Grassfire Update:

Even though the Vice President's comprehensive report on gun rights and gun violence hasn't yet been made public, numerous sources are reporting the plan includes 19 executive orders that President Obama can take to get around Congress!

Some of the recommendations are said to include tighter background checks, a study by the Centers for Disease Control, restrictions on high-capacity magazines and renewed assault weapons ban legislation.

Phil, the threat of executive order to bypass Congress should serve as a dire warning to gun owners that Obama is coming, and he's not about to let Congress or the Constitution keep him from restricting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

The voices of freedom-loving patriots have never been more important than right now!

We are calling on all Grassfire team members to take immediate action in two critically important ways.

+ + Action Item #1 -- Alert Your Friends

We're asking members of our team to help us add to the large coalition of grassroots patriots who are fighting back through our national "I Support the Second Amendment" petition. Grassfire will leverage these signatures to challenge what we anticipate will be an aggressive push to undercut and erode your Second Amendment rights.

Please forward this message to 30-40 friends and family members and ask them to support our constitutional right to keep and bear arms by going here to read and sign our national petition:

Over the past 24 hours, we've witnessed a record-setting turnout from Americans who are eager to push back against Obama's efforts to limit and restrict their Second Amendment rights. In fact, right now we're seeing 500 grassroots patriots per hour rushing to add their names to this important petition.

But with our rights under siege, Grassfire Nation must NOT let up. Instead, alert your friends!

Grassfire representatives are standing by, ready to hand-deliver petitions to the White House, the Vice President and key members of Congress to push back against legislative efforts to limit our Second Amendment rights. But we need to get the word out about our effort, and we're counting on you!

Urge your family and friends to go here to support the Second Amendment:

+ + Action Item #2 -- Make Your Voice Heard

The second critical action you can take to defeat the coming presidential assault on your constitutional rights is to order Grassfire's "I Support the 2nd Amendment" ReStickers. Just one of these state-of-the-art bumper stickers will tell your friends, neighbors and family members where you stand on Second Amendment rights. Make your voice heard -- and help spread the word!

For your gift of any amount, Grassfire will send you two "I Support the 2nd Amendment" ReStickers, which can be applied and re-applied to virtually any smooth surface.

Go here now to see and order our "I Support the Second Amendment" ReStickers:

Thank you for standing with Grassfire in defense of our Second Amendment rights.

The Grassfire Team

P.S. Reports indicate that Obama may use 19 executive orders to sidestep Congress and restrict your gun rights! Fight back today by ordering your Second Amendment ReStickers and by forwarding this message to your family and friends. Urge them to sign Grassfire's "I Support the Second Amendment" petition.

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New California Gun Laws 2013

AB 1527 - Long Gun Open Carry Ban

The new gun law prohibits open carry of unloaded long guns, such as rifles and shotguns, in public places. This is a follow-up to last year's AB 144, which prohibited the open carry of unloaded handguns in public places. Read the official text of AB 1527 because there are several other provisions within the new gun law. Law now in effect.

SB 1315 - Imitation Firearms

The new gun law authorizes Los Angeles County to enact and enforce an ordinance that is stricter than state law regarding the manufacture, sale, possession or use of any BB device, toy gun, replica of a firearm or other device that is so substantially similar in coloration and overall appearance to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to perceive that the device is a firearm and that expels a projectile that is no more than 16 millimeters in diameter. Read the official text of SB 1315. Law now in effect.

Senate Bill 1367 - Deer, Archery Season, Concealed Firearms

The new gun law revises the Fish and Game Code authorizes a peace officer, whether active or honorably retired, or a person with a valid license to carry a firearm on his or her person while engaged in the taking of deer with bow and arrow, but prohibits taking or attempting to take deer with that firearm. Read the official text of SB 1367. Law now in effect.

Next Year's California Guns Laws Not Yet In Effect

AB 809 - Long Gun Registration Law 2014

AB 809 will require the registration of any newly purchased long guns, starting in 2014. Critics of this new gun law say it violates Second Amendment rights by forcing state registration of rifles and shotguns, and that the only value of long gun registration is in assisting governments to locate and confiscate firearms in the future. Law effective January, 1 2014.

AB 1559 - Firearms Dealer Regulatory Reform 2014

The new gun law provides that, beginning in 2014, the Department of Justice will only charge one fee for a single transaction on the same date and time for taking title or possession of any number of firearms. The new law also clarifies the process for issuance of permits for short-barreled rifles used in the motion picture industry. Read the official text of AB 1559. Law effective January 1, 2014.

Last Year's California Gun Laws Still In Effect

SB 610 - Concealed Handgun Permit Application

SB 610 standardizes the application process for a concealed handgun permit and removes the mandate that a CCW applicant purchase liability insurance before getting the permit. The loudest criticism remains that the concealed handgun permit is still too difficult to obtain --- and perhaps too "political" in the process. Law in effect since last year.

SB 819 - Transfer of Background Check Fees

SB 819 lets the Department of Justice utilize the Dealer Record of Sales (DROS) funds to pay for enforcement of California firearm possession laws in the Armed & Prohibited Persons Systems program.

DROS funds were originally collected from firearm purchasers to pay for the administrative process for background checks. SB 819 amends Section 28225 of the Penal Code.

Critics of this new gun law say that, by diverting DROS background check fees toward gun possession law enforcement, the DROS fund will be depleted of money and necessitate another increase in California fees for background checks in the state. Law in effect since last year.

AB 144 - Unloaded Handgun Open Carry Ban

AB 144 makes the open carrying of an unloaded handgun illegal in California. Critics of this new gun law say the open carrying of firearms by law-abiding Californians results from arbitrary concealed carry laws, which let gun owners from one county get a permit while gun owners in the next county are denied the right. Law in effect since last year.

For an inclusive list of 873 new California laws, read New California Laws 2013.


Joe Biden: White House eying 19 executive actions on guns

By REID J. EPSTEIN | 1/14/13 6:49 PM EST Updated: 1/15/13 9:46 AM EST

The White House has identified 19 executive actions for President Barack Obama to move unilaterally on gun control, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of House Democrats on Monday, the administration’s first definitive statements about its response to last month’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Later this week, Obama will formally announce his proposals to reduce gun violence, which are expected to include renewal of the assault weapons ban, universal background checks and prohibition of high-capacity magazine clips. But Biden, who has been leading Obama’s task force on the response, spent two hours briefing a small group of sympathetic House Democrats on the road ahead in the latest White House outreach to invested groups.

The focus on executive orders is the result of the White House and other Democrats acknowledging the political difficulty of enacting any new gun legislation, a topic Biden did not address in Monday’s meeting.

The executive actions could include giving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authority to conduct national research on guns, more aggressive enforcement of existing gun laws and pushing for wider sharing of existing gun databases among federal and state agencies, members of Congress in the meeting said.

(Also on POLITICO: NRA releases shooting game for ages 4+)

“It was all focusing on enforcing existing law, administering things like improving the background database, things like that that do not involve a change in the law but enforcing and making sure that the present law is administered as well as possible,” said Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.).

The White House declined to comment on the details of what Obama will propose.

(Also on POLITICO: Poll: Gun background checks wanted)

But Biden did indicate that the remains of the Obama campaign apparatus may be activated in the effort.

“He said that this has been a real focus on the policy and that the politics of this issue, that a strategy on the politics of the issue hasn’t been undertaken yet,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) told POLITICO. “He did remind us that the campaign infrastructure is still accessible.”

Biden did not address two of the more significant issues in the gun debate: the appointment of a permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the role violent images in the entertainment industry play in the nation’s gun violence.

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President Obama Didn’t Sign Any Executive Orders Today

Contrary to what you may have heard today — from Bloomberg News,Huffington Post, Salon, and a million other places — President Obama did not sign 23 executive orders at his gun-control event this afternoon. What he did was initiate 23 "executive actions." An executive action is a vague term that can refer to anything done by the executive (the president). Some of the items on the White House's list of 23 "executive actions" — such as "Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health" and "Nominate an ATF director" — are more like personal priorities.

President Obama, in fact, didn't actually sign any executive orders today. He did issue three "presidential memoranda," which, respectively:

So what's the difference between a "presidential memorandum" and an executive order? Not much! According to a 1999 Congressional Research Service report, they're executive orders in all but name:

Another executive tool which has raised many questions is the presidential memoranda. Although they possess a different title than executive orders, it appears as though these instruments are very much alike. Both are undefined, written instruments by which the president directs, and governs actions by, Government officials and agencies. They differ in that executive orders must be published in the Federal Register whereas presidential memoranda are similarly published only if the President determines that they have a "general applicability and legal effect." .... In at least one instance, a federal district court seemed to use the two terms interchangeably.

Basically, for all intents and purposes, a memorandum is an executive order. However, since executive orders are a particularly controversial and politically charged lever of presidential power  (the mere mention of them has inspired talk of impeachment among some of Congress's more firebrand Republicans), it's important to note that they (or something exactly like them) comprised only three of the items on Obama's list of 23 "executive actions."

Ultimately, though, what matters is the nature of the proposal itself, not whether it will be carried out via an "executive action" or an executive order or a presidential memo. And despite the collective conservative freak-out, one could hardly argue that Obama's slate of executive actions — most of which nobody would even have noticed if they weren't announced — infringe on the ability of law-abiding gun owners to continue exercising their Second Amendment rights. Or maybe one could.

President Obama Has Issued Fewer Executive Orders Than Any President in Over 100 Years