California Gun Rights Initiative (2014)
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The measure would have:
- Amended 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."
- Eliminated state firearms owner registration, regulation of ammunition, and assault weapons restrictions.
- Permitted 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.
- Limited seizure of firearms.
- Prohibited special taxes or fees on firearm sales, except sales taxes.
Supporters of the initiative referred to it as the "California Gun Rights Act."
Text of measure
- "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:
- "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
- 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 were required for qualification purposes.
- Supporters had until May 27, 2014, to collect and submit the required number of signatures, as petition circulators are given 150 days to circulate petitions.
- The Secretary of State’s suggested signature filing deadline for the November 4, 2014, ballot was April 18, 2014. This means that if supporters had submitted enough valid signatures by May 27 but after April 18, the measure could have been pushed back as far as the next statewide general election, in November 2016.
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