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Alejo Introduces New Gun Prohibition Bill

The bill would make criminals convicted for gun crimes unable to own guns for 10 years.

Contributed by the office of Assemblymember Luis Alejo:

Assemblymember Luis Alejo, whose 30th District includes Gilroy and Watsonville, introduced AB 740 on Thursday, which addresses the issue of criminal firearm related sales and ownership.

The bill will add five existing misdemeanors to the 10-year firearm prohibition list, and will clarify that a person dealing in five or more firearms transactions a year is required to have a license. This bill is part of a larger package of firearm legislation being introduced by Alejo and five other concerned members of the State Assembly.

“I support the 2nd Amendment. But if you are an irresponsible gun owner and break the law, you should lose the right to own a firearm for a period of time,” said Alejo. “I have seen too many images of families torn apart by criminal behavior involving firearms, and I’m not going to sit by idly and wait for more. The safety of our children and families has to be top priority and I am willing to fight for their protection.”

Specifically, AB 740 will prohibit a person from owning a gun for 10 years if they carry ammunition onto school property, provide ammunition to a person who is prohibited under the law from possessing ammunition, or sell, lease, or transfer a firearm without a license. All of these acts are already misdemeanors under the law and punishable by imprisonment, a fie, or both. 

The bill will also restart the 10-year prohibition clock if a person under the prohibition is found with a firearm or ammunition. However, under certain circumstances, the prohibition can be reduced or eliminated if the person can show that they are a safe, responsible, and lawful gun owner.

This bill does not create any new violations of law. It simply deters illegal and reckless firearm related behavior. For example, if you’ve been convicted of illegally selling a firearm or carrying live ammunition onto school property, you should lose the right to own a gun for 10 years. 

“But, an individual can earn back that right by showing a history of respecting the law,” said Alejo. “If you are a responsible gun owner, this bill will not affect you.  If you are irresponsible and break the law, your right to have gun will be taken away. It’s just common sense.”

This bill will be eligible to be heard in a California State Assembly policy committee after 30 days of being in print.

OldTimeGilroy February 22, 2013 at 02:43 PM
"All of these acts are already misdemeanors under the law and punishable by imprisonment, a fie, or both." "This bill does not create any new violations of law." So essentially the greasy little worm is doing some grandstanding with expensive, useless legislation? No surprise.
Cedric Elg February 22, 2013 at 03:51 PM
If a criminal wants a gun, he will get a gun one way or another. No legislation will stop him. Does Alejo come up with these dumb ideas on his own or is there someone telling him what to do?
Jim Jennings February 22, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Exactly on both accounts.
randy February 22, 2013 at 04:30 PM
So essentially the greasy little worm is doing some grandstanding with expensive, useless legislation?<< So what else is new with this fellow? Anything for a photo op or as you said grandstanding.
Dave February 22, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I think that if someone provides a firearm to a convicted felon or to someone that by law can not legally posses a firearm, that supplier should face a minimum of 10 years in a federal prison and be charged with a felony. The second time they get caught will magnify the sentence to a mandatory 15 years.from there on it doubles in time. No plea barganing when it comes to capital crimes that involve weapons of any sort. It's time those that create our laws start going after real criminals. Before the politicans force us to resort to private justice.
Yolanda February 22, 2013 at 07:53 PM
I don't have a problem with adding these misdemeanors to the list. I'd actually prefer that those who are engaged in "criminal behavior involving firearms" be prohibited from having guns ever; to me, that would be a consequence that makes sense, but this is a place to start. I'm also glad to see that the law about who needs a license to sell guns will be clarified. Sometimes it's about baby steps. If a politician needs to get his picture taken to be encouraged to get out in front of the nay-sayers and the very vocal minority that is the NRA, and put his name on these bills so we can take one more tiny step, that's OK with me.
Yolanda February 22, 2013 at 07:58 PM
I think you have a great idea about going after the suppliers. Have you called any of your representatives to tell them your idea and ask them to get on the ball with something like this?
David H. Perez February 23, 2013 at 01:08 AM
I think it is the crazies that have no record we need to worry about more than the ones with a record that we are already keeping some tabs on. I agree that Alejo is just grandstanding once again and he offers nothing particularly new or valuable, as usual. The Patch sure likes giving him attention though.
OldTimeGilroy February 23, 2013 at 01:25 AM
"I think it is the crazies that have no record we need to worry about more than the ones with a record that we are already keeping some tabs on." Certainly agree. I've had a lot of guns for almost 50 years and they've hurt nobody. Yet some loony tooner being treated by a shrink grabs one and murders many and all of a sudden that's my fault. It was the ACLU that essentially closed the mental hospitals, you know. Read O’Connor v. Donaldson, 422 U.S. 563 (1975).
Cathy P. February 23, 2013 at 04:17 PM
"...if you are an irresponsible gun owner and break the law, you should lose the right to own a firearm for a period of time,” said Alejo. “But, an individual can earn back that right by showing a history of respecting the law...” --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So, irresponsible gun owners who break the law eventually get their guns back by "showing a history of respecting the law." How is this determined? If they have their guns taken away, how will they show respect for the law? Just be a good boy and you'll get your gun back. This isn't like taking away somebody's XBOX for a week or two or being grounded. Irresponsible gun owners should have their guns taken away FOREVER!
McGaylen February 24, 2013 at 07:41 PM
I say all you responsible law abiding citizens out there, should get a gun. So you can protect yourself and your loved ones from these " Irresponsible criminals ." No law will stop a criminal from getting a gun. So basically No law will protect you. You need to be ready to protect and keep your family safe. Remember : ( GUN'S DON'T KILL PEOPLE, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE )
randy February 25, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Has anyone read this about Alejo: "Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, provided intricate details about some of his expenditures. He reimbursed a staff member $43.09 for helium for balloons at a campaign event. But he didn't go into details of a pair of trips, in April and June, to Arizona with a "household member" that cost $961. He provided no details about a US Airways $449 flight in October, or two Southwest Airlines flights worth $680 in January. He also spent $3,389 on artwork and frames for his office. " Of course he is among a couple others. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_22657319/examination-spending-reports-shows-lots-details-lacking
Average Joe March 17, 2013 at 08:25 AM
What a typical useless democrat ass.
Taylor Langdon March 25, 2013 at 03:42 AM
A criminal will break the law anyways. Regardless.
Average Joe April 04, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Alejo! Another left wing gun grabber putting up more useless gun laws that will only punish law abiding citizens. Look how great gun control has worked in your beloved Mexico you worthless POS!
Average Joe April 04, 2013 at 02:41 AM
You noticed that this isn't even a legitimate news story. It is a self serving press release by the POS itself. What an ass.

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