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California - Ammunition Bill Moves To Senate Floor

The California Assembly will consider Assembly Bill 352 at any time. AB 352 expands the definition of "unsafe handguns" to include semi-automatic pistols that are not designed and equipped with an array of microscopic characters which identify the make, model, and serial number of the pistol by imprinting the characters on each cartridge case when the firearm is discharged. This legislation could essentially ban all semi-automatic pistols commonly used by California gun owners. Please continue to contact members of the Assembly through Friday, June 3, and ask them to oppose AB 352. Assembly Members can be reached at (916) 319-20 (plus your 2-digit district number for the last two numbers).

As expected, anti-gun legislation, Senate Bill 357, passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday, May 26. Next it will be considered in the full Senate. This bill would establish a program requiring serialization of handgun ammunition to be enforced by the Department of Justice. The manufacture, transfer, and possession of non-serialized handgun ammunition after July 1, 2007, would be considered a crime. SB 357 would also require ammunition vendors and manufacturers to register with the Department of Justice. Please contact members of the Senate and ask them to oppose SB 357. Senators can be reached at (916) 651-40 (plus your 2-digit district number for the last two numbers). The deadline for voting on both AB 352 and SB 357 is Friday, June 3.

Assembly Bill 996 moved to the Senate on Monday, May 23. AB 996 would require all retailers to display and sell ammunition in a manner that is only accessible by an employee, not the purchaser. Any violation of this measure would result in a misdemeanor. This bill has been voted down twice during the 2005 Legislative Session because existing law already makes it a crime to sell ammunition to a minor or ammunition designed for a handgun to anyone less than 21 years of age. A hearing has yet to be scheduled on this measure.

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