On March 8, Assembly Member Kevin McCarty introduced Assembly Bill 2450. Clearly, it is Mr. McCarty’s goal to diminish gun ownership, as he and his gun control advocates are now going after gun stores. To summarize:
- A prohibition on licensee business premises being on a residential property.
- A clear statement that localities may impose more restrictive requirements on licensees than those imposed by state law.
- A requirement that licensees maintain full color video surveillance that is of sufficient quality to provide for facial recognition and records all firearm transactions on the premises, all locations where firearms and ammunition are stored, the immediate exterior of the licensed premises, and all parking facilities owned by the licensee. The video equipment would be required to run during all business hours and be set to begin recording when motion is detected at all other times. The licensee would have to certify to having compliant video equipment at least yearly and make any needed repairs to the equipment within 15 days of any damage. The footage would need to be stored on the premises for at least five years, but that could be extended if the footage may be part of a law enforcement investigation. Licensees would also be required to post a prominent sign indicating that customers are being recorded.
- All licensees would be required to have a liability policy of a minimum of $1M per incident to cover liability arising from “theft, sale, lease or transfer or offering for sale, lease or transfer of a firearm or ammunition, or any other operations of the business and business premises.”*
We know how easy it is to get caught up in our lives and think that our small contribution will not make a difference. But small contributions add up, and we need all the help we can get to save our gun ownership rights. We highly encourage you to contact members of the assembly and urge them to oppose this bill.
*Summary received from NRA ILA via e-mail blast.