Senate Bill 427, ammunition sales registration extension legislation, introduced by Senator De León, would force licensed state ammunition retailers to obtain a special local license to operate in municipalities. These retailers would also be required to notify local law enforcement before conducting business within their jurisdiction. SB 427 was recently amended with provisions that would require the registration of RIFLE ammunition. SB 427 passed in the state Senate by a 22 to 14 vote. This bill is an attempt to overturn the NRA court victory earlier this year which ruled that the handgun ammunition sales registration law (AB 962 in 2010) unconstitutional and stopped this law from being enforced. Anti-gun activists are determined to take away gun ownership piece by piece and this bill targets ammunition.
Senate Bill 798, air gun, airsoft and BB gun sales ban legislation, also introduced by Senator De León, would treat air guns and BB guns the same as a toy gun by requiring the entire exterior surface of the device to be white, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, bright green, bright blue, bright pink, or bright purple as the predominate color. Air gun and BB guns are not toys and should not be treated as or manufactured like a toy. SB 798 would include the complete exterior of an airsoft gun also be colored. Airsoft guns are already classified as toys/imitation firearms and are regulated under federal law to have an orange tip. SB 798 does not stop there, it would also place a civil fine on the sale, manufacture, transportation, receipt, or distribution of imitation firearms for commercial purposes. Ultimately, SB 798 will ban the sale of all air guns, BB guns and airsoft guns unless the manufacturer is willing to take on the extra expense of complying with California’s (the only state) new law, if enacted into law. SB 798 passed in the Senate by 21 to 16 vote.
Senate Bill 819, further background check fund raid legislation, introduced by F-rated state Senator Mark Leno (D-3), would allow Dealer Record of Sales (DROS) funds to go to the Department of Justice to help pay for the enforcement of California firearm possession laws. The DROS fund monies were originally collected from every firearm purchaser to pay for the administrative process for background checks. However, these funds have been raided to help the Department of Justice pay their bills. As a result, the DROS fund will certainly run out of money. When it does, what will be their answer to this problem – another increase in the fees for background checks. SB 819 passed in the state Senate by a 22 to 16 vote.