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California Gun Rights Initiative (2014)

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A California Gun Rights Initiative (#13-0031) has been approved for circulation in California as a contender for the November 4, 2014 ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment.[1]

If the initiative qualifies for the ballot and is approved by the state's voters, it will:

  • Amend the California Constitution to "establish a right to acquire, possess, transport, transfer, and use firearms for lawful purposes, including for defense of self, family, home, and property."
  • Eliminate state firearms owner registration, regulation of ammunition, and assault weapons restrictions.
  • Permit limited state regulation in the areas of possession of firearms and ammunition by, and sale to, the dangerous mentally ill and felons; handguns for those under 21; tefloncoated, armor-piercing, or explosive ammunition; concealed weapons; fully automatic weapons; and background checks.
  • Limit seizure of firearms.
  • Prohibit special taxes or fees on firearm sales, except sales taxes.

Supporters of the initiative refer to it as the "California Gun Rights Act."

Text of measure

Ballot title:

Firearms Regulation. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Official summary:

"Amends California Constitution to establish a right to acquire, possess, transport, transfer, and use firearms for lawful purposes, including for defense of self, family, home, and property. Eliminates state firearms owner registration, regulation of ammunition, and assault weapons restrictions. Permits limited state regulation in areas of: possession of firearms and ammunition by, and sale to, the dangerous mentally ill and felons; handguns for those under 21; tefloncoated, armor-piercing, or explosive ammunition; concealed weapons; fully automatic weapons; and background checks. Limits seizure of firearms. Prohibits special taxes or fees on firearm sales, except sales taxes."

Fiscal impact statement:

(Note: The fiscal impact statement for a California ballot initiative authorized for circulation is jointly prepared by the state's Legislative Analyst and its Director of Finance.)

"Unknown increase in state sales tax revenue due to increased purchases of firearms, ammunition, and accessories. Reduction in local sales tax revenues of several million dollars annually due to the elimination of local sales taxes on firearm-related purchases. Reduction of around $30 million in annual revenue from fees applied to firearm purchases for various firearm regulation and enforcement activities. Costs for some of these activities would still be incurred by state and local governments if the measure was enacted. Reduction in state and local correctional costs that could eventually exceed a couple million dollars annually."

Path to the ballot

See also: Signature requirements for ballot measures in California
Note: April 18, 2014 is the deadline for initiative and referendum proponents to submit collected signatures to county election officials, as suggested by the California Secretary of State.[2] The deadline, however, has operated in the past as a date of assured consideration. Signatures for initiatives, such as 2012's Proposition 30 and Proposition 31, have been submitted upwards of eighteen days after the deadline and still qualified for the general election ballot for that year. Proponents of initiatives who submit their signatures after the April 18 deadline for 2014, but by their initiative's petition circulation deadline, and have their initiative qualified, will have their initiative placed on the 2016 ballot.
  • Robert Carrell submitted a letter requesting a ballot title on October 29, 2013.
  • A ballot title and ballot summary were issued by the Attorney General of California's office on December 26, 2013.
  • 807,615 valid signatures are required for qualification purposes.
  • The 150-day circulation deadline for #13-0031 is May 27, 2014. Filing sufficient signatures by that date would not allow the initiative to compete on the November 4, 2014 ballot.
  • The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014 ballot is April 18, 2014.

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