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Arrow 2018 CA Legislation Quick-Reference & Statuses (Updated 2/17)

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Basic Overview of the Legislative Process:
  • 2018 is the second year of the two-year 2017/18 legislative session. See this thread for the 2017 year.
  • The last day for the legislature to introduce new bills is 2/16. However, any bill can be "gutted and amended" (re-written to become something completely different) until 9/1, which is the last day committees can meet.
  • For a bill to become law, it must be passed by both legislative Houses: the 40-member Senate (27 Democrats, 13 Republicans) and the 80-member Assembly (53 Democrats, 25 Republicans, 2 vacancies).
  • In the House of the bill's origin, before it is eligible for a floor vote, gun-related bills are typically assigned to two Committees, where they can be amended, passed through, or failed.
  • Committee compositions are decided by each House's leadership shortly before the start of each two-year session.
  • Senate Committees: The 7-member Public Safety Committee "SPSC" (5 Democrats, 2 Republicans), and the 7-member Appropriations Committee "SAC" (5 Democrats, 2 Republicans).
  • Assembly Committees: The 7-member Public Safety Committee "APSC" (5 Democrats, 2 Republicans) and the 17-member Appropriations Committee "AAC" (12 Democrats, 5 Republicans).
  • If the committees pass the bill by 5/26, it goes to a House floor vote where it must be passed by 6/2.
  • "Carryover" bills (bills which neither passed nor failed in 2017) must be passed by their house of origin committees by 1/19, and their floor by 1/31, instead of the usual 5/26 and 6/2 deadlines.
  • The bill then goes to the other House, where that House's committees must pass the bill by 9/1, after which that House floor must pass the bill by 9/15.
  • If the second House amended the bill at all, then it must have a concurrence vote in the House of origin, also by 9/15.
  • Passed bills are sent to the governor, who has until 10/15 to issue a veto. If not vetoed, the bill becomes law as of the Governor's signing or 10/16 (whichever comes first), and takes effect on 1/1/2019 unless otherwise specified.
  • For a more thorough explanation of the legislative process, see this thread.
  • And finally, what can we, as individuals, do to help these bills pass or fail? Scroll to post #7 for information.

It is unwise to discuss shortcomings or potential loopholes in anti-2a bills BEFORE 10/16. It is well-known that the legislature (and/or their staff) read these forums to see what we are saying about their bills. Don't give them ideas.

There are 34 gun-related bills so far.

29 active, 0 signed, 0 inactive, 5 failed.

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13 Active Pro- & Anti-2a Bills

Pro-2a:

AB-1931 (Makes CCW permits valid for up to 5 years) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Fong (R) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Existing law allows CCW permits to be valid for up to 2 years. This bill would allow them to be valid for up to 5 years.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/5/2018 - Assigned to APSC. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-1932 (Requires DOJ to furnish CCW background checks within 60 days) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Fong (R) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Existing law requires CA DOJ to furnish background checks to a CCW issuing authority "promptly" (but not within a fixed timeframe). This bill would require DOJ to furnish the background checks within 60 days.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/5/2018 - Assigned to APSC. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-2067 (Armed guards in schools) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Gallagher (R) Coauthor(s): Brough (R), Cunningham (R), Lackey (R), Mathis (R)
  • Summary: Requires school districts to hire at least one armed security guard for each of the schools in their districts. The costs to the school districts would be reimbursed by the State.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/7/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-2526 (Gun Violence Restraining Orders: Perjury) Link to bill
  • Author(s): Rubio (D) Coauthor(s): N/A
  • Summary: Existing law allows a law enforcement officer to orally request a temporary gun violence restraining order from the courts, if time does not permit a written request. This law would require the officer to sign a statement under the penalty of perjury when requesting a TGVRO orally from the courts before the order will be issued.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/14/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-2733 (Removes handgun microstamping requirement) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Harper (R) Coauthor(s): Lackey (R)
  • Summary: Deletes the microstamping requirement for handguns to be put in the CA roster of "safe" handguns.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/15/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-2860 (Repeals the Safe Handgun Roster laws) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Allen (R) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Repeals all of the CA laws regarding the roster of "safe" handguns.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/16/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

SB-746 (Authorizes firearm transfer to FFL for those w/ arrest warrants) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Portantino (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: A gutted-and-amended bill from 2017, which was previously a bill about student physical examinations. Last year, those with certain outstanding arrest warrants became prohibited persons, requiring those people to relinquish their firearms. This bill would allow those people to transfer their firearms to an FFL, to avoid confiscation.
  • Senate Vote History: SPSC (7-0), Senate (39-0, 97%) Assembly Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 1/30/2018 - Passed by Senate Floor, bill now in Assembly. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 9/1/2018.

SB-1092 (Legalize suppressor possession, and their use on 16"+ barrels) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Anderson (R) Coauthor(s): Berryhill (R), Stone (R), Bigelow (R), Gallagher (R), Lackey (R)
  • Summary: Legalizes suppressor possession, unless installed on a barrel shorter than 16". Allows their use while hunting.
  • Senate Vote History: N/A Assembly Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/13/2018 - Bill introduced Next deadline: Must pass Senate committees by 5/26.

SB-1382 (Firearms: Vehicle storage) Link to bill
  • Author(s): Vidak (R) Coauthor(s): Gaines (R), Gallagher (R), Mathis (R)
  • Summary: Would allow locking a handgun in a fully enclosed container that is permanently affixed to the bed of a pickup truck or vehicle that does not contain a trunk, and is locked by a padlock, keylock, combination lock, or other similar locking device.
  • Senate Vote History: N/A Assembly Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/16/2018 - Bill introduced Next deadline: Must pass Senate committees by 5/26.


Anti-2a:

AB-736 (Fines for FFL violations) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Gipson (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Authorizes the Department of Justice or local authorities to impose a civil fine for a violation of certain (existing) firearms licensing requirements committed by a licensed firearms dealer. Carryover bill from 2017.
  • Assembly Vote History: APSC (5-2), AAC (12-5), Assembly (49-29, 61%) Senate Vote History: SPSC (5-2)
  • Status: 8/31/2017 - Held in SAC. Deadline for 2017 committee passage lapsed on 8/31/2017. Next deadline: Must pass Senate committees by 8/31/2018.

AB-1903 (Gun buyback gift cards can't be for gun stores) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Fletcher (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Prohibits a government-run gun buyback program from issuing gift cards for retailers who hold a CA license to sell firearms.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 1/22/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-1968 (Expanded 'mental health' gun bans) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Low (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: This bill ban gun ownership for life, for any person who has been taken into custody, assessed, and admitted to a designated facility because he or she is a danger to himself, herself, or others, as a result of a mental health disorder two or more times in any 5-year period. Additionally, instead of being able to request a hearing to reinstate your gun rights immediately, the person would need to wait a minimum of 6 months.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 1/31/2018 - Bill introduced. May be heard in committee on or after 3/3. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

SB-459 (Requires DOJ inspections of FFLs every 3 years) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Portantino (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Another Portantino gutted-and-amended bill from 2017, which was previously a bill about billboards in the city of Upland. According to current law, CA DOJ can inspect any FFL it wants, any time it wants. This bill would require them to do so a minimum of once every 3 years.
  • Senate Vote History: SPSC (5-2), SAC (5-2), Senate (24-14, 60%) Assembly Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 1/30/2018 - Passed by Senate, now on to Assembly. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 9/1/2018.

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16 Active 2a-Neutral / Undetermined Bills


2a-neutral / Undetermined:

AB-721 (Allow DA offices to have SBRs and SBSs) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Bigelow (R) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Adds district attorney’s offices and peace officer members of these offices to the specified entities and persons authorized to purchase and possess short-barreled rifles and short-barreled shotguns. Carryover bill from 2017.
  • Assembly Vote History: APSC (5-1), AAC (not involved), Assembly (66-4, 83%) Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 8/31/2017 - SAC hearing canceled by the author. Deadline for 2017 committee passage lapsed on 8/31/2017. Next deadline: Must pass Senate committees by 8/31/2018.

With Urgency: AB-1192 (Retired reserve LE: magazine ban exemption) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Lackey (R) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Adds retired reserve officers to the list of exemptions to the Prop 63 large-capacity magazine ban. "Urgency clause" would cause bill to take effect immediately upon signing by the Governor, if it passes both Houses with a 2/3 vote. Carryover bill from 2017. This bill probably stalled because of the Duncan v. Becerra LCM ban injunction, as incidentally the committee hearings were cancelled around the same time.
  • Assembly Vote History: APSC (7-0), AAC (not involved), Assembly (70-1, 88%) Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 8/31/2017 - SPSC hearing canceled by the author. Deadline for 2017 committee passage lapsed on 8/31/2017. Next deadline: Must pass Senate committees by 8/31/2018.

AB-1872 (Handgun roster exemptions for port/harbor police) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Voepel (R) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Adds a "safe handgun roster" exemption for sales to a harbor or port district for use by specified employees, a harbor or port police department, or a harbor or port police officer.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 1/16/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-1927 (Allows a person to add themselves to the "do not sell" list) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Bonta (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Allows someone to voluntarily add themselves to the CA "do not sell" list for firearms, and also allows people to petition the courts to have themselves removed from it, and requires the court to order the removal if they determine there is "sufficient evidence" that they are no longer a suicide risk.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/5/2018 - Assigned to APSC. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-1958 (Allows licensed CA silencer sellers to sell to authorized out-of-state buyers) Link to bill
  • Author(s): Quirk-Silva (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Existing law allows licensed CA silencer (suppressor) manufacturers and dealers to sell to law enforcement agencies and military. This bill would additionally allow them to sell to anyone in other states or countries who is allowed to receive them. It's basically the same as Last year's AB-1471 (authored by 2 Republicans) which died in committee 2 weeks before this bill's introduction.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 1/30/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-2103 (CCW Training requirements) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Gloria (D) Coauthor(s): Gonzalez Fletcher (D)
  • Summary: Requires courses for new CCW permits to be 8-16 hours (existing law says "not more than 16 hours" but does not stipulate a minimum), and to include instruction on firearm handling and shooting technique, a demonstration by the applicant of shooting proficiency and safe handling of each firearm the applicant will be licensed to carry, and live-fire exercises conducted on a firing range. Additionally, requires renewal courses to include the same safe-handling and live-fire requirements. Most (perhaps all) issuing agencies already have all of these requirements.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/8/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-2176 (Firearm temporary custody receipts & minors using tear gas) Link to bill
  • Author(s): Jones-Sawyer (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Requires LE to include owner's name and mailing address on the firearm recovery receipt when taking temporary custody of a firearm. Also makes a parent civily liable for misuse of tear gas by a minor (16 or older) whom the parent let use the tear gas.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/12/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-2213 (Ammunition sales) Link to bill
  • Author(s): Cooley (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Makes a non-substantive change to the Prop 63 laws. This bill is probably meant as a placeholder for some kind of ammo purchasing bill that Cooley is cooking up.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/12/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-2318 (Gun-Free School Zones) Link to bill
  • Author(s): Flora (R) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Makes a non-substantive change to the Gun Free School Zone law. This bill is probably meant as a placeholder.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/13/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-2382 (Prohibited Persons) Link to bill
  • Author(s): Gipson (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Makes a non-substantive change to the Prohibited Persons law. This bill is probably meant as a placeholder.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/14/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-2817 (Prohibited Persons) Link to bill
  • Author(s): Santiago (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Exempts firearm transfers from needing to go through an FFL when the purpose is suicide prevention. The gun must stay locked and the person receiving it cannot use it.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/16/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-3026 (Firearms) Link to bill
  • Author(s): Melendez (R) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Placeholder for firearms legislation. Melendez is Pro-2a, she authored a "shall issue ccw" bill last year.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/16/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

AB-3064 (Felon in possession of firearm) Link to bill
  • Author(s): Baker (R) Coauthor(s): Burke (D), Cunningham (R), Lackey (R), Glazer (D)
  • Summary: Imposes stricter sentences for repeat offenders of the felon in possession law. Bipartisan bill.
  • Assembly Vote History: N/A Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/16/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Assembly committees by 5/26.

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SB-1185 (Agency firearm accounting) Link to bill
  • Author(s): Hill (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Requires law enforcement agencies to adopt a written procedure to account for firearms that are owned, acquired, maintained, sold, loaned, lost, stolen, or in any way possessed by that agency or by an employee of that agency if used or carried for purposes of carrying out the official duties of his or her employment. Basically the same as 2017's SB-22 that failed in committee.
  • Senate Vote History: N/A Assembly Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/15/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Senate committees by 5/26.

SB-1346 (Bumpfire stocks) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Jackson (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Specifically adds "bump fire stocks" to the list of banned multiburst trigger activators. All such devices are already illegal in CA, so this bill is redundant.
  • Senate Vote History: N/A Assembly Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/16/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Senate committees by 5/26.

SB-1200 (Firearms) Link to bill
  • Author(s): Skinner (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Placeholder bill, intended to be something pertaining to firearms. Authored by an anti-2a Senator.
  • Senate Vote History: N/A Assembly Vote History: N/A
  • Status: 2/15/2018 - Bill introduced. Next deadline: Must pass Senate committees by 5/26.

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0 Bills That Have Become Law
(Signed, or not vetoed, by the Governor before 10/16/2018)

Pro-2a:

(none yet)


Anti-2a:

(none yet)


2a-neutral / Undetermined:

(none yet)



0 Inactive Bills
(Failed Vote w/ Reconsideration Granted)
These bills might still be reconsidered at any time before the next deadline lapses.

Pro-2a:

(none yet)


Anti-2a:

(none yet)


2a-neutral / Undetermined:

(none yet)

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5 Dead Bills
(Gutted, Lapsed Deadline, Failed Vote With No Reconsideration, or Vetoed by Governor)
These bills are effectively no longer of any Second Amendment concern.

Pro-2a:

AB-757 (Shall-Issue CCWs) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Melendez (R) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Requires counties to issue CCW permits with a "self defense" good cause statement. Carryover bill from 2017.
  • Assembly Vote History: APSC (2-5) Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Outcome: 1/19/2018 - Never was re-heard in committee before deadline.

AB-1394 (Shall-Issue CCWs & deletion of prohibited places) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Allen (R) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Another bill which would require counties to issue CCW permits. Also would allow a CCW holder to carry anywhere in the state, except places prohibited federally - no more local bans on CCW. Carryover bill from 2017.
  • Assembly Vote History: APSC (1-5-1) Senate Vote History: N/A
  • Outcome: 1/9/2018 - Failed in APSC, 1-5, which officially kills the bill.

SB-299 (Expanded intrafamilial transfers) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Mendoza (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Adds "siblings" and "grandchild related by consanguinity, adoption, or steprelation" to the list of qualified relationships for intra-familial transfers. Also exempts firearm loans to peace officers from certain crimes. Carryover bill from 2017.
  • Senate Vote History: SPSC (5-1) Assembly Vote History: N/A
  • Outcome: 1/19/2017 - Never was re-heard in committee before deadline.

SB-710 (Legalizes silencers, allows their use while hunting) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Anderson (R) Coauthor(s): Berryhill (R) , Bigelow (R) , Fuller (R) , Gaines (R) , Mathis (R) , Nielsen (R) , Stone (R)
  • Summary: Deletes felony prohibition of possession of silencer. Allows use when used in lawful hunting. Carryover bill from 2017.
  • Senate Vote History: SPSC (3-2) Assembly Vote History: N/A
  • Outcome: 1/9/2018 - Failed passage in SPSC (3 'ayes' out of 7 members, this bill almost passed SPSC!)


Anti-2a:

(none yet)


2a-neutral / Undetermined:

SB-22 (Agency firearm accounting) Link to bill | Calguns discussion
  • Author(s): Hill (D) Coauthor(s): n/a
  • Summary: Requires law enforcement agencies to adopt a written procedure to account for firearms that are owned, acquired, maintained, sold, loaned, lost, stolen, or in any way possessed by that agency or by an employee of that agency if used or carried for purposes of carrying out the official duties of his or her employment. Carryover bill from 2017.
  • Senate Vote History: SPSC (7-0) Assembly Vote History: N/A
  • Outcome: 1/19/2017 - Never was re-heard in committee before deadline.

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What can we do?

It's easy to forget that the legislature is NOT a blind and deaf, self-governing entity. They were hired by us, and they work for us. They get their ideas for bills from people like you and me, and they hear input from their constituents before they vote. Re-election is nearly always priority #1, and if they are facing overwhelming opposition to their ideas or votes, they will change if they want to keep their jobs.

If you want to make your voice be heard, the "what, where, who, and how" all depend on where a particular bill currently stands - making the wrong move at the wrong time or to the wrong people will cause your argument to fall on deaf ears. For example, contacting a Senator about a bill that is in the Assembly would be a misuse of both your and their time. As would contacting the Governor about a bill that is still in policy committee, and so on. The below guide will hopefully help clear up some confusion about this.


Proposing an idea for a new bill.

This can be done year-round, but it is perhaps most effective to propose bill ideas during the time between legislative sessions, which is roughly Mid-September to New Year's Day. February 16th is the deadline for a legislator to introduce a new bill for that year.

If you do not know who your local Senator and Assembly member are, you can quickly find them here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/.

Carefully craft your idea for the bill into a friendly and brief letter, including supporting arguments, and send it to your Senator and/or Assembly member. It may even be worth trying to schedule a phone call or face-to-face meeting with your representative to discuss your idea. You do not need to worry about the precise language for your bill idea - your representative is a lawmaker, so that part is their job.

With a little luck, hopefully your representative likes your idea and introduces a bill for it. If they don't, then thank them for their time and move on, don't harass them about it. They can only introduce so many bills per session, and yours may not have fit into their overall legislative plan for the year.

If your representative has little or no interest in protecting gun rights, then you may want to submit your ideas to Representatives from other districts whose views more closely align with your own.


Voicing your support/concern while the bill is in Policy Committee.

After a bill is introduced, it is assigned to one or more "Policy Committees", often the Public Safety Committee or the Appropriations Committee. In the case of Firearm bills, it is usually both. Before the House floor can hold a vote, the bill must be passed by all committees to which it has been assigned, so NOW is the time to contact the committee members.

Policy Committee hearing are public events that you can attend in person, to voice your support or concerns. Look at each bill's status page on the Legislature website to find out when and where the next committee hearing for the bill is scheduled (be aware that they often don't have time to discuss every scheduled bill on a given day, so it might get pushed to another day).

You may also, of course, contact the Committee members directly.

If the bill is in Senate committee, you can find the 7 members of the Appropriations committee here, and the 7 members of the Public Safety Committee here.

If the bill is in Assembly committee, you can find the 17 members of the Appropriations committee here, and the 7 members of the Public Safety Committee here.

It is perhaps worth learning about each of the Committee members before contacting them, as some of them may simply be not worth the effort. Senator Scott Wiener, for example, resides on both Senate committees, and is a complete waste of time to contact - he has already voted by the time he's finished reading the title of the bill. Time is best spent focusing on members who might be receptive to a good argument.

Committees can amend bills as well, so feel free to propose any ideas for amendments that you may have.


Voicing your support/concern to the origin House floor.

If the bill is passed by all of the committees it was assigned to, then NOW is the time to contact your district's Senator (if the bill is in the Senate) or Assembly member (if the bill is in the Assembly), if you haven't already. Time is of the essence here - by the time a bill passes committee, a floor vote could happen as early as later in the same afternoon. If you do not know who your local Senator and Assembly member are, you can quickly find them here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/. Tell them why you want them to vote one way or the other.


Voicing your support/concern to the second House policy committees & floor.

If the bill passed the first House, then remember that it still needs to go through the whole process again in the second House, so keep contacting the appropriate House members.

If the second House amends the bill at all, and then passes it, then it must go back to the first House again, for a Concurrence vote - prior to which, you can contact the first houses's member, yet again, to voice your support/concern about the bill and/or its amendments.


Voicing your support/concern to the Governor.

If both Houses pass the bill, then it heads to the Governor's desk where he has until 10/15 to either sign it, veto it, or let it go into law without his signature. Now is the time to contact the Governor about the bill. His contact information can be found here.


A final note.

Be polite and courteous when you contact Representatives or the Governor. Whether they are Democrat or Republican should not affect what you say to them. Before you submit your letter or place your call to a Democratic representative, first ask yourself if you would change anything you say if they were a Republican. If the answer is "Yes", then you should revise your message.

Nobody likes to be yelled at, belittled, insulted, or harassed. YOU wouldn't be receptive to that, and neither will they. Courtesy goes a long way.

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Just a friendly reminder, 2/16 is the last day that new bills can be introduced, but all active bills can be substantially amended at any time before 9/1. This includes "gut-and-amends" (taking a non-gun-related bill and turning it into one). Our CA legislature frequently plays that trick in order to bypass the established deadlines. The Governor has a chance to sign or veto until 10/15.

Translation: DO NOT discuss shortcomings, potential loopholes, etc., in ANY anti-2a bills until after 10/15.

It is well-known that the information posted in these forums often gets back to the legislature, and it absolutely can affect (and probably has affected) the content of anti-2a bills in ways that hurt us.

In the case of any bills for which agency regulations will need to be written after the law passes, please also continue to avoid discussions of loopholes, shortcomings, etc., until after those regulations are published.

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HUGE new bill introduced in the Senate yesterday!

SB-1092 (Legalize suppressors on 16"+ barrels) - Legalizes suppressor possession, unless installed on a barrel shorter than 16". Allows their use while hunting.

Also, Flora (R) introduced AB-2318 in the Assembly yesterday, probably meant to be a placeholder for a law pertaining to Gun-Free School Zones.

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Two more bills introduced Yesterday.

AB-2526 (Gun Violence Restraining Orders: Perjury) - Authored by Rubio (D). Existing law allows a law enforcement officer to orally request a temporary gun violence restraining order from the courts, if time does not permit a written request. This law would require the officer to sign a statement under the penalty of perjury when requesting a TGVRO orally from the courts before the order will be issued. Given that GVRO's are already a thing, this bill seems like a good measure to help prevent their abuse.

AB-2382 (Prohibited Persons) - Makes a non-substantive change to the Prohibited Persons law. This bill is probably meant as a placeholder. Authored by Gipson (D), who authored a pair of anti-2a bills last year, including the expanded open-carry ban which was signed into law. Definitely one to keep an eye on.

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Three bills introduced yesterday.

AB-2733 (Removes handgun microstamping requirement) - Speaks for itself!

SB-1185 (Agency firearm accounting) - Basically the same bill as 2017 SB-22, which died in committee a few weeks ago.

SB-1200 (Firearms) - Just a placeholder for now, the author intends for this to be a (probably anti) gun-related bill.

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Yesterday was the last day to introduce new bills for 2018, and it was a VERY busy day indeed. Here's what was introduced:

AB-2817 (Prohibited Persons) - Exempts firearm transfers from needing to go through an FFL when the purpose is suicide prevention. The gun must stay locked and the person receiving it cannot use it. Authored by Santiago, who hates guns. But this bill seems ok on the surface.

SB-1346 (Bumpfire stocks) - Specifically adds "bump fire stocks" to the list of banned multiburst trigger activators. All such devices are already illegal in CA, so this bill is redundant.

AB-3026 (Firearms) - Placeholder for firearms legislation. Melendez is Pro-2a, she authored a "shall issue ccw" bill last year.

AB-3064 (Felon in possession of firearm) - Imposes stricter sentences for repeat offenders of the felon in possession law. Bipartisan bill, authored by Baker who is a Republican that hates guns, but this bill doesn't seem too bad.

SB-1382 (Firearms: Vehicle storage) - Would allow locking a handgun in a fully enclosed container that is permanently affixed to the bed of a pickup truck or vehicle that does not contain a trunk, and is locked by a padlock, keylock, combination lock, or other similar locking device.

AB-2860 (Repeals the Safe Handgun Roster laws) - Repeals all of the CA laws regarding the roster of "safe" handguns. Authored by Travis Allen, who is one of the leading Republican candidates for Governor this year.
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