As we all know, California is needlessly restrictive of firearms. Despite the second amendment, California lawmakers have passed several bills through the legislature this week. All that is left is for Governor Jerry Brown to sign these bills. In fact if he just ignores them from two weeks they will automatically become law because California has no pocket veto law.
Here is the list of new laws:
This bill would make it a misdemeanor to openly carry an unloaded handgun in most public places. It would establish an exemption to the offense for transportation of a firearm between certain areas where the firearm may be carried concealed, or loaded, or openly carried unloaded, as specified. Existing law, subject to certain exceptions, makes it an offense to carry a loaded firearm on the person or in a vehicle while in any public place or on any public street in an incorporated city or in any public place or on any public street in a prohibited area of unincorporated territory.
This bill would conform those provisions so that the transfers and information reporting and retention requirements for handguns and firearms other than handguns are the same. This bill would provide that those exemptions become inoperative on July 1, 2013.
Existing law defines handgun ammunition as ammunition principally for use in pistols and revolvers. This bill would among other things delete the phrase "principally” from that definition and would expand the definition to include most rifle cartridges.
This law would allow the state Department of Justice (DOJ) to raid the DROS and take "excess" money to pay for local enforcement of laws related to firearms possession. The primary purpose of the DROS fee paid by every firearms purchaser is to fund the purchaser background checks performed by the Department of Justice. DROS fund fees are a fee for service and should be used for their intended purpose: background checks. The concern is that the DROS fund will be depleted and soon require an increased DROS fee for all firearms purchasers.
Anyone who is a Californian needs to email the Governor and tell him to veto these bills! Immediate action is required!!
Here is his contact link: