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          CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
          AB 1559 (Portantino)
          As Amended  June 15, 2012
          Majority vote
           
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          |ASSEMBLY:  |72-0 |(May 3, 2012)   |SENATE: |34-0 |(August 22,    |
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           Original Committee Reference:    PUB. S.  

           SUMMARY  :  Allows for the importation of short-barreled rifles 
          and short-barreled shotguns for use as a prop for a motion 
          picture, television, or video production or entertainment event 
          when the Department of Justice (DOJ) issues a permit finding 
          good cause as it currently does for the manufacture, possession, 
          transportation, or sale of short-barreled weapons.  Also adjusts 
          the payment of fees for purchase and possession of specified 
          firearms.

           The Senate amendments  provide that until January 1, 2014, only 
          one fee shall be charged for a single transaction on the same 
          date for the sale of specified firearms that are not handguns, 
          and provide that beginning January 1, 2014, that only one fee 
          shall be charged for a single transaction on the same date for 
          the taking title or possession of any number of firearms 
          including handguns.

           EXISTING LAW  :

          1)States that upon a showing that good cause exists for issuance 
            of a permit to the applicant, and if the DOJ finds that 
            issuance of the permit does not endanger the public safety, 
            DOJ may issue a permit for the manufacture, possession, 
            transportation, or sale of short-barreled rifles or 
            short-barreled shotguns.  The permit shall be initially valid 
            for a period of one year, and renewable annually thereafter.  
            No permit shall be issued to a person who is under 18 years of 
            age.  

          2)Specifies "good cause," for the purposes of this section, 
            shall be limited to only the following:  

             a)   The permit is sought for the manufacture, possession, or 








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               use with blank cartridges of a short-barreled rifle or 
               short-barreled shotgun, solely as a prop for a motion 
               picture, television, or video production or entertainment 
               event.

             b)   The permit is sought for the manufacture of, exposing 
               for sale, keeping for sale, sale of, importation or lending 
               of short-barreled rifles or short-barreled shotguns to the 
               entities by persons who are licensed as dealers or 
               manufacturers under the specified provisions of the United 
               States Code, as amended, and the regulations issued 
               pursuant thereto.

           AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY  , this bill allowed for the importation 
          of short-barreled rifles and short-barreled shotguns for use as 
          a prop for a motion picture, television, or video production or 
          entertainment event when DOJ issues a permit finding good cause 
          as it currently does for the manufacture, possession, 
          transportation, or sale of short-barreled weapons.
           


          FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Senate Appropriations 
          Committee:

          1)No fiscal impact to the DOJ associated with the clarification 
            of existing law with regard to the issuance of permits by the 
            DOJ. 

          2)Ongoing reduced revenue potentially in excess of $50,000 to 
            the Dealer Record of Sale (DROS) Account (Special Fund) due to 
            the deletion of DOJ authority under existing law to charge a 
            reduced fee for multiple handgun purchases in a single 
            transaction.

          3)Ongoing foregone revenue potentially in excess of $600,000 to 
            the DROS Account (Special Fund) after January 1, 2014, due to 
            the restriction to only one fee charged per firearms 
            transaction, regardless of the number of firearms involved in 
            the transaction. 

           COMMENTS  :   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 








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          and television production companies the ability to legally 
          import firearms for us in their activities. We have been working 
          with the Department of Justice and will continue to do so to 
          make sure that safe and responsible gun laws are enacted in 
          California." 

          Please see the policy committee analysis for a full discussion 
          of this bill.
           

          Analysis Prepared by  :    Gabriel Caswell / PUB. S. / (916) 
          319-3744 


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