Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Gun News

California: Lawmakers pass ban on openly carrying unloaded gun

California lawmakers have sent the governor a bill making it a misdemeanor for openly carrying an unloaded handgun in public, a practice popular among certain gun enthusiasts. The Assembly on Friday passed AB144 on a 44-30 vote after it was approved by the Senate.

Read About It: The Associated Press

Georgia: Macon City Council Wants to Ban Your Guns
A blatant act of disregard for Georgia’s Constitution and its statewide firearms preemption law is underway, driven by Macon City Councilman Virgil Watkins.

The Macon City Council Public Safety Committee is scheduled to meet this Thursday, September 15, at 4:00 p.m. to discuss a city-wide gun ban, based on language from a Cook County, Illinois proposed gun ban.  The proposed ordinance would ban the future sale and ownership of all semi-automatic firearms outlined in the ordinance and would require current owners to either render their classified guns inoperable or surrender them to law enforcement officers within ninety days.

You can view the proposed ordinance here.

This overreaching effort to illegally enact local gun ordinances is an infringement of your Second Amendment rights.  We urge you to attend this meeting and tell the City Council members that you OPPOSE the banning of lawfully owned and purchased firearms.  This meeting will be held in the City Council Conference Room at Macon City Hall located at 700 Poplar Street in Macon.

If you are unable to attend, have your voice be heard by calling AND e-mailing the Council members before 4 p.m. this Thursday.  City Council members can be contacted by calling (478) 751-7260.  E-mails can be sent to each member by using the e-mail addresses below.
James E. Timley, President
Larry Schlesinger, President Pro Tem
Rick Hutto, Ward 1
Lonnie Miley, Ward 1
Elaine Lucas, Ward 1
J. Michael Cranford, Ward 2
Ed DeFore, Ward 2
Henry C. Ficklin, Ward 3
Tom Ellington, Ward 3
Charles Jones, Ward 4
Virgil Watkins Jr., Ward 4
Lauren Benedict, Ward 5
Nancy White, Ward 5
Jamie Kaplan, Ward 5

Your Gun Rights Under Attack in Sacramento
Governor Brown MUST Hear from Gun Owners and Sportsmen TODAY!
The California Legislature finally adjourned on Friday but not before passing four anti-gun bills.  Governor Jerry Brown now has the final say on whether these bills are vetoed or become law.  That is why it is critical to call AND e-mail Governor Brown today opposing these anti-gun bills.  He needs to here from California’s gun owners that such legislation only affects and penalizes law-abiding gun owners while having no affect on crime or criminals.  These four anti-gun bills are now before Governor Brown:
Assembly Bill 809 would require the registration of any newly purchased long guns.   Not only does AB 809 violate Second Amendment rights by expanding California’s gun registry to include rifles and shotguns, it would also be a huge waste of taxpayer money at a time when California is drowning in debt.  Gun control advocates estimate the cost of this registration at $400,000, a number that is almost certainly far less than it will actually cost to implement and enforce this registry if enacted. The only value of registration is to help governments confiscate firearms in the future.
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 includes a list of calibers which would have to be registered to purchasers at the point-of-purchase.  This list contains ammunition popular among hunters and collectors. This point-of-sale registration of all ammunition purchases in the state would be available for inspection by the California Department of Justice at any time.  If enacted, SB 427 would add significant costs to the state, in terms of enforcement and lost sales tax revenue by driving business out-of-state.
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 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, they will almost certainly want another increase in the fees YOU PAY for FIREARM background checks in California.
Assembly Bill 144 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 allow 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.
It is critical that you, your family, your friends and fellow gun owners in California CALL and E-MAIL Governor Brown to urge him to VETO SB 427, SB 819, AB 144 and AB 809.
One pro-gun bill did make it to Governor Brown’s desk, Senate Bill 610.
Senate Bill 610 would standardize the application process for a permit to carry a concealed handgun.  SB 610 would also delete the requirement that a CCW applicant obtain liability insurance as a condition of obtaining a CCW permit.
Please contact Governor Brown immediately and ask him to VETO SB 427, SB 819, AB 144 and AB 809.  Also, please urge him to SIGN SB 610 into law.

Contact information for Governor Brown can be found here.
 It’s important that Governor Brown hears from every gun owner and sportsmen in California.

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