California Lawmakers Seek to Expand Definition of ‘Assault Weapon’

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National Shooting Sports Foundation
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Newtown, CT -( The California Senate Public Safety Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 880 Tuesday.

This legislation would further expand California’s definition of “assault weapon” to include any semiautomatic rifle or semiautomatic pistol that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine and has one or more of the specified attributes (pistol grip, folding or telescoping stock, forward pistol grip, flash suppressor, etc.). Additionally, SB 880 would define “fixed magazine” to mean “an ammunition feeding device contained in, or permanently attached to, a firearm in such a manner that the device cannot be removed without disassembly of the firearm action.”

NSSF strongly opposes SB 880 and has already submitted a letter of opposition to the committee. NSSF will have a representative present at Tuesday’s hearing to testify in opposition to this measure. For more information on NSSF’s position on “assault weapons,” see NSSF’s Fast Facts.

Please contact members of the Senate Public Safety Committee today and urge them to vote “NO” on SB 880.

Public Safety Committee Members:

About NSSF:

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 13,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers.

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I know why I did not go back home to California after retiring from the military. My brother was keeping me informed on the kind of Bull Shit California is turning into. I live in a state where common sense reigns. Not say it’s perfect. But at lease some of the states representatives have some common sense in dealing with issue of gun ownership. The nonsense California is pulling is “nuts”. let’s take away their body guards gun. see how safe they will be. because they took away law biding citizens guns, only the criminals will have control of the… Read more »


Slippery Slope strikes again!

2War Abn Vet

An assault weapon is any weapon a bad guy uses to commit a crime – and, in California, it’s always an AR-15.

Gene Ralno

I wonder if any of these cretins remember Kate Steinle. I’m wondering if any of those bicycle riders in green uniforms ever considered riding for her. Since the answer is “no” to both, they serve as proof that this isn’t about public safety. It’s ideological poppycock and a principle that impedes leftist progress.

Mike McAllister

Liberal stupid people and the votes in CA just keep voting them in. They deserve what they get. Stupid is as stupid does and the push it to the limit.


Other blue states, Maryland, Illinois, and New York in particular, are eager to follow California’s example. We’ll soon have 2 Americas.

Clark Kent

We already do; you are late to the game.


your method of contact is flawed. unless one resides within the legislator’s district, the message will not go through to any of them. waste of time trying…


That is true, but the legislators themselves are at fault, not Ammoland. Most low level state bureaucrats are incapable of fielding a large email volume especially from non-constituents and more so when they are trying to pass unpopular bills for their own self-aggrandizement. My state senator, Joel Anderson CA (R) is a two faced hypocrite concerning gun rights and I have written him many times to no avail. The only legal gun law is the Second Amendment. All the rest are ‘infringement’ and to be ignored……..if you want to remain free. When guns are outlawed………only outlaws will have guns. By… Read more »

Clark Kent

Ignore at your peril. It might mean jail time; not freedom. But they can’t put ALL of us in jail.


:Warning: Traveling to certain cities in Mexiforinika is known to cause severe liberalism which is known to be a mental disorder.

Dale Thatcher

California is a Communist/Socialist State! Those So Called Lawmakers there want nothing more than to disarm Americans! Read the U.S. Constitution. That is the LAW of the LAND! What Part Of These Rights Shall Not Be Infringed Don’t You Understand! You Clowns are going to start another Civil War. I grew up there and will never go back, taxation and control, I will to live a slave to the State. All of you Government Clowns Took a Oath to Uphold the Constitution Not to Destroy it! All of you involved in tearing down the Constitution Should Be Hung For Treason,… Read more »