At least some good news from California
LaMalfa Bill to Prevent Firearm Confiscation Signed:
National Rifle Association Praises LaMalfa Bill
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa’s AB 1645 was signed into law over the weekend by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The legislation prevents state and local government from confiscating firearms from law abiding citizens during emergencies.
During the State of Emergency after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans officials issued confiscation orders for all firearms, including those possessed by law abiding citizens trying to protect themselves and their property. The confiscation left law abiding citizens at the mercy of armed thugs and looters, with little hope of protection by law enforcement. Many residents of New Orleans are still waiting to get their guns back and are currently suing the City of New Orleans over the confiscations.
“The most basic cornerstone of our liberty and safety is the ability and right to own and keep firearms,” said Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa. “What more basic need is there than to protect the safety of your family in a time of emergency? Firearms are the most immediate form of protection for families in an emergency. Law enforcement cannot be everywhere and the ability of individuals to protect themselves and their families from would-be-criminals is vital.”
National Rifle Association Chief Lobbyist Chris Cox said, “In passing this law, Assemblyman LaMalfa and California’s General Assembly acted to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners when their rights are most vital. During a time when there is no 9-1-1 or police upon which to rely, honest citizens will never again have to worry that their only means of self protection from looters or thugs will be taken away by the government.”
“On behalf of our thousands of NRA members in California, I want to thank Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa for his leadership and commitment to bringing the ‘Emergency Powers’ bill to passage in both chambers of the General Assembly,” concluded Cox. “His support was instrumental in seeing this fundamental protection signed into law.”
Assemblyman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing the Second Assembly District including Shasta, Tehama, Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Modoc, Siskiyou, Sutter and Yolo counties.