California Anti-Gun Bills Aim to Grab Sportsmen’s Gun Rights

California Anti-Gun Bills Aim to Grab Sportsmen’s Gun Rights
Sportsmen calls needed as the California legislature is moving two anti-gun bills.

Airsoft Guns Banned by Color
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U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance
U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance

Columbus, OH –-( Senate Bill 798, sponsored by Sen. Kevin De Leon (D- Los Angeles), would ban the sale of all airguns, including BB and pellet guns used by many sportsmen for small game hunting and target shooting.

Under the bill, these firearms could not be sold unless the entire exterior surface of the gun was predominately colored: white; bright hues of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, or purple; or is transparent. The bill would effectively ban most airguns used by sportsmen as most of these guns rightfully look like other firearms and not “toy” guns.

“Airguns, like BB guns and pellet guns, are real firearms used by sportsmen for hunting and target shooting,” said Jeremy Rine, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance associate director of state services. “It makes no sense to ban these firearms unless they are colored to look like a child’s water gun or other toy gun that you would buy from the toy isle of a store. If passed, sportsmen would be unable to continue to purchase traditional airguns used for hunting, and law enforcement will be unable to tell the difference between what is a real firearm and what is a toy gun.”

The bill has passed the Senate and is schedule for a public hearing on June 14th before the Assembly Committee on Public Safety. The hearing will take place at 9:00 a.m. in State Capital Room 126. Sportsmen are encouraged to attend the hearing and voice their opposition to the bill.

Assembly Bill 809, introduced by Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D- Los Angeles), would apply the state’s handgun registry requirements to all firearms, including rifles and shotguns commonly used by sportsmen for hunting and recreational shooting.

Gun owners would be required to register all of their firearms and provide personal information that includes their name, address, place of birth, telephone number, and occupation. It would also require gun owners to provide a detailed description of the gun, including serial number. This bill is unnecessary and is an invasion of gun owner rights.

AB 809 has passed out of the Assembly and will head to the Senate.

Take Action! California sportsmen should plan to attend next Tuesday’s public hearing and should call their state assembly person today and ask them to oppose Senate Bill 798.

California sportsmen are also encouraged to call their state senators today and ask them to oppose Assembly Bill 809.

To find your state legislator’s contact information, visit the USSA Legislative Action Center at

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organizations that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. Visit

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This is about control; control they want to maintain at the highest levels of Government. If a revolt was to ever occur in this country (and believe me it can)do you honestly believe they would want millions of guns aimed at them? And can someone please explain to me what the hell the UN has to do with this issue. The UN needs to be disbanded and put out of business; they are totally powerless and ineffective and just as corrupt as the administration we have now.


So they want to ban air guns unless they're made to look like toys?? Are they completely stupid or do they want some kid to mistake a pellet gun for a toy and actually shoot someone? Hello… Air guns can be just as dangerous as a firearm and should be handled with equal care. Painting them lime green will make them less safe. Does ANYONE in CA have any common sense left? I'm glad I live in Texas!


First off get it right. A BB gun is NOT a firearm. It is a compressed air gun. A firearm is a gun that uses an explosive charge to propel a projectile down range. As for California constantly playing the fear card based on bogus bias garbage to scare people in to the false belief that guns are evil never surprises me. That is what should be expected in a state that is ran by brain dead imbeciles. In stead of going after the criminals which are the root of the problem they go after the object. Guns do not… Read more »