Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Signs AB 857, Flip-Flops His Way to Outright Tyranny

California Governor Jerry Brown
California Governor Jerry Brown
Firearms Policy Coalition
Firearms Policy Coalition

Sacramento, CA -( California’s self-appointed gun-controller-in-chief Kevin de León rammed through new legislation which criminalizes the possession of family heirlooms thanks to the capitulation of the state’s “acting” Governor Jerry Brown, said civil rights advocacy organization Firearms Policy Coalition.

Assembly Bill 857, which will require serialization and registration of virtually every firearm possessed in the State, was authored by former Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy and current Assemblyman Jim Cooper, who infamously campaigned on a pro-gun, pro-carry license platform against Scott Jones for sheriff.

“Today’s action by Governor Brown shows how craven California’s despotic ruling class has become,” said Firearms Policy Coalition President Brandon Combs. “The Legislature has abandoned the Constitution, representative government, and the People of California. I fully expect the People to respond in kind.”

FPC believes that AB 857 may very well be the spark to ignite the flame of a political revolution, and that California gun owners will have to carefully weigh the risks of compliance before submitting to an openly tyrannical government that puts them and their Constitutionally-protected property in the crosshairs of a growing police state.

In 2014, Brown vetoed Senate Bill 808 (de León), which would have required effectively the same regulations as AB 857.

In his veto message of SB 808, Brown said, “I appreciate the author’s concerns about gun violence, but I can’t see how adding a serial number to a homemade gun would significantly advance public safety.”

“Governor Brown has shown that he is not only without principle but a coward that cannot stand up to the extremists in his party,” said Combs. “It is sad to see the once-independent Brown bullied into submission by radicals like Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León and others who demonstrate daily their intention to destroy the Constitution and replace it with their favorite flavor of fascism.”

In its June 30 letter to Gov. Brown requesting a veto, FPC argued that, “In addition to many other terminal issues presented in the bill, AB 857 fails to conform its exemptions to federal law, thereby placing potentially hundreds of thousands of good, law-abiding people at the mercy of an unconstitutionally vague criminal statute.”

Piling on to the serious legal and drafting defects, said FPC, the Legislature’s own fiscal analysts concluded that AB 857 will cost state taxpayers millions of dollars to implement, “the cumulative effect of expanded misdemeanors could create General Fund cost pressure on capital outlay, staffing, programming, the courts, and other resources,” and that, because “the DROS [California DOJ’s Dealers’ Record of Sale Special Fund] Account is structurally imbalanced….an appropriation from another fund source, potentially the General Fund, would be required to support the activities required by this bill.”

“Since it appears that he no longer has his own position or takes a leadership role with anything, perhaps the Governor might consider taking over as Senator de León’s chief of staff.”

AB 857 is the latest bill signed by Brown that infringes on individual’s fundamental rights. Earlier this month, Brown signed six anti-civil rights bills, many of which he had vetoed previously.

“Moonbeam,” Gov. Brown’s decades-old nickname coined during his first reign as Governor of California in the 1970s, “should be retired and replaced with something more appropriate given his recent erratic behavior,” said Combs. “‘Flipper’ isn’t just for dolphins anymore.”

FPC said that it intends to challenge this and many other anti-gun laws signed this year, and that gun owners who wish to support those lawsuits can do so by making a tax-deductible donation at to help fund the “Gunpocalypse” litigation efforts.

About Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC):

Firearms Policy Coalition is a grassroots 501(c)4 nonprofit public benefit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

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HMLA-167 Warrior

Give me a bit. I have a call into Ammoland to see if we can exchange email addresses without having to post anything here. Will follow.


Hey HMLA-167 Warrior,
VMO-6 (Klondike/Seaworthy) & VMO-2 (Deadlock) UH-1E Warrior here. May need to take you up on your kind & magnanimous offer. Not sure if you will get my email so how do we make contact?

CCW, holder in Ca.

Clark Kents comment on how many carry permits there is in Ca. is off the wall. I would be safe in saying there is millions of ccw’s in Ca. It just depends on where you live in Ca.

HMLA-167 Warrior

Anyone in Cali who wishes to leave their family heirloom as is, intact, without registration number defiling their weapon may sell it to me. It will be stored and cared for appropriately. When you finally leave the state, you may buy the weapon back at whatever price you sold it to me. Provide me with an email or other contact info and I will provide you with the information to transfer the weapon.


Well, buy a stamp set at the hammer aisle in a Harbor Freight store, cash. Apply a serial of you choosing to your home-built arm. Let the powers who be guess the serial number’s origin.

Given Cali’s increasing violent crime rates (according to CA DOJ), I doubt cops will waste more than a check for a serial number of some kind-if they check at all.


Do the liberals think that eventually citizens won’t revolt against their oppression of property and rights?


Like I said, they’ll not come and knock on your door to steal your weapons, they’ll create more laws where the penalty is your gun rights, if you do not bow to their Orwellian laws. Leave before they require “exit papers” to cross the state line.

Clark Kent

As there are probably only twelve or so folks with ‘carry permits’ in all of California I don’t think much worry is justified.


They aren’t even bothering to even TRY to adhere to the standing court precedent. The antis are betting on the having a left wing gun grabber judge in Scalia’s place to declare this the new “constitutional.”


I feel sorry for all the people with ‘Carry Permits’. They know who you are and what you’re ‘pack’in’. How long before they come after you?

Arizona Bob

I have an idea… just stamp ‘Billy Bob’ and ‘1357’ or whatever on the rec and ignore the registration part. They won’t be able to figure it out anyway. They’re Morons!