Sheriff Stan Sniff Opposes Mark DeSaulnier's Restrictive Gun Controls

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Sheriff Stan Sniff Opposes Mark DeSaulnier's Restrictive Gun Controls

CREATED Apr. 23, 2013

April 23, 2013


The Honorable Mark DeSaulnier
Member California State Senate
California State Capitol, Room 5035
Sacramento, CA 95814
Subject: Opposition to SB 293


Dear Senator DeSaulnier:


As the Sheriff of Riverside County, I oppose SB 293. This bill would prohibit the retail sale of any handguns that were not “owner-authorized”, 18 months after the California Attorney General reports that these new types of firearms are available for retail sale.

I oppose this bill based in part on the completely unproven nature of the “owner-authorized” or so-called “smart gun” technology. While a number of companies are experimenting with this technology, and have done so for many years, it is far from being proven or reliable. I oppose this bill because 18 months would not be a long enough period of time, after “smart guns” became available, to ensure the reliability, safety and consistency of this technology. This should be a time-tested, market tested and proven technology before it is ever imposed upon the citizens of California. This topic should be revisited only after “smart gun” technology has become time tested and well-proven.

Because “smart guns” are an untested, unproven, and could remain an unreliable technology for years after it becomes available for retail sale, it appears to me this bill is extraordinarily premature.
Self-defense firearms have much at stake for our citizens and this bill is imprudent and I therefore oppose.

Sincerely,


Sheriff Stan Sniff, Riverside County


CC: Assemblymember Chris Holder, 41st District (Co-Author)
California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA)
Riverside County Legislative Representatives

 

April 23, 2013


The Honorable Mark DeSaulnier
Member California State Senate
California State Capitol, Room 5035
Sacramento, CA 95814
Subject: Opposition to SB 299


Dear Senator DeSaulnier,


As the Sheriff of Riverside County, I am opposed to SB 299, which would require persons to report the theft or loss of their firearm to local law enforcement within 48 hours of the time it occurred; and report to local law enforcement within 48 hours if the firearm is subsequently recovered.

This bill would place firearm owners in direct jeopardy of criminal prosecution for becoming a victim of a crime, and it flies in the face of everything law enforcement has been taught in community-oriented policing. This bill would place criminal liability on the firearm’s owner regardless of whether they knew their firearm was stolen. And it also unfairly impacts many of our ethnic minorities within our population.

Firearm owners normally report their stolen firearms to law enforcement; however, the criminal penalties associated with this bill could cause crime victims to refuse to cooperate with police if their stolen firearm is recovered. A firearm’s owner, who was not aware of the legal requirement to report the loss or theft of a firearm and who is contacted by police investigating a crime, could face criminal prosecution for failing to report the firearm as stolen or missing. Such an owner might need to hire a lawyer, who would likely advise them to remain silent while immunity is negotiated, rather than quickly supplying officers with the information they need to properly and promptly investigate a crime.

This bill does nothing to help law enforcement in our community and places our citizens in increased criminal jeopardy, and I must therefore oppose SB 299.

Sincerely,


Sheriff Stan Sniff, Riverside County
CC: California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA)
Riverside County Legislative Representatives

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