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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

EPIC FAIL!!! SB 798 HAS FAILED PASSAGE.

Sorry for the whole, all-caps and multiple exclamation points.  But SB 798 has failed...for now.

http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0751-0800/sb_798_bill_20110906_status.html

California Senator Kevin de Leon could bring the bill back, but my understanding is that he'll likely have to wait until next year.  Hopefully, by then, he'll be too distracted with drafting other terrible legislation to focus on contributing to California's unemployment rate and crippled tax revenues via the Airsoft industry.  Technically, the bill has gone back on the "daily file" since Tuesday and will remain there for 2 to 4 days from that time, but I have it on good authority from a source inside the California legislative system that in all probability, the SB 798 is probably dead unless de Leon wants to take it up again during next year's session.  

I can't say that was the best grammar I've ever used, but I'm not going to change it now. 

This doesn't mean we should all just relax and let our guard down.  SB 798 should be a severe wake-up call that we, as an industry, need to shape up and make safety and responsible gun ownership (real or Airsoft) a top priority.  Realize that this is a controversial hobby in the eyes of the general public and a pretty easy target for politicians like de Leon.  As we've seen, if we are not careful, we could lose everything.  We came awfully close.  But enough of the lecturing for now.  Break out the Airsoft Champagne (or Sparkling Cider if you're not of legal age).

Congratulations to all of you who made the effort 
to oppose this bill.  
It was a team effort and an excellent illustration of what happens when we stick together to put up a united front.  


Airsoft shall prevail. 

P.S. Special thanks to my ol' college buddy, Tristan B. for providing me with some expert insight on the results from Tuesday's Committee on Public Safety hearing.

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