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          Date of Hearing:  June 29, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          SB 869  
          (Hill) - As Amended May 18, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill requires, with some exceptions, a person, when leaving  
          a handgun in an unattended vehicle, to secure the handgun by  
          locking it in the trunk of the vehicle or locking it in a locked  
          container and placing the container out of plain view.  A  
          violation is subject to a fine of up to $1,000.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Unknown, probably minor costs to local law enforcement for  








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          enforcement, but these costs will be offset to some degree by  
          fines. 


          COMMENTS:


          1)Background/Purpose.  Current law requires civilian handgun  
            owners to store the weapon in a locked box or in the trunk  
            when leaving it unattended in the car.  However, this does not  
            apply to law enforcement officers and concealed carry license  
            holders.  In recent years, there has been an increase in  
            incidents of handguns stolen from cars.  This includes  
            handguns stolen from law enforcement vehicles.  Tragically,  
            many stolen guns end up being used in violent crimes.


            SB 869 extends the existing vehicle handgun storage  
            requirement, with some exceptions, to anyone who leaves a  
            handgun unattended in their car. 


          2)Related Legislation. 


             a)   SB 894 (Jackson), also on today's agenda, requires a  
               firearm owner to report the theft or loss of a firearm to  
               local law enforcement agency within five days of the time  
               he or she knew, or reasonably should have known, that the  
               firearm had been stolen or lost.


             b)   AB 1695 (Bonta) makes it a misdemeanor to falsely report  
               to law enforcement that a firearm has been lost or stolen.   
               AB 1695 is pending referral by the Senate Rules Committee.

          3)Prior Legislation:  AB 231 (Ting), Chapter 730, Statutes of  
            2013, created the crime of criminal storage in the third  
            degree, which imposes liability if a person negligently stores  








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            or leaves a loaded firearm in a place where he or she knows,  
            or reasonably should know, that a child is likely to access it  
            without the permission of the child's parent or guardian.

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