Monday, August 15, 2011

Gun News

Students For Concealed Carry On Campus Hold National Conference
Students for Concealed Carry on Campus is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprising over 42,000 college students, professors, college employees, parents of college students, and concerned citizens who believe that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that they enjoy virtually everywhere else.
This week, the group held its Second National Conference at the National Press Club in WashingtonD.C. The event featured many distinguished speakers, including author and scholar John R. Lott Jr., Professor Bob Cottrol of George Washington University, Nelson Lund, the Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment at the George Mason University School of Law, NRA-ILA Grassroots Division Director Glen Caroline, and NRA-ILA Grassroots Division Information Specialist Sara Adler, among others.
Topics covered included victims' personal experiences, a debate over allowing permitted concealed handguns on college campuses, academic, legal and legislative panels, and discussions on student activism and lobbying, among others. 
The event was well attended and was a great success.
One of the afternoon's highlights was NRA-ILA Grassroots Division Director Glen Caroline's keynote speech. To watch a video of the speech, please click here.

Call to sell seized firearms advances to states

In the coming months, state legislators are likely to find a bill crossing their desks that requires law enforcement agencies to auction guns confiscated in crimes rather than destroy them, as many do now. The proposal is the brainchild of the National Rifle Association, and it was adopted last week by a task force at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a Republican leaning policy group that brings together state lawmakers, advocacy groups and corporations to write model legislation.

Read About It: Bloomberg

California Legislature Returns to Work on August 15 and Anti-Gun Legislation is on their Schedule
Contact your state Senator and Assemblyman TODAY!

The California Legislature returns to work this Monday, August 15. It is imperative that you call AND e-mail your state Senator and Assemblyman TODAY and respectfully urge them to OPPOSE all anti-gun legislation and support the NRA CCW reform legislation.  Don’t forget to forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners across California urging them to contact their state legislator.
Call AND e-mail your state Senator OPPOSING the following bill (contact information here):
Assembly Bill 144, back for a second consecutive year, would ban the open carrying of an unloaded handgun.  In reality, the open carrying of firearms by law-abiding citizens is caused by California’s unfair concealed carry laws, which allows citizens from one county to apply for and receive a permit while neighbors in the next county are denied that basic right in an arbitrary manner.
Call and e-mail your state Assemblymember OPPOSING the following bills (contact informationhere):
Senate Bill 427 would grant authority to law enforcement to collect sales records from ammunition retailers, require ammunition vendors to notify local law enforcement of their intention to engage in the business of selling ammunition AND would include a list of “calibers” which would have to be registered at the point of purchase, including ammunition popular among hunters and collectors that has no association with crime. This will result in the point of sale registration of all ammunition purchases in the state, which would be available for inspection by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) at any time.  SB 427 will result in significant costs to the state, both in terms of enforcement and lost sales tax revenue by driving business out-of-state.
Senate Bill 798 would overturn California’s long-standing preemption statute that promotes consistent statewide regulation of air-soft guns, BB guns, and imitation firearms.  California’s statute preempting local regulation of air-soft guns, BB guns and imitation firearms was passed in 1988 in response to routine inadvertent violations that were occurring due to the confusion caused by a patchwork of varying local ordinances. This firearms preemption statute was necessary to avoid the very problems that SB 798 will create if enacted.
Call AND e-mail your state Assemblyman SUPPORTING the following NRA CCW Pro-Gun Reform Legislation:
Senate Bill 610 would standardize the application process for a permit to carry a concealed handgun.  SB 610 would also delete the requirement that CCW applicant obtain liability insurance as a condition of obtaining a CCW permit.
Anti-gun extremists are working hard to eliminate gun ownership in California by any possible means.  WE need to work harder to remind them that the Constitution still applies to California. Take action today and help save California from destroying what our Founding Fathers established over two centuries ago – FREEDOM.
Additional Anti-Gun Legislation that Must be OPPOSED:
The following anti-guns bills have been sent to the Senate and Assembly Appropriations’ committee suspense file.  The suspense file is usually heard in the final days of the legislation session.  The following bills are expected to be heard the week of September 5.
In the Senate Appropriations’ suspense file:
Assembly Bill 809, long gun sales registration, is a direct assault on gun rights because the only real value of registration is to help governments confiscate firearms in the future.  On top of the violation of Second Amendment rights, expanding the registry to include rifles and shotguns would be a huge waste of taxpayer money at a time when California is drowning in debt.  The cost estimate being used by the anti-gunners is $400,000, a number that is almost certainly far less than it will actually cost to implement and enforce this registry, if enacted.
In the Assembly Appropriations’ suspense file:
Senate Bill 124 would require every hunter and target shooter in the state to be fingerprinted for purchases ofall ammunition, and prohibit the mail order purchase of all ammunition, including ammunition popular for hunting and sport shooting that has no association with crime.
Senate Bill 819 would allow the Department of Justice to use the Dealer Record of Sales (DROS) funds to help pay for enforcement of California firearm possession laws in the Armed & Prohibited Persons Systems program. The DROS fund monies were originally collected from every firearm purchaser to pay for the administrative process for background checks. This bill will divert and drain away hundreds of thousands of dollars of DROS fee monies that you have paid for background checks. As a result, the DROS fund will certainly run out of money. When it does, what will be their answer to this problem – another increase in the fees YOU PAY for FIREARM background checks.

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