With more than 15 gun control bills pending in California and a Democratic supermajority, California’s gun rights organizations have had to find new ways to educate lawmakers about the civil rights aspect of gun control and to inform the public of the looming legislation.
Some of the changes Californians will be subjected to should these bills pass and be signed by Governor Jerry Brown are:
- Existing “Assault Weapon” laws will be broadened by redefining the word “Shotgun”
- Expanded list of “prohibited persons”
- Ban/forced registration of nearly semi-automatic rifle
- Background check and pre-approval to purchase ammunition
- All ammunition must be purchased at a limited list of state-approved ammunition vendors
- Required reporting of ammunition purchases (over 3,000 rounds in a 5-day period) to local law enforcement
- Creation of a new CA-DOJ database to track gun owner and caliber information
CAL-FFL has joined with California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (District 33 - Hesperia) to screen the Second Amendment documentary Assaulted inside the Capitol Wednesday for legislators and staffers. The film, recently released by Dead Patriot Films, is narrated by rapper Ice-T and offers a historical and legal perspective on the Second Amendment’s significance over the years since America’s founding, and takes a critical and objective look at current gun laws and their effect on civil rights and liberty.
“The opportunity to educate the members of the California Legislature and their staff about the civil rights aspect of the gun control bills they’re working to pass as we speak is just tremendous,” said Brandon Combs, President of CAL-FFL and Managing Director of the national Firearms Policy Coalition. “We hope that all public officials and senior staff of agencies like DOJ will watch the film and give real thought to the arguments made regardless of their personal views. When lawmakers make mistakes writing gun laws innocent people go to jail, period. Getting caught in the dangerous, confusing, and expanding gun control spider web is not a very pleasant future for millions of law-abiding California gun owners, visitors, and local businesses.”
To bring the message to the masses, Firearms Policy Coalition, which is comprised of several state-based gun rights organizations, sponsored a billboard at a suburban Sacramento shopping mall:
FPC hopes to sponsor billboards throughout the Golden State and reach millions of Californians who would otherwise be unaware of the pending assault on their civil liberties.