Sacramento, CA (September 30, 2014) – In what is being hailed as a significant victory for common sense, California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed Senate Bill 808. The measure, authored by Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), would have required firearms to have a permanent, Department of Justice-issued serial number. Additionally, the proposal would have banned the sale or transfer of all home-built firearms.
"Governor Brown was absolutely right to veto SB 808," said Brandon Combs, president of California Association of Federal Firearm Licensees (CAL-FFL). "Senator de León's bill would have created a nightmare for law enforcement and law-abiding gun owners alike."
In his veto message for SB 808, Brown said that he "can't see how adding a serial number to a homemade gun would significantly advance public safety."
"Today's veto of SB 808 means that law-abiding Californians won't face a loss of their personal property under Senator de León's incredibly misguided campaign against Second Amendment civil rights," Combs said. "For the second time this year, the people of our great state won a decisive victory against de León's radical anti-gun agenda."
All of Senator de León's major gun control bills in the 2013-2014 legislative session failed to become law. SB 53, a proposal to severely restrict ammunition purchases and create a new state ammunition bureaucracy within the DOJ, was rejected by the Assembly on August 30.