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Oppose CA Measure To Forbid Guns In Charitable Fundraising

Mar 23, 2018

Safari Club International’s ability to raise funds to support its missions will be stunted if Assembly Bill 3199, sponsored by Assembly Member Chris Holden (D-41), becomes law.

On Tuesday, March 20, the bill was gutted and amended with language taken from legislation pertaining to California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) that would prohibit a nonprofit organization fundraising drawing to have a firearm as a prize. The bill has been referred to Assembly Governmental Organization Committee where it awaits a hearing date.

This legislation will directly impact many charitable organizations, including Safari Club International and its chapters. If enacted, this legislation would limit fundraising drawings as a source of funds for wildlife management, conservation, education, public service and other worthwhile projects and activities.

Firearms that are used as raffle prizes must be transferred through a licensed firearms dealer where the prospective recipient is subject to all California and federal laws, including background checks, proof of a firearms safety certificate or alternative, a safe handling demonstration and a 10-day waiting period.

Use SCI’s Action Center to contact elected officials and voice opposition to Assembly Bill 3199.

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