Here go your gun rights. SB374 just passed committee in the California State Senate. It is just flying right through the left controlled legislature in the Ca
They are unchecked and can do what they want.
SB374 will outlaw ANY semi-automatic rifle, centerfire or rimfire that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine. Even your Rugar 10-22 rifle will be illegal and you will be required to relinquish the firearm.
Call your senate representative and express yourself. Blow up their phones with calls.
SACRAMENTO -- A package of bills that would once again give California the nation's toughest gun-control laws passed a key legislative hurdle Tuesday, setting up a white-hot Capitol showdown.
The Assembly Committee on Public Safety hearing offered a preview of that battle, as dozens of gun-control advocates -- including some who have lost loved ones to violent crime -- faced off against gun-rights supporters who believe that a basic freedom is threatened.
"This entire package is not focused on trying to prohibit or limit law-abiding citizens from having guns," state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, told the committee. "It seeks to close loopholes that were never supposed to exist."
But National Rifle Association lobbyist Ed Worley scoffed at that notion.
"We're not looking at a loophole," but rather a vast expansion of government control over a constitutional right, he said.
By the hearing's end, the committee had voted along party lines to approve bills that would add all semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines to the state's list of banned assault weapons; ban owning any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds, including existing ones; ban "bullet buttons" that allow fast swapping of rifle magazines; require long-gun buyers to pass a written safety test; and add more crimes to the list of those that would bar someone from carrying a firearm. The bills, already passed by the state Senate, are moving inexorably closer to floor votes and the governor's desk.
They are doing it folks!!! Gun confiscation to follow after it completes all the steps but the left has majority so there is little to stop them.
Tuesday's votes followed similar actions Monday in the Senate Appropriations Committee, which voted to approve an Assembly bill aimed at prohibiting firearms in homes where any resident is legally barred from owning one, unless they're locked up or carried by a lawful owner.
California's gun laws -- including strict background checks and waiting periods for all gun purchases -- for decades made the state the most restrictive in the nation. But since December's massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., New York has leapfrogged ahead of the Golden State by toughening its assault weapons ban, expanding registration requirements and limiting magazines to seven rounds. Colorado's new gun laws, though not as tight as California's or New York's, have inspired a recall effort against two lawmakers.
Gun-control advocates are looking to California to restore some momentum to a movement that has stalled on the national level.
Tuesday's Assembly committee debate over Steinberg's SB374, which would ban semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines, was particularly heated.
Sitting next to Steinberg was Adrienne Egeland, who was teaching kindergarten at Stockton's Cleveland Elementary School in January 1989 when a gunman killed five children and wounded 29 more -- a shooting that inspired California's assault weapons ban. Egeland, her voice shaking, testified that the children's wounds looked like those she saw simulated during her Army basic training, "and all I had was Band-Aids."
But Worley contended that Steinberg's bill balloons the assault weapons law to include firearms that aren't even remotely of military style. Aaron Maguire, lobbyist for the California State Sheriffs' Association, called it "vastly over-inclusive of firearms that are legitimate sporting and hunting weapons." Gerald Upholt, lobbyist for the California Association of Firearms Retailers said, "You're looking at literally millions of guns" that would be affected.
Committee vice chair Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, said the debate extends far beyond the state Capitol's walls: "My gun owners are blowing up my phones, saying 'You can't let this happen.'"
"We can't ban everything," she said. "This is about personal responsibility of human beings ... not the weapons they are using."
The committee approved the bill 4-2.
Craig DeLuz, lobbyist for the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, spoke against SB683, which would extend the state's safety-certificate requirement for handguns to long guns as well. Many who buy long guns will never own a handgun, he said, so there's no reason why people should be tested for knowledge of both.
Bill author Marty Block, D-San Diego, said 80 percent of the safety test would be the same for handguns and long guns, so state staffers determined it wouldn't be cost-effective to create two different tests. The bill passed 4-0.
State Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, advocated for SB396, her bill to criminalize possession of all high-capacity magazines even if they predate the state's 2000 ban or were made with do-it-yourself kits. Such magazines "have no place in civil society," she said.
She said giving owners a year of advance notice before the ban takes effect -- as well as giving them options to sell their magazines outside California, sell them to a licensed dealer, destroy them or hand them over to police -- should be enough to sidestep any potential lawsuits challenging the ban's constitutionality.
Tom Pedersen, lobbyist for the California Rifle and Pistol Association, argued that "criminals do not follow the law," so the bill will do nothing to curb violence.
The committee approved the bill 4-2.