Your San Diego Chapter of SCI is Involved!
Four Chapter members, including our President and Past-President met with the staff of the Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee to express our opposition to this bill. Our message was that this bill (SB 1487) would have a devastating impact on the African species the bill purports to protect.
California Legislative Alert
Firearms Ownership and Hunting Rights under Attack
The California Legislature is in its final month of the 2018 legislative session before its final recess on August 31st. We have been in the forefront of opposition to these anti-gun and anti-hunting bills listed in this alert, and we need to continue the fight. The following bills are up for final dispensation in the Senate/Assembly Appropriations Committees on August 16th. All of these bills are on the Appropriations Committees Suspense Calendars because each would cost California $150,000 or more, the criteria for a bill to be placed on the Suspense Calendar. It is critical that you contact your elected officials and ask them to oppose these ill-conceived legislative proposals.
SB 1177 (Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge) Firearms: transfers would, with few exceptions, limit the purchase of any firearm, including rifles and shotguns, by an individual to one per month.
These three bills:
- Fail to focus on the real problem causing most mass homicides and other crimes involving the use of a firearm: criminals and the mentally ill.
- Criminals and the mentally ill will always be able to obtain firearms through unlawful sources without going through a licensed firearms dealer. These bills will not prevent it.
- There is no evidence that such an age limit or a limit on gun purchases to one per month would have an impact on the criminal misuse of firearms.
- All too often, government agencies and other authorities who have been notified of persons who it is believed would commit such crimes fail to act. The focus should be on these agencies, authorities, and persons, not on lawful individuals.
Individuals who have reached the age of 18 are adults under state and federal law. Their constitutional rights, including their Second Amendment firearms rights, are fully vested.
AB 2382 (Gipson, D-Carson) Firearms: firearm precursor parts would require a purchaser of a firearm “precursor part” (a component that is generally necessary to build or assemble a firearm such as a barrel, magazine, or unfinished receiver), to be registered with the state Department of Justice and to pass a criminal/mental background check.
- Such parts could only be purchased from a firearms dealer or a business that is also licensed as a firearms precursor parts vendor, thus limiting the number of retailers available that sell them.
- The special retailer licensing and recordkeeping requirements would raise their costs of business which would be reflected in higher consumer prices.
- Internet retailers may stop selling to California customers, or raise prices for California residents, because of the additional operating costs.
- The bill is reportedly aimed at preventing the assembly of so called “ghost guns” (no serial number, not traceable, etc.) but would fail as parts can be obtained in the underground marketplace without going through a licensed retailer.
- The bill is not specific to semiautomatics or other action types. It affects parts for all firearms, even those rarely used in committing crimes.
Anti Hunting Bills
- Importation into California of specified species (and parts) of game animals lawfully taken in African countries would be banned.
- A number of the species listed under Senate Bill 1487, including hyena, hippopotamus, plains zebra and giraffe, are neither listed on the Endangered Species Act nor listed as an Appendix I species on CITES.
- For species listed on the ESA, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service already determines when their importation (and possession) in the United States benefits the conservation of the species. California, which has no expertise in these matters, should not second-guess the FWS.
- Should this legislation become law, African wildlife and the rural communities will lose a vital stream of funding for both conservation of wildlife and support for the local communities. Additionally, without the money brought in by hunters, the range countries and professional hunting guides will lose funds for on-the-ground anti-poaching efforts.
- There is no valid scientific reason to ban their importation.
- Species and parts already here could be kept, but only under rigid and unreasonable standards of proof of possession prior to 1/1/19 or if expressly authorized by the federal Endangered Species Act.
- The fines proposed are excessive ($5 – $40,000/violation) for a species that can be possessed legally outside of
- Would pay informants of violations $500 from the Fish and Game Preservation Fund (funded by hunters).
- The wild pig would lose its game mammal status and be reclassified as an “exotic game mammal.” As a result, it would lose protections from over harvesting and excessive methods of take that are in place for game mammals.
- Wild pigs would be managed inadequately as no-one except sportsmen would have to report the taking of a wild pig, thus denying the department the information on the pig kill that it needs to do a competent management plan.
- Landowners would not only be exempt from reporting, but they would also be able to kill wild pigs and let them go to waste.
ALL OF THESE BILLS WILL BE HEARD ON AUGUST 16:
Senate Appropriations Committee: Ask your senators to oppose AB 3, AB 2382, AB 2805
Assembly Appropriations Committee: Ask your assemblymembers to oppose SB 1100, SB 1177, SB 1487
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you contact your legislators now to express your opposition to these bills. We have received over 300 phone calls to date, but we need to redouble our efforts to stop these bills!
If you have any questions, please contact Don Giottonini (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lisa McNamee (HDhuntclub@aol.com), your SCI CA Coalition legislative coordinators. We want to thank Lisa and Don for their tireless leadership on this legislative session’s bills of importance for SCI members.
Use SCI’s Action Center for information on contacting your elected officials.
Alert provided by: Kathy Lynch, Legislative Advocate
SCI CA Coalition