Action Alert! CA Firearm Legislation

Dear Supporter,

Our Senator Jackson is continually working hard for us, her constituents and California. Some years ago at one of CAGV’s events she expressed an unforgettable desire. She said that she always heard from the gun nuts, but she certainly would appreciate hearing from her supporters.

Please grant that wish. Below is a sample support letter for a much needed bill that Senator Jackson has authored: SB 347 Firearms: Prohibited Persons. This bill would strengthen our gun laws by adding to the list of persons prohibited from purchasing firearms for a 10-year period to include those convicted of specified firearm-related misdemeanors. It is vital that we protect our communities by reducing unnecessary gun violence.

Below is a sample letter for your convenience. You only need to put in the date and add your name. Then print the letter and either mail or Fax it to the address/Fax provided.

Please do this as soon as possible. Senator Jackson is working for us. Let us show her our support and thanks.

Best Regards,

Toni Wellen, Chair

Coalition Against Gun Violence

(805) 684-8434

 

SAMPLE SUPPORT LETTER:

[DATE]

State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson

State Capitol Building

Sacramento, CA 95814

Re: Support for Senate Bill 347 (Jackson)

FAX (916) 651-4919

Dear Senator Jackson,

I am writing in support of SB 347 which would strengthen our gun laws by adding to the list of persons prohibited from purchasing firearms for a 10-year period to include those convicted of specified firearm-related misdemeanors.

Firearms laws are a critical component of the state’s responsibility to ensure public safety. Nevertheless, while thousands of gun owners bought their weapons legally, under the law they should no longer possess guns because of subsequent mental health or criminal issues. Current Federal law makes it unlawful to purchase or possess firearms by people who fall within certain categories, such as convicted felons, domestic abusers, and people with specific kinds of mental health histories. Current California law also imposes prohibitions that can last for various lengths of time including a lifetime ban. Anyone convicted of numerous misdemeanors involving violence or threats of violence is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm for 10 years.

In order to further protect our families and communities, this bill would add the specific firearm-related misdemeanor offenses to the list of misdemeanors that carry a 10-year ban on purchasing firearms:

Studies have shown that handgun purchasers who have had a single prior conviction for a nonviolent firearm-related offense are 7 times as likely to be charged with new nonviolent firearm offenses, 4 times as likely to be charged with new violent offenses and 5 times as likely to be charged with murder, rape, robbery or aggravated assault than a person with no prior convictions. These studies demonstrate the need to strengthen our firearms regulations. In particular, certain firearm-related misdemeanors should have been originally included in the 10-year ban on firearm purchases.

This bill would add the following firearm-related misdemeanor offenses to the list of misdemeanors that carry a 10-year ban on purchasing firearms: Dealing in handguns without a license; Selling any ammunition to a person under 21 years of age; Prohibited person owning or possessing ammunition; Supplying ammunition to a prohibited person; Bringing or carrying ammunition onto school grounds; Petty theft if property taken was a firearm; Buying or receiving stolen property if the property consists of a firearm; Carrying a concealed firearm if the person has been convicted of a crime against a person or property, or of a narcotic or dangerous drug violation; Carrying a loaded firearm if the person has been convicted of a crime against a person or property, or of a narcotics or dangerous drug violation.

Sincerely,

[name]