SACRAMENTO, CA (April 6, 2018) — Firearms Policy Coalition today announced that it had acquired new “mock-up” language for California Assembly Bill 2382 (AB 2382), currently a bill authored by Asm. Mike Gipson (D - Carson) to expand the definition of “firearm” and “receiver,” that would enact a radical and far-reaching new regulatory scheme by treating non-firearm parts, components, and even some raw materials in a virtually-identical manner as Gavin Newsom's Proposition 63 and Senator Kevin de Leon's SB 1235 (2016) did with ammunition. FPC called the broad reach and implications of the disturbing amendments “staggering.”
“The State of California’s non-stop barrage of attacks on gun owners and our rights appears to have no end in sight,” said FPC Legislative Advocate and Spokesperson Craig DeLuz. “It is deeply troubling that our state government sees law-abiding residents as the enemy. One thing is for certain, if the Legislature and the Department of Justice continue to pass and enforce more and more oppressive laws, they will get the exact opposite of what they say they want.”
The proposed bill text, likely to be adopted soon, would create an entirely new class of highly-regulated items called “firearm precursor parts” that would include barrels, ammunition feeding devices (including magazines for semi-automatic firearms and “speed loaders” for revolvers), “unfinished receivers,” molded or shaped polymer frames or receivers, metallic castings, metallic forgings, receiver “flats” such as Kalashnikov style weapon systems, Browning-style receiver side plates, Kalashnikov style receiver “channels”, finished upper receivers for AR-15 and AR-10 style firearms, unfinished handgun frames, finished slides that are used to enclose handgun barrels, and trigger pack or fire control groups for Heckler and Koch or FN FAL style firearms.
Purchasing regulated gun parts would generally require face-to-face transactions and background checks, subject these items to new age restrictions, mandate DOJ licenses for dealers to sell "firearm precursor parts" and new storage and handling requirements for sellers. As with ammunition, online purchases and importation from other states would generally be prohibited.
To help combat this outrageous bill FPC has established Take Action Grassroots Tools at StopAB2382.com, where gun owners can learn more about and weigh in on the bill by electronically sending a letter to legislators. AB 2382 is currently scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, April 17th.
FPC noted that their legislative team is already working on over three dozen bills in the Golden State alone this year. With the likely changes to AB 2382, they have dubbed this year’s firearms-related legislative package “Gunpocalypse 2”.
“Eventually, law-abiding people will be forced into making hard choices to escape the oppression, including non-compliance, or leaving and taking their tax dollars and businesses with them. Sadly, the California government really does hate civil rights and its own people,” concluded DeLuz.
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.