GUNS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Adds and amends statutes concerning ownership, registration, and sale of guns. Requires that all concealable firearms (handguns) be registered by November 2, 1983. Makes registration information confidential. Specifies procedures concerning sale and transfer of handguns by dealers and private parties. Restricts Legislature from banning ownership of shotguns, long rifles, or registered handguns and from requiring registration of shotguns or long rifles. Limits number of handguns to number in circulation in California on April 30, 1983. Specifies violation penalties, including imprisonment for certain violations. Provides specified civil damage liability upon unlawful transfer of concealable firearms. Contains other provisions. Summary of Legislative Analyst's estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact: Would have an indeterminable impact on state and local governments. Administrative costs: There would be major state and local administrative costs reimbursed in whole or in part by fees charged to affected handgun owners. Program costs: This measure would have an unknown impact on the costs of maintaining the criminal justice system. Revenues: This measure could impact sales and income tax revenues. Variables involved for each are discussed in more depth in Analyst's estimate.
Popular Vote Results
Y: 2840154; A: 37.2; N: 4799586; B: 62.8
Peter J. Pitchess, Sheriff Emeritus, County of Los Angeles; John J. Norton, Chief of Police, Foster City President of the California Police Chiefs Association; Cornelius P. Murphy, Chief of Police, City of San Francisco
Carol Ruth Silver, Supervisor, City and County of San Francisco; Richard K. Rainey, Sheriff, Contra Costa County; Robert L. Fusco, President, California Wildlife Federation
Rebuttal Against Author
Peter J. Pitchess, Sheriff Emeritus, County of Los Angeles; Joseph D. McNamara, Chief of Police, City of San Jose; William B. Kolender, Chief of Police, City of San Diego
HANDGUN REGISTRATION California Proposition 15 (1982).