill would ensure that the purchase of firearms from out of state would be fully subject to California’s strong laws and would reduce firearm trafficking from out of state.
AB2305 (Ridley-Thomas) It is generally illegal to carry a concealed firearm “upon” a person unless the person has a valid permit to do so. This bill would replace the word “upon” with the words “on or about”. This makes it clear that carrying a firearm in a handbag or backpack without a permit would also be illegal.
SB47 This bill would close the “Bullet Button Loophole” in California’s Assault Weapon Law. Under current firearm regulations, a military style firearm is not considered an assault weapon if a tool, such as the tip of a bullet, is needed to disengage the magazine. This bill would clarify that a military style firearm is an assault weapon unless it has a fixed magazine.
SB292 (DeSaulnier) This bill would require that two years after at least two owner-authorized handguns are certified for sale in California, new models of handguns must have owner-authorized technology so that the gun can only be fired by authorized users. This personalization technology must be a permanent programmable biometric or other feature that is part of the gun’s original design and manufacture. Applying personalization technology to handguns would render them inoperable to unauthorized persons, including children and thieves, thereby reducing firearm homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings in California.
SB505 (Jackson) This bill would require a peace officer who is asked to check on the welfare or well-being of an individual based upon a concern that the individual is a potential danger to self or others, to first conduct a search of the Department of Justice Automated Firearms System to determine whether the person is the registered owner of any firearm.
SB580 (Jackson) This bill would appropriate money from the Firearms Safety and Enforcement Special Fund, including $10 million to redesign and modernize the Department of Justice’s firearm data systems and $50 thousand to provide training to local law enforcement agencies on the use of the Automated Firearms System. This bill would also appropriate $5 million for contracting with local law enforcement agencies to disarm individuals under the Armed and Prohibited Persons System (APPS) program.
AB1545 (Gray) Current law requires all firearm transactions between private parties to go through a licensed dealer who ensures that a background check is completed, that the 10-day waiting period is observed, and a record is maintained. Private transactions that circumvent this process make both the buyer and the seller guilty of a criminal offense. This bill would, until January 2019, provide amnesty to those individuals who obtained the firearm prior to January 2015 and allow a record to be filed after the fact. There is no need for this bill as individuals are already able to file a Firearm Ownership Record form to come into compliance with the law. This bill facilitates violation of the current law. AB1545 FAILED in Assembly Public Safety Committee
AB1563 (Donnelly) Existing law gives sheriffs and police chiefs the discretion to issue permits for the carrying of ocncealed and loaded firearms (CCW permits). They must find that good cause exists, that the applicant is of good moral character, is a resident or employed with the jurisdiction, and has completed a course of training. This bill would repeal existing law and replace it with a CCW licensing system administered by the Department of Justice. The bill would remove the good cause and good moral character standards and require a CCW permit to be issued to anybody who passes a background check and copletes the training. AB1563 takes away law enforcement discretion and would turn California into a “shall issue” CCW state. AB1563 FAILED in Assembly Public Safety Committee
SB916 (Correa) California law requires that all new semiautomatic handguns models sold in the state pass a series of safety tests and possess certain features in order to be placed on the roster of handguns approved for sale. Currently, for a new handgun model to be placed on the roster, it must have a chamber load indicator and microstamping technology. SB916 would allow a handgun that was removed from the roster because of a voluntary action or nonpayment of fees by a firearm manufacturer to later be reinstated to the roster. Additionally, the bill would allow firearm dealers to sell their existing stock of handguns that feel off the roster. The underlying purpose of SB916 was to circumvent the microstamping requirement that will help solve gun crimes. FAILED in Senate Public Safety Committee