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          Date of Hearing:   April 22, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          950 (Melendez) - As Introduced February 26, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          Yes


          SUMMARY:


          This bill allows a person, who is subject to a gun violence  
          restraining order (GVRO), to transfer his or her firearms or  
          ammunition to a licensed firearms dealer for the duration of the  








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          prohibition.  If the firearms or ammunition have been  
          surrendered to a law enforcement agency, the bill would entitle  
          the owner to have them transferred to a licensed firearms  
          dealer.  The bill would additionally provide for the transfer of  
          ammunition to a licensed firearms dealer by any person who is  
          prohibited from owning or possessing ammunition. 


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Potential minor state reimbursable mandated costs, less than  
          $20,000, if the cost to a law enforcement agency exceeds $1,000  
          in a year in those cases where an eligible person requests the  
          firearm or ammunition be transferred to a licensed firearms  
          dealer.  This is not expected to be a common occurrence.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose/Background.  According to the author, "This measure  
            will ensure the safety of the public without unnecessarily  
            infringing upon the rights of individuals. It will reinstate  
            passed statutes set by AB 539 in 2013 which created a process  
            to provide an individual who is prohibited from owning or  
            possessing firearms, due to a gun violence restraining order  
            (GVRO), the ability to transfer their firearms to a federal  
            firearm licensed (FFL) dealer for the duration of the  
            restraining order. Gun violence restraining orders are  
            extremely serious and reflect the gravity of the situation. As  
            long as the firearm and ammunition is not in the possession of  
            the individual and is not accessible, the intent of the GVRO  
            is being carried out."


          2)Argument in Support:  According to The California Chapters of  
            the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, "In 2014, the  
            Brady Campaign was instrumental in the passage of AB 1014  








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            (Skinner), which we believe, when implemented in 2016, will  
            save numerous lives.  The California Brady Campaign Chapters  
            support AB 950 by Assembly Member Melissa Melendez, as the  
            bill will facilitate the implementation of this important new  
            law."


          3)Related Legislation:  AB 225 (Melendez), makes it felony  
            perjury punishable by two, three, or four years to make a  
            false statement on a petition for the issuance of a gun  
            violence restraining order.  AB 225 failed passage in the  
            Assembly Committee on Public Safety and has been granted  
            reconsideration.

          4)Prior Legislation:  AB 539 (Pan), Chapter 739, Statutes of  
            2013, created a process whereby persons subject to a domestic  
            violence restraining order could transfer their firearms to a  
            federally-licensed firearms dealer for the duration of the  
            restraining order.  





          Analysis Prepared by:Pedro R. Reyes / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081