The National Rifle Association (NRA) today joined the Calguns Foundation, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (the largest trucker’s trade association), the Folsom Shooting Club, and two individual truckers in a lawsuit challenging California’s soon-to-be-implemented law banning most shipments of handgun ammunition into California. The case is OOIDA v. Lindley. Click here to view the Complaint. Assembly Bill 962 was signed into law last year. Starting in February 2011, the law will criminalize the delivery and transfer of handgun ammunition not done in face-to-face transactions.

CA-LERT Latest on Ammo Bill

CAL-ERT  08/18/09 — Noon^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE ALERT This information is accurate at the time this CAL-ERT was written and originally distributed. The NRA Members' Councils of California and the California Rifle and Pistol Association have issued this alert in a cooperative effort and will keep you informed as the legislative situation changes in Sacramento.
LEGISLATION PENDING: (This is a partial list. Complete list is found at The California State Legislature is back in session and two very bad anti-gun bills could be voted on at any time.  Please take the requested action to oppose both of these bills.  Your support is critical if we are to defeat this unreasonable legislation. 
• establish a database and a program administered and maintained by the Department of Justice for licensing handgun ammunition vendors.
• require that commencing July 1, 2010, unless specifically excluded, no person shall sell or transfer more than 50 rounds of handgun ammunition in any month unless he or she is registered as a handgun ammunition vendor.
• also provide that no retail seller of ammunition shall sell, offer for sale, or display for sale, any handgun ammunition in a manner that allows that ammunition to be accessible to a purchaser without the assistance of the retailer or employee thereof.
• further provide that handgun ammunition may only be purchased in a face-to-face transaction and only if certain conditions exist. This restriction would eliminate mail-order and Internet sales of ammunition.
• require certain ammunition vendors to obtain a thumbprint and other information from ammunition purchasers, and would require submission of that information to the Department of Justice.
Furthermore, if AB962 were to pass, it would potentially halt all smallbore rifle youth programs, including ROTC, Boy Scouts Girl Scouts and 4-H shooting sports programs.  Friends and family-members who provide ammunition to each-other could become criminals if this bill were to become law. 
STATUS: AB962 has been moved to the Suspense File in the Senate Appropriations Committee and can be voted on at any time. 
SB585 (Leno) – GUN SHOW BAN   This bill would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Cow Palace and would thereby make a violation of that prohibition a misdemeanor. This bill would ban having a gun show at the Cow Palace, which is a state owned facility in the South San Francisco area. If it passes, it will likely be expanded to ban gun shows on any public property, such as fairgrounds, throughout the State. It is a major attack on the right of sportsmen and other firearms owners to assemble, communicate with each other, and to purchase new, used and collectible firearms, accessories and sporting supplies.
STATUS: SB585 is now on the Assembly Floor and can be voted on at any time.
Facts regarding SB585:
• Law enforcement fears that the lack of the gun show would drive firearms sales underground due to the lack of a the gun show as a regulated location for such sales to take place.
• The unfair lack of access to this publicly-owned venue restricts the First Amendment Rights of many thousands of attendees who have done nothing wrong and should not have to endure such censorship.
• The gun show promoters, including Crossroads of the West (who produce the show at the Cow Palace) worked with law enforcement, the state fair board and others, in support of AB295 several years ago. AB295 provided protections, including event operation under the strict scrutiny of law enforcement, at all gun shows in the state.
• Gun show promoters in California, including Crossroads of the West, have a close working relationship with law enforcement agencies (at all levels) due to the nature of cooperation that exists at gun shows, such as the one at the Cow Palace.
• California has the toughest gun show laws of any state in the nation. Currently, California's gun shows are monitored by local, state, and federal enforcement agencies and all firearms transactions are required to be processed by dealers who possess federal, state, and local licenses.
• Buying a firearm at a gun show is no different than going to a firearms dealer's store. All firearms transactions occur only after a comprehensive background check that includes a 10-day waiting period before a firearm can be delivered to the new owner.  SB585 is an attempt by anti-firearms rights activists to find more creative ways to discourage people from owning firearms! Like most such bills, it would have no impact on criminals, just on lawful individuals!
• Please note: As a major gun show promoter throughout California, Crossroads of the West Gun Shows (Bob and Lynn Templeton) have been STRONG NRA supporters for more than twenty years. Their efforts to support the NRA have resulted in the recruitment/retention of tens-of-thousands of NRA members throughout this time. And as we all know, this is California — a battleground state for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and every NRA member is important to the survival of the Second Amendment.
• Please continue to contact the Senate Appropriations Committee and urge a NO vote on AB 962.
• Please contact the members of the Assembly and urge a NO vote on SB 585. 
Note: Please remember to be professional, courteous and concise. 
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE LEGISLATURE:AB962 — Senate Appropriations Committee: A complete listing of all of the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee phone/email information can be found HERE . Also, you can send a single email to each of the Senate Appropriations Committee Members by using the special "ONE CLICK" email address that you can find HERE . By sending one email to the special "ONE CLICK" address, each one of the Senate Appropriations Committee Members will receive a copy of your message (so it is probably a good idea to address your messages with: Dear Senator,).
SB585 — Assembly: A complete listing of all of the members of the Assembly phone/email information can be found HERE . Also, you can send a single email to each of the Assembly Members by using the special "ONE CLICK" email address that you can find HERE . By sending one email to the special "ONE CLICK" address, each one of the Assembly Members will receive a copy of your message (so it is probably a good idea to address your messages with: Dear Assembly Member,).
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California Ammunition Bill: Give Box of Ammo to Sister, Go to Jail

Bill to Restrict Ammunition Sales Takes a Step Forward in the Golden State
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Please Contact the Senate Appropriations Committee!

Earlier today, the Senate Public Safety Committee passed Assembly Bill 962.  The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration.  No hearing date has been scheduled.

AB962, sponsored by Assembly Member Kevin De Leon (D-45), would make it a crime to privately transfer more than 50 rounds of ammunition per month, even between family and friends, unless you are registered as a “handgun ammunition vendor” in the Department of Justice’s database.  Ammunition retailers would have to be licensed and store ammunition in such a manner that it would be inaccessible to purchasers.  The bill would also require purchasers submit to fingerprinting, which would be kept in dealers' records and subject to inspection by the Department of Justice.  Lastly, mail order ammunition sales would be prohibited. 

Please contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose AB962.  Contact information can be found below.


State Senator Christine Kehoe (D-39), Chair
(916) 651-4039

State Senator Dave Cox (R-1), Vice-Chair
(916) 651-4001

State Senator Ellen Corbett (D-10)
(916) 651-4010

State Senator Jeff Denham (R-12)
(916) 651-4012

State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D-7)
(916) 651-4007

State Senator Loni Hancock (D-9)
(916) 651-4009

State Senator Mark Leno (D-3)
(916) 651-4003

State Senator Jenny Oropeza (D-28)
(916) 651-4028

State Senator George Runner (R-17)
(916) 651-4017

State Senator Mimi Walters (R-33)
(916) 651-4033

State Senator Lois Wolk (D-5)
(916) 651-4005

State Senator Mark Wyland (R-38)
(916) 651-4038

State Senator Leland Yee (D-8)
(916) 651-4008
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