The four anti-hunting and anti-firearms bills listed in this alert passed the Legislature and went to Governor Brown’s desk for his action.  He had until Sept. 30 to act on bills.  A fifth bill, AB 2805, was stopped the last week of session before it could go to the governor, thanks to your help.

We were in the forefront of opposition to these anti-gun and anti-hunting bills, and we continued this fight to the governor and asked for his VETO on all four measures. The governor vetoed three of the four bills.  Thank you for all of your efforts in contacting the governor and requesting his veto on these bad bills, and congratulations on the three victories!  We appreciate all of your hard work that made this possible.

Anti-Hunting Bills

SB 1487 (Stern, D-Canoga Park) Iconic African Species Protection Act.  Governor Brown vetoed this bill on September 30 (Veto Message).

AB 2805 (Bigelow, R-O’Neals) Wild pigs: validations.  This bill was stopped at the end of August, the last week of session.

Anti-Gun Bills

SB 221 (Wiener, D-San Francisco) Agricultural District 1-A: firearm and ammunition sales at the Cow Palace.  Governor Brown vetoed this bill on September 28, 2018 (Veto Message).

SB 1100 (Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge) Firearms: age restrictions raises the minimum age to purchase a rifle or shotgun to 21.  This amendment to Section 27510 of the Penal Code does not apply to a person 18 years of age or older who possesses a valid, unexpired hunting license issued by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.  Governor Brown signed this bill on September 28, 2018 (Chapter 894, Statutes of 2018)

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.  Governor Brown vetoed this bill on September 30, 2018 (Veto Message)

A full summary report of your legislative bills will be sent separately and through your chapters as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Don Giottonini ( or Lisa McNamee (, your SCI CA Coalition legislative coordinators.  We thank Lisa and Don for their tireless leadership on this legislative session’s bills of importance for SCI members.

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