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California Gun Owners, Beware

Newly Amended Legislation Significantly Expands “Assault Weapon” Ban

As previously discussed here, gun-control advocates wasted no time in exploiting recent crimes in Aurora, CO and Oak Park, WI to push for more restrictions on law-abiding citizens’ firearm ownership.

The latest example comes from California. Senate Bill 249 was introduced last year as an agriculture bill, but was amended to ban so-called “assault weapon” conversion kits. However, SB 249 was further amended on August 7, 2012, re-directing the legislation into an expansion of the state’s so-called “assault weapon” ban.

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State Senator Leland Yee (D-8) authored the August 7 amendment to Senate Bill 249, broadening the description of so-called “assault weapons” by re-defining “detachable magazine” to mean “any ammunition feeding device that can be removed from the firearm without disassembly of the firearm action, and to include a magazine that may be detached from the firearm by depressing a button on the firearm either with the finger or by use of a tool or a bullet”.

Senator Yee’s amendment effectively bans tens of thousands of legally purchased semi-automatic firearms by bringing them under an ever-broadening classification of “assault weapons”.

Senator Yee’s amendment includes no requirement to notify the public of the policy change, thousands of lawful California firearm owners into criminals without notice.

SB 249 sits in the Assembly on Appropriations. California firearm owners should contact the committee and express opposition to the bill. Contact information to the Committee on Appropriations can be found here.

Ashley Varner
Director of Public Affairs
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FIND GUN LAWS BY STATE

Table of Contents

About the author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bryan L. Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD,... Read More