Cali. Gun Rights Activists Prepare for Recall Effort and Lawsuits if Governor Signs New Gun Control Bills

October 11 2013
by GSL Staff
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Screen Shot 2013-10-11 at 3.19.18 PMCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown has until Sunday to decide on 14 different gun bills that hit his desk earlier this year.

The most controversial of the bills would ban the future sale and transfer of semi-automatic rifles with so called “military features”. This would include guns that utilize a “bullet button” which requires the use of a bullet or tool to remove the magazine from the gun for reloading. The bullet button has allowed gun enthusiasts in California to keep some of the so called “military features” on their semi-automatic rifles. These features include ergonomic features like adjustable stocks, pistol grips, and vertical grips as well as features such as flash hiders.

According to Fox40,

It has divided America for decades. Now Governor Brown must decide on whether to make California gun laws even tougher.

“He will make some people happy he will make some people angry. That is traditionally Jerry Brown,” said political analyst Gary Dietrich.

Dozens gathered at the Capitol steps urging Gov. Brown to sign all 14 gun control bills on his desk by Sunday’s deadline.

If all of the bills were to be signed into law California would easily rank as the most anti-gun state in the union. However, gun rights activists aren’t taking things sitting down. Despite the fact that many of the bills sailed through the state legislature, the fight continues.

Earlier this month we heard that the NRA is already preparing a lawsuit against the state of California if bills are signed into law.

According to Fox News,

The National Rifle Association says it plans to sue the state of California if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill approved by state lawmakers that would ban the future sale of most types of semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines.

Under current California law, assault weapons can only be used for limited purposes and owners are prohibited from transferring them to anyone in the state. The bill would change the definition of an assault weapon to include any semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine or a fixed magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, according to the group’s statement.

“Our right to keep and bear arms has never been as seriously threatened in California as it is today. After years of incrementally adopting gun control measures, this year the Legislature decided to propose new laws adopting everything on the gun ban lobby’s wish list,” the group said Tuesday.

The NRA has had some success fighting and delaying other strict gun control laws in California in the past, such as the state’s microstamping law for ammunition.

There is also some talk of a possible recall of lawmakers. This effort is picking up steam following the successful recall of two anti-gun state senators in Colorado in September. It was also just announced this week that gun rights activists were seeking to recall a third anti-gun state senator in Colorado and had begun the signature collection process.

According to SFGate.com,

“As soon as the results came in Colorado, our phones started ringing,” said Jennifer Kerns, the California political consultant who helped lead the Colorado recalls. “Until then, a lot of people thought California was a lost state (on gun-rights issues). But Colorado showed them it doesn’t have to be.”

Brown wouldn’t be a recall target, organizers said. The costs are too great – perhaps $2 million – to gather enough signatures to put a statewide recall on the ballot.

Instead, gun-rights activists are focused on legislators who voted for the gun bills before Brown, a list that includes nearly every Democrat in Sacramento.

The big advantage: Gathering signatures to recall an Assembly or state Senate member is comparatively cheap.

Efforts to push the governor in the direction of a veto are still underway with the Firearms Policy Coalition leading the charge. The organization is still collecting signatures to deliver to the governor as well as encouraging activists to call the governor’s office. They are even giving away a Benelli shotgun to encourage participation.

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