California Legislative Update: 3/28

Scored Votes

Assembly Public Safety Committee

The committee passed the following graded legislation, all of which have now been referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for further action:

✔ AB 340 (passed with a 5-0 vote with three abstentions). This legislation authorizes counties (through a grant from the Department of Justice) to create a Disarming Prohibited Persons task force to find and prosecute individuals possessing firearms who are prohibited from doing so.

AB 645 (passed 8-0). This bill requires anti-suicide language to be printed on packaging accompanying the sale of a firearm and requires the test for a handgun safety certificate to also include the topic of suicide. It, too, has been referred to the Appropriations Committee for further action.

🚨✔ AB 688 (passed 5-2). LEAP Forward is weighting action on AB 688 as a key piece of legislation. It would make leaving an unsecured firearm in an unattended vehicle punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and require firearms to be secured:

  • By locking the firearm in the vehicle’s trunk and securing the firearm to the vehicle’s frame using a steel cable lock or chain and padlock

  • By locking the firearm in a locked container that is fixed to the frame of the vehicle by a steel cable lock or chain and padlock in the trunk or elsewhere in the vehicles interior that is not in plain view

  • By locking the firearm in a locked container that is permanently affixed to the trunk or elsewhere in the vehicle that is not in plain view; and

  • By locking the firearm in a locked tool box or utility box.