A newly released report which suggests regulations on small businesses in California have cost the state an estimated $492 million and 3.8 million jobs have spurred gun rights advocates to lobby the governor to veto three upcoming gun control bills.
The report was produced by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office, and prompted the California Association of Firearms Retailers (CAFR) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to focus their efforts on preventing the signing of AB 962, which calls for firearm dealers to keep a registry of ammunition purchases.
Other bills that have been similarly criticized are SB 41, which requires additional paperwork and documentation for firearm sales and SB 585, which would set a precedent for banning gun shows in California.
The governor has until October 11 to veto them.
"The three bills on the governor’s desk will drive still more of our members out of business, taking with them badly needed jobs and tax revenue, further hurting the state’s already poor economy all without doing a thing to improve public safety," says Marc Halcon, president of CAFR.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the number of new guns in the U.S. increases by about 4.5 million each year. The NSSF estimates that the three bills would cost California $35.7 million in lost retail sales.