Monday, September 23, 2013Governor Jerry BrownState CapitolSacramento, CA 95814Regarding: Request for VETO of SB 299 (DeSaulnier)Dear Governor Brown,I write you today on behalf of the thousands of members and supporters of CaliforniaAssociation of Federal Firearms Licensees (CAL-FFL), California’s largest firearms industry andconsumer advocacy association, to express our STRONG OPPOSITION to SB 299.SB 299 criminalizes, with no exceptions, any failure to report a lost or stolen firearm to lawenforcement within 48 hours.The one group of people who could not be prosecuted under SB 299 are those most likely touse a firearm in the commission of a crime. Felons and others prohibited from possessingfirearms cannot be charged with failure to report a lost or stolen gun -- requiring them to do sowould violate their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination (for the crime of possessinga gun in the first place, possibly even by operation of another crime).As you poignantly stated in your veto message
for Senator DeSaulnier’s last attempt to createsuch a law, “For the most part, responsible people report the loss or theft of a firearm andirresponsible people do not. I am skeptical that this bill would change those behaviors.”We respectfully ask that you VETO SB 299.Sincerely, _______________ Craig DeLuzLegislative Advocatecc: June Clark, Deputy Legislative Secretary
Veto message at http://gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_1366_Veto_Message.pdf, last visited September 20,2013.