NRA Firing Back at California Gun Bill

The NRA and its supporters are promising to fight California Assemblyman Kevin DeLeon's (D-L.A.) AB 962, a state bill recently signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger that requires stricter control over the purchase of handgun ammunition and bans all Internet ammunition sales. Because Schwarzenegger vetoed the same bill one year ago, gun groups were surprised by the action, reported Katie Browning on Sandiegonewsroom.com on Oct. 27.

"We think it was a devastating mistake,'' Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, told the Los Angeles Times. The group represents roughly 30,000 gun owners throughout the state. "Ammunition buyers are going to be treated like registered sex offenders now.''

The bill, which will go into effect on Feb. 11, 2011, requires that purchasers of handgun ammunition be fingerprinted and registered at the time of purchase. Retailers must then maintain these records and make them available for inspection by the Department of Justice.

Backed by the NRA and the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) has revised his AB 373 to repeal AB 962. In a press release, Hagman claimed that AB 962 was an attack on the second amendment.

`"The laundry list of new requirements in Assembly Bill 962 treats law abiding citizens like criminals," Hagman said. "The only people this bill will affect are those already following the law. My bill will ensure that California's responsible gun owners are not punished by this excessive regulation from Sacramento."

The NRA and CRPA are distributing a letter in support of the repeal, which is set to be introduced to the California Legislature in January.

Also:

-- Governor Signs De Leon's Ammo Fingerprinting Law; http://egpnews.com/?p=13373

-- Hagman Bill Designed to Take Back Gun Owner Rights; [http://www.chinohills.com/news-articles details/Hagman_Bill_Designed_to_Take_Back_Gun_Owner_Rights_-103](http://www.chinohills.com/news-articles details/Hagman_Bill_Designed_to_Take_Back_Gun_Owner_Rights_-103)8

News from other states:

-- TENNESSEE: Attorney General's opinion could cast doubt on gun ban in city parks; http://www.thedailytimes.com/article/20091021/BREAKING/910219994

-- NEVADA: Senate Leader Harry Reid faces tough re-election; http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jqfe1Eop9gdiz8X90dVvazbW3JcQD9BJ10OG0

-- NEW JERSEY: Gun Owners Ask Why Chris Christie for Governor? http://www.ammoland.com/2009/10/26/gun-owners-ask-why-chris-christie-for-governor/

-- NEW JERSEY: In New Jersey, It's an 'F' vs. a Question Mark on Guns; http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ZmRkZDhiMmU3NDY0ZTQ3ZjlkMmMyMGZiOTcyZGZmYzg=

-- WASHINGTON, D.C.: Guns Issues Stopping More Than D.C. Voting Rights; http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/Guns-Issues-Stopping-More-than-DC-Voting-Rights-65993282.html

-- MICHIGAN: Campuses center stage in weapons debate; http://www.record-eagle.com/local/local_story_298083040.html

-- CONNECTICUT: Jammed: Reforms stall on gun use, expos; http://www.gazettenet.com/2009/10/26/jammed

-- IDAHO: More arms to bear -- Various causes cited for gun-sales surge; http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2009/oct/25/more-arms-to-bear/

-- NEW YORK: Ammo Needs Focus On Baseless Fears; http://post-journal.com/page/content.detail/id/543332.html?nav=5006

-- SOUTH CAROLINA: Permit or not, no concealed guns allowed on Georgetown County school property; http://www.thesunnews.com/news/local/story/1126193.html

-- ALASKA: Super Turnout For Anchorage Second Amendment Task Force Dinner; http://www.ammoland.com/2009/10/23/super-turnout-for-anchorage-second-amendment-task-force-dinner/

-- FLORIDA: Public housing ban on guns challenged; http://www.fbnewsleader.com/articles/2009/10/22/news/00newsbanchallenged.txt