The Law Center is pleased to report overwhelming success in the California Legislature this year, with four important bills now headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Our co-sponsored bill AB 809 (Feuer) would help law enforcement solve gun crimes and protect public safety by requiring the Department of Justice to retain copies of sales records for rifles and shotguns, as it does now for handgun records.

In addition:

    • AB 144 (Portantino) would prohibit the open carrying of unloaded handguns in public places statewide;
    • SB 819 (Leno) would enable the California Department of Justice to use firearm sales fees to fund programs to disarm convicted criminals and the mentally ill; and
    • SB 427 (De León) would enhance the state’s 2009 handgun ammunition recordkeeping law.

Your support enables us to provide critical technical expertise and advocacy in support of these and other important measures. By championing innovative legislation like the bills above, the Law Center and our coalition partners statewide are working to ensure that California’s gun laws remain the best in the nation.The Law Center’s Summary of 2011 California Firearms Legislation has more information about all of the firearm bills considered by the state legislature this year.