California Senator Kevin De Leon is back with new, Anti-Airsoft Legislation, this time taking things down to a smaller scale (at first glance).  You'll recall that Mr. De Leon was the architect behind the poorly constructed SB 798 legislation which failed passage in the House several months ago.  

Apparently he is back at it with more regulation proposals on Airsoft guns in Los Angeles county with SB 1315. 

"BILL NUMBER: SB 1315 INTRODUCED
 BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Senator De León

                        FEBRUARY 23, 2012

   An act to amend Section 53071.5 of the Government Code, relating
to imitation firearms.


 LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 1315, as introduced, De León. Imitation firearms: regulation:
County of Los Angeles.
   Existing law provides that the Legislature occupies the whole
field of regulation of the manufacture, sale, or possession of
imitation firearms, as defined, and that those provisions shall
preempt and be exclusive of all regulations relating to the
manufacture, sale, or possession of imitation firearms, including
regulations governing the manufacture, sale, or possession of BB
devices and air rifles, as specified. Existing law defines "imitation
firearm" to include a "BB device" and defines a "BB device," for
specified purposes, to include any spot marker gun.
   This bill would provide an exception to those provisions by
authorizing the County of Los Angeles, or any city within the County
of Los Angeles, to enact and enforce an ordinance or resolution
regulating the manufacture, sale, possession, or use of a spot marker
gun that expels a projectile larger than 16mm.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 53071.5 of the Government Code is amended to
read:
   53071.5.   (a)    By the  enforcement
  enactment  of this section, the Legislature
occupies the whole field of regulation of the manufacture, sale, or
possession of imitation firearms, as defined in subdivision (a) of
Section 16700 of the Penal Code, and that subdivision shall preempt
and be exclusive of all regulations relating to the manufacture,
sale, or possession of imitation firearms, including regulations
governing the manufacture, sale, or possession of BB devices and air
rifles described in Section 16250 of the Penal Code. 
   (b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the County of Los Angeles,
and any city within the County of Los Angeles, may enact and enforce
an ordinance or resolution regulating the manufacture, sale,
possession, or use of a spot marker gun that expels a projectile
larger than 16mm."
 
That last part there in italics is a bit confusing, but I'm guessing is actually just a typo.  It says "larger than 16mm," which would actually exclude Airsoft guns, since they only shoot 6mm projectiles, with a few exceptions in the 8mm department.  The fact that "16" and "6" when typed out are only one digit's difference from each other, plus the fact that we already know he's going after Airsoft guns, leads me to believe that "16mm" is just a typo and that I'm willing to bet somebody will amend that to say, "6mm" at some point. 


This is why you need to get out and vote next time there's an election to replace this guy.  If you do a little search on the CA legislature info site, you'll see a number of bills that he's authored which are pushing (some appear successful) to impose more regulations and restrictions on gun owners of all types.  If you like guns, Senator De Leon is probably not someone you should support.

I should point out that this is not the first Anti-Airsoft legislation to pop up since the defeat of SB 798.  The great state of New Jersey is currently facing a pretty serious situation with NJ S810.  Senator Bob Smith is proposing, through NJ S810, that Airsoft guns be classified as firearms and, therefore, subject to all the wonderful laws governing such items.  Obviously, that would be all kinds of bad for all the responsible players out there who don't meet the age limit. 

So that's the word for now.  If you're wondering what you can do on your end to fight this, contact each authoring senator's office and let them know you oppose their bill (be specific about which bill you're referring to) and most importantly, BE RESPECTFUL.  Our hobby gets enough of a bad rep to the outside world as it is, don't make it worse. 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

CA SB 798 Official Voting Results

Here are the official results from the voting at yesterday's SB 798 hearing before the Committee on Public Safety.

Assemblymembers Cedillo, Hill & Mitchell voted in favor of SB 798 which tells us one of at least two things:
1) They didn't understand the bill and were just voting along party lines like sheep.
2) They did understand the bill and just didn't care about all the negative impacts it would have had on California, including the state's already-poor economy. 

Assemblymembers Knight and Hagman have been voting no on SB 798 for quite some time now. 

What actually put us over the top for the win, in terms of votes, was the fact that Assemblymembers Ammiano & Skinner did not vote.  Normally, in the past, I believe they've voted in yes, which in this case, was a bad thing. 

So there you go.  Just a little more of an SB 798 update for you.  



Sorry for the whole, all-caps and multiple exclamation points.  But SB 798 has failed...for now.

http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0751-0800/sb_798_bill_20110906_status.html

California Senator Kevin de Leon could bring the bill back, but my understanding is that he'll likely have to wait until next year.  Hopefully, by then, he'll be too distracted with drafting other terrible legislation to focus on contributing to California's unemployment rate and crippled tax revenues via the Airsoft industry.  Technically, the bill has gone back on the "daily file" since Tuesday and will remain there for 2 to 4 days from that time, but I have it on good authority from a source inside the California legislative system that in all probability, the SB 798 is probably dead unless de Leon wants to take it up again during next year's session.  

I can't say that was the best grammar I've ever used, but I'm not going to change it now. 

This doesn't mean we should all just relax and let our guard down.  SB 798 should be a severe wake-up call that we, as an industry, need to shape up and make safety and responsible gun ownership (real or Airsoft) a top priority.  Realize that this is a controversial hobby in the eyes of the general public and a pretty easy target for politicians like de Leon.  As we've seen, if we are not careful, we could lose everything.  We came awfully close.  But enough of the lecturing for now.  Break out the Airsoft Champagne (or Sparkling Cider if you're not of legal age).

Congratulations to all of you who made the effort 
to oppose this bill.  
It was a team effort and an excellent illustration of what happens when we stick together to put up a united front.  


Airsoft shall prevail. 

P.S. Special thanks to my ol' college buddy, Tristan B. for providing me with some expert insight on the results from Tuesday's Committee on Public Safety hearing.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

SB 798 Rearing Its Ugly Head

Back by unpopular demand is CA SB 798, although it never truly went away, just took a breather to recharge it's batteries and then get back in the fight. The anti-Airsoft legislation that Senator Kevin de Leon has brought upon us is back because he feels there are no other more pressing matters that he might be able to address with his resources and political influence, like say...I don't know...maybe...just off the topic of my head...the California budget crisis and how it has effected our public school system, placing thousands of teachers of out jobs, closing schools, increasing class sizes which in turn limits the amount of one-on-one time that a teacher is able to devote to each student to address individual needs, etc, etc, etc. That's a pretty lame issue of no importance, right, Senator? Who cares about education or kids? I suppose it makes sense though. Why would someone like Senator de Leon want to encourage resolving our education system when it's likely that once our children (aka "Tomorrow's Voters") or technically someone of any age gain a decent level of knowledge and understanding, it's likely they'd be able to see the wool he's trying to pull over our eyes.

Check out the latest update on SB 798 as of Thursday, August 11, 2011 after the jump...