California Considers 3 Prohibitive Bills for Firearm Purchasers

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The following three bills negatively affect the ability of law-abiding citizens and retailers to buy and sell firearms and ammunition in California. These bills will be delivered to Governor Schwarzenegger this week.

NSSF engaged in a prolonged battle in the California Legislature, but unfortunately on the final day of session, three anti-gun bills narrowly passed. The bills include: ammunition registration (AB 962), added retailer paperwork (SB 41) and prohibitions on firearm and ammunition sales at the Cow Palace exhibition center (SB 585).

NSSF and the California Association of Firearms Retailers (CAFR) urge all gun owners in the state to contact the governor's office and respectfully urge him to veto these anti-gun bills.

Once again, the business environment in California will become more difficult for retailers during a time when the state is in desperate need of revenue.

More information on the bills:

AB 962 -- Would require that firearms dealers and other vendors of ammunition keep a registry of all buyers of handgun ammunition. The bill would also ban all mail order and Internet sales of handgun ammunition and reloading components.

SB 41-- Would further burden firearms retailers by requiring additional paperwork and documentation on the date of delivery of all firearms to a buyer. This bill equally affects consumers of firearms as the increased dealer costs would be passed along to the purchaser.

The bill also requires dealers to sign and to obtain the signature of the buyer or other transferee of a handgun on the Department of Justice Dealers Record of Sale (DROS) form indicating that the handgun has been delivered and the date upon which the delivery was made. It would further require dealers to date and sign a form stating that the buyer of a rifle or shotgun had taken possession of the gun.

SB 585 -- Would prohibit the lawful sale of firearms and ammunition at the Cow Palace exhibition facility near San Francisco, located in Agricultural District 1-A, and would make a violation of that prohibition a crime. Its purpose is to ban gun shows at the Cow Palace and to set a precedent for the banning of all gun shows at other state-owned facilities where many sportsmen buy firearms and ammunition.

In California all firearms bought and sold at gun shows must be transferred through a federally licensed firearms retailer who is required under federal and state law to run a background check on the prospective buyer.