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California: OPPOSE AB 61, AB 879, SB 61 and SB 172


On Wednesday, September 4, the California State Senate passed both AB 61, which will expand California's GVRO laws to include additional reporters and AB 879 which will require background checks on "precursor" firearm parts. Both bills which were previously amended must go back to the Assembly for a concurrence vote before heading to the Governor's desk. 

Contact your state Assembly Member and urge him/her to oppose AB 61 and AB 879 when they come up for a concurrence vote, as well as SB 61 and SB 172, which are eligible for a floor vote.

Assembly Bill 61, sponsored by Assembly Member Philip Ting (D-19), would expand the list of those eligible to file “gun violence restraining orders” beyond the currently authorized petitioners, which include immediate family and law enforcement.  The new list is expanded to employers, coworkers and employees of a secondary or postsecondary school that the person has attended in the last 6 months.  GVRO’s can remove a person’s Second Amendment rights, not based on criminal convictions or mental health adjudications, but based on third party allegations often without due process until weeks after a person’s rights have been suspended.​   

Assembly Bill 879, sponsored by Assembly Member Mike Gipson (D-64), would require precursor firearms parts to be sold/transferred through a licensed precursor parts dealer in a similar process to the new laws regarding ammunition purchases. It would further create a registry of these parts and a new crime for transfer of precursor parts without the involvement of a licensed precursor parts dealer to anyone under 21 years of age or prohibited from owning firearms. Precursor parts include items such as unfinished frames and receivers.  

Senate Bill 61, sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25), as amended would expand California’s existing one handgun a month law to also apply to handguns or centerfire semi-automatic rifles, absent limited exceptions. Further the bill expands the under 21 prohibition on the acquisition of long guns absent a valid hunting license, to prohibit the sale of centefire semi-automatic rifles except to those under 21 who are members of law enforcement or active duty military.  

Senate Bill 172, sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25), would expand California's existing storage laws and includes harsh penalties for non-compliance which include a 10 year ban on firearm ownership for violation of firearm storage laws. ​

California: OPPOSE AB 61, AB 879, SB 61 and SB 172


On Wednesday, September 4, the California State Senate passed both AB 61, which will expand California's GVRO laws to include additional reporters and AB 879 which will require background checks on "precursor" firearm parts. Both bills which were previously amended must go back to the Assembly for a concurrence vote before heading to the Governor's desk. 

Contact your state Assembly Member and urge him/her to oppose AB 61 and AB 879 when they come up for a concurrence vote, as well as SB 61 and SB 172, which are eligible for a floor vote.

Assembly Bill 61, sponsored by Assembly Member Philip Ting (D-19), would expand the list of those eligible to file “gun violence restraining orders” beyond the currently authorized petitioners, which include immediate family and law enforcement.  The new list is expanded to employers, coworkers and employees of a secondary or postsecondary school that the person has attended in the last 6 months.  GVRO’s can remove a person’s Second Amendment rights, not based on criminal convictions or mental health adjudications, but based on third party allegations often without due process until weeks after a person’s rights have been suspended.​   

Assembly Bill 879, sponsored by Assembly Member Mike Gipson (D-64), would require precursor firearms parts to be sold/transferred through a licensed precursor parts dealer in a similar process to the new laws regarding ammunition purchases. It would further create a registry of these parts and a new crime for transfer of precursor parts without the involvement of a licensed precursor parts dealer to anyone under 21 years of age or prohibited from owning firearms. Precursor parts include items such as unfinished frames and receivers.  

Senate Bill 61, sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25), as amended would expand California’s existing one handgun a month law to also apply to handguns or centerfire semi-automatic rifles, absent limited exceptions. Further the bill expands the under 21 prohibition on the acquisition of long guns absent a valid hunting license, to prohibit the sale of centefire semi-automatic rifles except to those under 21 who are members of law enforcement or active duty military.  

Senate Bill 172, sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25), would expand California's existing storage laws and includes harsh penalties for non-compliance which include a 10 year ban on firearm ownership for violation of firearm storage laws. ​