Friday, September 16, 2011

Urge Governor Brown to Veto AB 144, AB 809, and SB 427

AB 144, AB 809, and SB 427 have all been passed by the state legislature and have gone to Governor Brown's office for his signature or veto.  Please contact Governor Brown to urge that he veto these bills.  Governor Brown's office may be contacted by:

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160

Here is the text of my fax:

Governor Brown,

As a citizen of this great state, and a lawful firearm owner, I am asking you to veto the following bills that will come before you for signature:

AB 144 - This is a piece of legislation in search of a problem. Carrying of unloaded firearms in public cannot possible be a threat to the public at large because the firearms are, by law, required to be unloaded, and subject to inspection by police officers. Banning a poor substitute for a real defensive carry mode is simply bad law. A good law to adopt would be a shall-issue style CCW program similar to those adopted by other states in recent decades. Requiring citizens who wish to carry in public to do so concealed would allow citizens to protect themselves and prevent alarming the general public.

AB 809 - Long gun registration will be an expensive program to adopt at a time when the state is in fiscal crisis. In addition, experiences in Canada and New York state, and other places that have registration laws, have shown that firearms registration systems do not help police solve crimes. Laws should be effective in accomplishing the goals used to justify them. AB 809 would not be effective.

SB 427 - This is another attempt to regulate handgun ammunition, an attempt that was mooted by the courts when AB 962 was overturned at a very low level in Federal Court. SB 427 is similarly bad law, certainly to attract a lawsuit, almost certainly to be overturned or stayed by a permanent injunction. Once again, laws should be effective in their stated purposes, and SB 427 is not, and thus worthy of a veto.

For the forgoing reasons, I urge you to veto AB 144, AB 809, and SB 427.

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