AB 1663, a bill introduced by Assemblyman Curt Hagman, specifically to repeal AB 962, the ammunition restrictions bill signed into law last year, (bill here) will be heard this coming Tuesday, March 23, in the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
The biggest impact of AB962 is the financial burden now placed on legal sports hunters and shooters, by virtue of the fact that they can now no-longer purchase ammunition from discount suppliers that are out of Sate. This has already driven the price of ammunition in the Bay Area and in California in general up much higher. Two years ago squirrel/rabbit hunter could buy 500 rounds of rimfire .22 long rifle ammunition from WalMart, K-Mart and other for about $14, today the same ammunition costs more like $25 . The same is true for every other caliber of ammunition that we hunt with, and in parts of California has been compounded by the non lead use in the Condor Protection area. Hunters are all for the protection of Condors and are unhappy but willing to make adjustments to accommodate the protection. Two years ago one could buy 20 rounds ammunition for a 7mm Magnum rifle for about $17, today for the same rifle in the condor protection area the same number of rounds of non-lead ammunition costs $56.
There is an additional financial burden imposed upon ammunition sales outlets in that they will have to take thumb prints of everyone purchasing ammunition, this adds more labor to the costs of each sale. It requires the storage of said prints, and will impact local police authorities, although AB962 states the the State of california will reimburse the local authorities, but how? The State cannot even pay it’s current employees, with entire Departments having to take Two Fridays off a month without pay just in an attempt to meet the existing budget. Where are the funds coming from to pay for all the additional work for Law enforcement?
Please contact the members of the Committee and ask them to approve this bill. (Contact information follows below.)
Also, it would be extremely helpful if you can attend the hearing in Sacramento.
The bill will be heard on Tuesday, March 23, at 09:00 Am. in the State Capitol Building, Sacramento. The capitol is located on 10th Street between N and L Streets in downtown Sacramento.
We need to pack the Committee hearing room. If you can make it, please be there!
AB 1663 (Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills) Ammunition Restrictions Repeal. This bill would repeal the onerous ammunition sales registration requirements put in place by Assembly Bill 962. AB 962, signed into law last year, requires that ammunition buyers be fingerprinted and registered at the time of sale and requires dealers to maintain these records indefinitely and make them available for inspection by the California Department of Justice. It also bans Internet and mail order ammunition purchases.
1. Please call, fax and email the Assembly Public Safety Committee members and request that they vote YES on AB 1663. Their names and contact information are listed below.
2. Please attend the meeting in Sacramento. Again, the bill will be heard on Tuesday, March 23, at 09:00 Am. in the State Capitol Building, Sacramento. The capitol is located on 10th Street between N and L Streets in downtown Sacramento.
If you can possibly make it to Sacramento Tuesday morning for the hearing, please coordinate your arrival with Paul Payne. His email address is below.
Per Paul Payne, NRA Members’ Council Program Coordinator and NRA Liaison to the Executive Vice President:
It is imperative that everyone that possibly can, should attempt to attend this meeting. Obviously the more people there testifying for the passage of AB1663, the more likely it will pass.
• NRA members are meeting before the hearing and going into the Assembly Public Safety Committee Hearing Room together.
• Everyone should be able to testify in support of AB 1663.
• Tens of thousands of letters are being delivered by the NRA during the hearing. That’s one of the reasons they need all of you to help them.
Please email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know you are coming.
Assembly Public Safety Committee Members:
Assembly Member Tom Ammiano (D-13) – Chairman
Assembly Member Curt Hagman (R-60) – Vice Chairman
Assembly Member Warren T. Furutani (D-55)
Assembly Member Danny D. Gilmore (R-30)
Assembly Member Jerry Hill (D-19)
Assembly Member Fiona Ma (D-12)
Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D-14)
All of California’s firearm owners, dealers, shooters, hunters, collectors, clubs, organizations and ammunition vendors need to join this effort to repeal AB 962. It won’t be an easy fight, but it is possible to win if everyone works together and acts in an organized manner.
So please share this information with every Bay Area firearm owner, shooter, hunter, gun range and gun club that you know and ask them to help us pass this bill.
If they are not NRA members, ask them to join. The NRA has been protecting our constitution and second amendment rights since 1871. Our strength lies in our numbers.