View Full Version : Gun Owners of California - good group?
02-26-2006, 12:37 PM
I'm a member of the NRA, GOA, and CRPA, and I get regular mailings from the GOC - Gun Owners of California - asking for my membership.
I haven't been able to find a lot about their effectiveness, compared to the other groups.
Does anyone have info on whether they're strong contributors to the California gun rights fight?
GOC is just the state affiliate of GOA. I believe they were the central group in opposing that bill that would ban gun shows at the Cow Palace several years ago. One of their founders, forgot his name, is a retired state rep who wrote the law preventing local cities and counties from regulating firearms different from state laws. This state law is the reason Prop H in San Francisco is illegal.
02-26-2006, 7:19 PM
yes sir. they will make fights the NRA won't or can't.
02-26-2006, 11:06 PM
Yep, they've fought the good fight in CA for decades. As memory serves, I first heard about the GOC in the late 1970s. They were had a "take-no-prisoners" stand against gun control when the NRA was acting castrated. H.L. "Wild Bill" Richardson, who served in the CA senate for something like 20+ yrs, started the GOC and later took it national when he started the GOA (the GOC remains a separate org).
FYI: H.L.'s classic book on the inside workings of a state legislature (it ain't pretty) is back in print: http://homepage.mac.com/rev710/index.html
02-27-2006, 5:36 AM
They defended a local gun shop owner here in VA after ATF thugs broke his glass up, and confiscated a personel display of early 1800's pistols...because they weren't properly serialized and on display in a gun store. This was during the Clinton administration. GOA supposedly provided legal help.
H.L. "Wild Bill" Richardson, who served in the CA senate for something like 20+ yrs, started the GOC and later took it national when he started the GOA (the GOC remains a separate org).
That's the guy. H.L. Richardson. Thanks to him, Prop H in San Francisco is illegal.
02-27-2006, 10:03 PM
Thanks for the good info. I am now a new member of the GOC. Currently a life member for the GOA, NRA, and CRPA.
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