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CA: SB-489 ALERT sent by the Gun Owners of California!

Discussion in 'Legal' started by shooterx10, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. shooterx10

    shooterx10 Well-Known Member

    This ALERT sent out by Gun Owners of California
    916 967-4970 FAX 916 967-4974

    If you can stall this bill so it doesn't get out of committee before August 29, 2003, it will die for this year! :cuss:
    Lets add the defeat of SB 489 (Scott - D) to our string of Victories in 2003!
    To see list of 2003 Victories, visit our website homepage....

    SB 489 (Scott - D) Chamber Load Indicators and Magazine Disconnect Mechanisms.
    The bill passed out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee July 1, 2003, and continues on to the Assembly Appropriations Committee

    Scheduled hearing is for August 20th 9:00 a.m.

    There is still time for you to get your letter, FAX or phone call into the Committee! Don't put it off!
    SB 489 will require all semi-automatic pistols to include in their manufacture a chamber load indicator (CLI). Additionally, if the pistol has a detachable magazine, a magazine disconnect mechanism (MDM) will be required. This bill impacts negatively, all purchasers of firearms and manufacturers.

    For Opposition Points and Member Contacts Click Here

    The latest Legislative Analysis is copied below for your information:



    INTRODUCED BY Senator Scott
    (Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Koretz)
    (Coauthors: Senators Kuehl, Perata, and Romero)
    (Coauthors: Assembly Members Chan, Levine, Longville, and

    FEBRUARY 20, 2003

    An act to amend Sections 12126, 12130, and 12132 of the Penal
    Code, relating to firearms.


    SB 489, as amended, Scott. Firearms: chamber load indicators and
    magazine disconnected mechanisms.

    Existing law defines "unsafe handgun" in regard to pistols based
    on certain criteria.
    This bill would, in addition, commencing January 1, 2005, for
    firearms not already approved, as specified, include within the
    definition of an unsafe handgun, a center-fire semiautomatic pistol
    that does not have a chamber load indicator that plainly
    indicates , as specified, that a cartridge is in
    the firing chamber or a center-fire or rimfire semiautomatic pistol
    that does not have a magazine disconnect mechanism that prevents the
    pistol from operating to strike the primer of ammunition in the
    firing chamber when a detachable magazine is not inserted in the
    pistol if the pistol has a detachable magazine. The bill would, in
    addition, commencing January 1, 2007, include within the definition
    of an unsafe handgun, a center-fire semiautomatic pistol that does
    not have both of those features.
    By expanding the definition of "unsafe handgun," the manufacture,
    sale, and other specified transfer of which is a crime, this bill
    would expand the scope of an existing crime, and thereby impose a
    state-mandated local program.
    Existing law requires handguns to be submitted for testing to
    determine if they are unsafe handguns, as specified.
    This bill would provide that commencing January 1, 2005, no
    center-fire semiautomatic pistol would be allowed to be submitted for
    that testing if it did have a chamber load indicator, and no
    center-fire or rimfire semiautomatic pistol that has a detachable
    magazine would be allowed to be submitted for that testing if the
    pistol does not have a magazine disconnect mechanism, as specified.
    Existing law provides that, subject to exceptions, any person who
    manufactures, causes to be manufactured, imports into the state for
    sale, keeps for sale, offers or exposes for sale, gives, or lends any
    unsafe handgun is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not
    exceeding one year.
    This bill would add to existing exceptions to those provisions,
    the sale, loan, or transfer of any semiautomatic pistol that is to be
    used solely as a prop during the course of a motion picture,
    television, or video production by an authorized participant, as
    The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local
    agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the
    state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that
    This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this
    act for a specified reason.
    Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
    State-mandated local program: yes.
  2. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    There's apparently no end to the arrogant socialist stupidity on the loose in the People's Republic of California.
  3. PrudentGT

    PrudentGT Well-Known Member

    Heh. Can't wait until s/o tries to defend themselves against an attacker, only to find they aren't able to fire at the critical moment due to a lightly inserted magazine. I'm sure the state will shield itself from liability, tho... :rolleyes:
  4. gunsmith

    gunsmith member

    how did Koretz get voted in?

    I can't imagine anyone who has met him would vote for him.
    I think most folks have no idea who (what) the Assembly is or what they
    do and if we lifted the log they all live under they would scurry away
    at the bright sunlight of freedom
  5. Orthonym

    Orthonym Well-Known Member

    Isn't that the state where it's a felony to bring a Cub Scout knife into a school? Hey, it locks open!

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