- Attorney General
I strongly oppose SB 249 (Yee, Firearms: assault weapons).
SB 249, if passed, will create a massive outright ban on firearms in common use that are protected under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. It will also enact what would possibly be the largest unconstitutional government taking of private property in California history, with cost exposure to the state reaching as high as $1 Billion or more. And, this unconstitutional taking would violate the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
SB 249, if passed, will force a government-mandated confiscation & seizure of hundreds of thousands of legally- possessed Bullet Button (maglocked) firearms without compensation for gun owners, violating the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the California Constitution.
SB 249 would also make hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Californians, including active law enforcement officers (who have no exemption under SB 249) into criminals on July 1, 2013. SB 249 is an ex post facto law and therefore is expressly prohibited by the U.S. Constitution. Additionally, SB 249 would criminalize the possession of firearms that are currently legal to possess. States are prohibited from passing and enforcing ex post facto laws by Clause 1 of Article I of Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution.
Furthermore, if passed, SB 249 would attack fast-growing family recreation opportunities and shooting sports like 3-gun and action rifle competitions, irreparably harm thousands of California small business owners and shutter businesses, and take away millions of dollars of tax revenues that support schools and law enforcement.
Finally, SB 249 violates both the U.S. and California State Constitutions. SB 249, if enacted, will only result in hurting innocent California families and costing the taxpayers money.
I join the Stop SB 249 coalition, The Calguns Foundation, and Cal-FFL in urging you to oppose the bill.
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