SACRAMENTO, CA (September 7, 2018) — Today, Firearms Policy Coalition asked California Governor Jerry Brown to veto nine different gun control bills that would radically change the state’s already-voluminous and complex laws. The advocacy organization also requested that Gov. Brown sign one bill that would help prevent state and local agencies from abusing the Public Records Act attorney fee provisions to chill the right to access government files.
Historically, Brown signs most bills sent to him by the Legislature. But, FPC said, he does sometimes veto bills that don’t make sense to him and has rejected gun bills in the past.
FPC’s legislative advocate and spokesperson, Craig DeLuz, thinks that Brown has plenty of reasons to reject the nine gun bills they oppose.
“Some of these pieces of legislation are just headline-grabbing garbage because it’s an election year,” he said. “And Brown has vetoed some of these bills before, for good reasons. He may just put the brakes on expanding California gun laws in the last year of his last term to leave these decisions to the next governor.”
SB 1177, “just a few months ago an Education Code bill – would make it a crime to apply for the otherwise lawful purchase of a constitutionally protected firearm more than once a month. This bill is a case study of what happens when opportunistic legislators don’t have any real rules (or ethics),” FPC said in a letter.
“The sky is blue, the sun sets in the west, and SB 1177 is yet another ego and animus-driven bill to put Senator Portanino’s name in bold print on yet another bill to attack the right to keep and bear arms.”
Another letter points out that Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 221 puts people and rights he doesn’t like in the crosshairs of the state. The bill, that would ban gun shows at the Cow Palace in Daly City if signed, was a health-related bill until it was “gutted and amended” just a few months ago.
“In SB 221 the Legislature has targeted for especially unfavorable treatment those who would have the audacity to peacefully exercise their fundamental, individual rights protected under the First, Second, and Fourteenth Amendments,” FPC argued.
FPC-opposed bills that were passed by the Legislature include AB 1903, AB 1968, AB 2103, AB 2888, AB 3129, SB 221, SB 1100, SB 1177, and SB 1346.
FPC supports SB 1244, a Public Records Act bill, by Senator Bob Wieckowski.
Gun owners are encouraged to send Governor Brown a message voicing their opinion using FPC’s free Grassroots Take Action Tools at http://bit.ly/2018-ca-gov-brown.
FPC's letters to Gov. Brown can be viewed or downloaded at http://bit.ly/fpc-2018-9-7-gov-brown-letters.
Firearms Policy Coalition (www.firearmspolicy.org) is a 501(c)4 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
FPC Letters to California Governor Jerry Brown:
- FPC Sept. 7, 2018 letter requesting approval of SB 1244
- FPC Sept. 7, 2018 letter requesting veto of AB 1903
- FPC Sept. 7, 2018 letter requesting veto of AB 1968
- FPC Sept. 7, 2018 letter requesting veto of AB 2103
- FPC Sept. 7, 2018 letter requesting veto of AB 2888
- FPC Sept. 7, 2018 letter requesting veto of AB 3129
- FPC Sept. 7, 2018 letter requesting veto of SB 221
- FPC Sept. 7, 2018 letter requesting veto of SB 1100
- FPC Sept. 7, 2018 letter requesting veto of SB 1177
- FPC Sept. 7, 2018 letter requesting veto of SB 1346
- FPC Sept. 7, 2018 letter regarding SB 746
- FPC Sept. 7, 2018 letter requesting approval of SB 1421
- FPC Sept. 7, 2018 letter regarding AB 2222