Tell Gov. Brown: “VETO AB 1964!”

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AB 1964 has been passed by both the California Assembly and Senate.  It is critical that you contact Governor Brown and urge him to veto AB 1964.

The Firearms Policy Coalition has prepared this letter or you can sent your own:

I stand with California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees (CAL-FFL) and Firearms Policy Coalition in my OPPOSITION to AB 1964, a measure that would eliminate sales of virtually all “single-shot” handguns.

The clear intent of this measure is to further narrow California’s already onerous and overly burdensome “not unsafe” handgun Roster and eliminate more firearms from the non-peace officer marketplace. While AB 1964’s passage would certainly reinforce the arguments against the Roster in ongoing federal civil rights litigation (see, e.g., Peña v. Lindley, U.S. Dist., E.D. Cal. Case no. 09-cv-01185-KJM-CKD), we must remain opposed to AB 1964 on its merits.

In 2008, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that firearms in common use for lawful purposes are protected under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. (See, District of Columbia v. Heller, 128 S.Ct. 2783 (2008).) AB 1964 is an intellectually-challenged bill through which the author seeks to ban even greater numbers of safe, time-tested, and Constitutionally protected firearms—infringing the rights of 38 million California residents along the way.

And if the Constitutional problems in AB 1964 were not enough to make the bill worthy of rejection, the plain absurdity of the bill could not be more obvious: the measure creates a “single-shot loophole” for handguns ‘born as’ a single-shot in a factory, but bans handguns that were ‘born as’ some other configuration but later professionally re-manufactured by a licensed gunsmith into a “single-shot” handgun that is the functional equivalent of what would be an exempted handgun.

There is no evidentiary need for the passage of AB 1964. The author has not shown the measure to offer any provable, substantiated improvement to public safety. California’s Penal Code, as it relates to firearms, is already overflowing with laws that are not enforced or unenforceable. The bill is a solution is search of a problem and may be what bursts the proverbial Penal Code levee.

AB 1964 will ban even more firearms in California that have been proven totally safe.

You may contact Governor Brown at his web page or at his office:

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160

We recommend both submitting an email by going to his web page AND calling his office.  If you can, please also fax your request to veto AB 1964.

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