SACRAMENTO, Calif. -(Ammoland.com)- AB 736, a bill that would have added to California’s anti-business and anti-second amendment climate failed passage out of the California State Assembly’s Committee on Appropriations.
AB 736 by Asm Mike Gipson (D- Inglewood) would have allowed the California Department of Justice to impose fines on Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) for relatively minor mistakes.
“It’s hard enough to do business as a firearms retailer in California without the state trying to impose additional fines that would tax them out of business,” noted Mike Baryla, President of the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees (CAL-FFL).
Firearms retailers are among the most regulated small businesses in the state. They are often inspected and audited by both state (California Department of Justice) and federal (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) agencies.
Violations discovered from these efforts are often inadvertent record keeping or operating errors by a retailer or their employee; and while worthy of notation and notification, they rarely rise to a level worthy of a fine.
But AB 736 is not just about fines. CAL-FFL believes it is part of disturbing trend in which state and local governments impose burdensome taxes …Read the Rest