BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                    



                                                                  AB 1559
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          Date of Hearing:   April 25, 2012

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                Felipe Fuentes, Chair

                 AB 1559 (Portantino) - As Amended:  April 11, 2012 

          Policy Committee:                              Public 
          SafetyVote:  5-0

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program: 
          No     Reimbursable:              

           SUMMARY  

          This bill allows importation of short-barreled rifles and 
          short-barreled shotguns for use as props in movies, TV, or video 
          production or entertainment events when the Department of 
          Justice issues a permit, as it currently does for the 
          manufacture, possession, transportation, or sale of these 
          weapons.  

          This bill states that these proposed changes are declaratory of 
          existing law.
             
           FISCAL EFFECT  

          Negligible.

           COMMENTS  

           Rationale  . According to the author, "This measure is needed by 
          the entertainment industry to ensure that they do not run into 
          trouble with the labyrinth of laws the regulate gun ownership 
          and gun possession in California. This measure will allow film 
          and television production companies the ability to legally 
          import firearms for us in their activities." 


           Analysis Prepared by  :    Geoff Long / APPR. / (916) 319-2081