Originally Posted by GettoPhilosopher
Geoff Long cited StopSB249/Cal-FFL/CGF letters, arguments, and threats of lawsuits for the Appropriations Committee Analysis. Why? Because we're losing? No, because we won this fight and have continued to take more ground every year. The fact that the threat of a potential CGF/Cal-FFL/SAF is something the Appropriations Committee considered while discussing a potential gun control bill is downright amazing.
I wouldn't count on that being the entire reasoning that 249 was defeated. Actually it wasn't totally defeated because it only got shut down in a committee. With this being an election year, and with a ballot replete with gratuitous tax measures for the wanting legislature, many of his senate colleagues may have been encouraging him to wait until next year, after they don't have as much at stake, and after they might pick up a bigger majority in the senate, and after they no longer have to worry that people angry over gun control might just be more apt to vote no on tax increases too.
Sure they're afraid of the gun lobby, but only as an irritating component of their constituency. Not necessarily a pivotal one all the time, and not even where it concerns gun legislation only, 'cause they been a 'passin' that all the time.