SCI HUNTER ORANGE ALERT
In the Crosshairs
Your Action Is Urgently Needed!
AB 1254 (Kamlager-Dove) Bobcats: take prohibition was passed by the Assembly Committee on Appropriations May 16th! It now moves to the Assembly Floor for a final Assembly vote.
THE BILL WOULD BAN THE TAKE OF BOBCATS BY ANY METHOD AT ANY TIME, EXCEPT UNDER VERY LIMITED CONDITIONS AS SPECIFIED IN ITS PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE EXISTING DEPREDATION PERMIT AND HUNTING LAWS!
As amended April 11, 2019,AB 1254would generally ban the take of bobcats statewide by any method at any time!!
Bobcat hunting would only be allowed if the Fish and Game Commission adopted regulations to open a bobcat hunting season in a specifically defined area determined by the commission to require a hunt, such as in the case of an over-population of bobcats or an abnormally high rate of depredation.
- The bill’s provisions are NOT supported by wildlife management science.
- State and federal wildlife management authorities indicated prior to the enactment of AB 1213 in 2013 (the existing take restrictions), that the bobcat population was healthy and not in danger of a decline from taking by hunters and others – They have NOT stated otherwise to date.
- This is simply an emotional ANTI-HUNTING MEASURE that is not supported by scientific findings.
- Further, this bill would result in a loss of hunting license revenue and federal Pitman-Robertson funds to the Department of Fish and Wildlife – these funds would need to be replaced out of the State Budget or by an increase in hunting license fees, even though hunting would not be allowed!
AB 1254 MUST Be Opposed!!
Contact Your State Assemblymember NOW!
Call, Write or E-mail your Assemblymember and
tell him of your strong opposition to AB 1254!
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SOME GOOD NEWS
The Assembly Committee on Appropriations also took the following actions that are in line with the positions of hunters:
AB 18 (Levine) Firearms: excise tax (As Amended April 24, 2019) – Would impose a new excise tax of $25.00 per firearm on the sale of new handguns, semiautomatic shotguns and semiautomatic rifles. – Stalled in committee and became a “two-year bill” that won’t be eligible for further hearings until 2020.
AB 425 (Cooley) Firearms: ammunition sales – Would correct a deficiency in the provisions of the ammunition sales laws passed by the voters (Proposition 63) and the legislature which makes it very difficult and, in many cases, impossible for law enforcement agencies and firearms dealers to purchase ammunition from manufacturers, wholesalers, and other licensed ammunition vendors. Without the enactment of AB 425, hunters and other lawful users of ammunition could find the selection of ammunition at their local firearms dealers and other retailers very limited or not available at all. – Passed by the committee and sent to the Assembly Floor for a final assembly vote.
AB 688 (Chu) Firearms: vehicle storage – Would have required unreasonable procedures for the storage of a firearm in a vehicle such as securing the firearm with a chain that passes through the floor of the vehicle and around the vehicle’s frame. – failed passage in the committee.
AB 1064 (Muratsuchi) Firearms dealers: conduct of business – Would have required security video cameras and sound recording devices covering a firearms dealer’s entire premises, including video and sound recording of all firearms purchase transactions clearly showing the hunter or other lawful person making the purchase. A major issue was the invasion of the privacy of lawful individuals. – Failed passage in the committee.