SB 715

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 19, 2021
  • Passed Senate Jun 02, 2021
  • Passed Assembly Sep 10, 2021
  • Became Law Sep 23, 2021

Criminal law.

Bill Subjects

Criminal Law.

Abstract

Existing law authorizes the state prosecutor to investigate and gather facts in an incident involving a shooting by a peace officer that results in the death of an unarmed civilian. Existing law defines the Attorney General as the state prosecutor. This bill would also authorize the state prosecutor to investigate and gather facts in an incident involving a shooting by a peace officer that results in the death of a civilian if there is a reasonable dispute as to whether the civilian was armed. Existing law requires the sale, transfer, or loan of a firearm to be processed, as specified, through a licensed firearm dealer. This bill would exempt from these provisions a licensed manufacturer of ammunition, as specified. Existing law prohibits the transfer of a firearm to a minor, except as specified. This bill amends those exceptions to include new requirements for loans based upon the type of firearm and the age of the minor. Existing law requires a dealer who is unable to process the sale, transfer, or loan of a firearm, to return the firearm to the person making the sale, transfer, or loan. This bill would additionally prohibit the dealer from returning a firearm to the person making the sale, transfer, or loan, if that person is prohibited from obtaining a firearm and would, in those cases, provide a procedure by which that person could transfer the firearm to a law enforcement agency or to a third party, as specified. The bill would authorize the dealer to charge a fee for any firearm stored by the dealer pursuant to this procedure. Existing law requires, with certain exceptions, a person who purchases or receives a firearm to possess a valid firearm safety certificate. This bill would extend the exceptions to include a manufacturer of ammunition, as specified, and certain transfers to minors, as specified. Existing law prohibits the sale or transfer of a firearm to any person who does not have a firearm safety certificate, as specified. Existing law also prohibits the sale or transfer of a firearm by a licensed firearm dealer to a person under 21 years of age. Existing law exempts from these provisions the sale, transfer, purchase, or receipt of a firearm, other than a handgun, to or by a person without a firearm safety certificate, but in possession of a valid, unexpired hunting license, or a recently expired hunting license, as specified. Existing law also exempts the sale or transfer of a firearm, other than a handgun or semiautomatic centerfire rifle, to a person 18 years of age or older who possesses a valid, unexpired hunting license, as specified. This bill would, for purposes of these provisions, define a valid and unexpired hunting license and would no longer allow a hunting license from the immediately preceding year to be used for this purpose. The bill would require a dealer to refuse delivery of a firearm if the validity of a hunting license cannot be determined upon visual inspection. Existing law, subject to exceptions, imposes a 10-day waiting period for delivery of a firearm, during which time a background check is conducted by the Department of Justice to determine if the proposed recipient of the firearm is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm. This bill would require the department, commencing July 1, 2025, for sales of firearms to persons under 21 years of age who are eligible to purchase a firearm based upon their possession of a hunting license, to confirm the validity of the hunting license as part of the background check. Existing law permits the Department of Justice to charge a fee sufficient to reimburse it for specified costs related to the sale or transfer of firearms, such as the preparation, sale, processing, and filing of required reports and costs associated with the submission of a Dealers' Record of Sale (DROS) , as specified. Existing law requires that firearm purchaser information be provided to the department exclusively by electronic means. Existing law directs the department to electronically approve the purchase or transfer of ammunition through a vendor at the time of purchase or transfer and prior to the purchaser taking possession of the ammunition, and permits the department to collect certain fees for these purposes. Existing law, commencing on July 1, 2022, directs the department to electronically approve the purchase or transfer of firearm precursor parts through a vendor at the time of purchase or transfer and before the purchaser taking possession of the firearm precursor part, and permits the department to collect certain fees for these purposes. This bill would delete obsolete provisions relating to the department's authority to impose fees for nonelectronic transfers of firearm purchaser information to the department. Existing law prohibits the possession of a handgun by a minor. This bill would additionally prohibit the possession of a semiautomatic centerfire rifle and, commencing July 1, 2023, the possession of any firearm, by a minor, with certain exceptions. This bill would make other conforming changes. By expanding the scope of an existing crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. This bill would declare that certain of its provisions are declaratory of existing law. The bill would state that its provisions are severable. This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 11108.2 of the Penal Code proposed by SB 320 to be operative only if this bill and SB 320 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.

Bill Sponsors (2)

Votes


Actions


Sep 23, 2021

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 250, Statutes of 2021.

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

Sep 15, 2021

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 2:30 p.m.

Sep 10, 2021

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate.

Senate

Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 26. Noes 9.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Senate

In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.

Sep 03, 2021

Assembly

Ordered to third reading.

Assembly

Read third time and amended. (Ayes 51. Noes 11.)

Aug 30, 2021

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 26, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 12. Noes 4.) (August 26).

Aug 19, 2021

Assembly

August 19 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.

Jul 14, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 1.) (July 13). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jun 21, 2021

Assembly

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on PUB. S.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on PUB. S.

Jun 10, 2021

Assembly

Referred to Com. on PUB. S.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on PUB. S.

Jun 02, 2021

Senate

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 30. Noes 7. Page 1378.) Ordered to the Assembly.

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

May 24, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 20, 2021

Senate

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 5. Noes 2. Page 1201.) (May 20).

May 14, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing May 20.

May 04, 2021

Senate

May 3 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file.

Apr 21, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing May 3.

Apr 20, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 4. Noes 1. Page 861.) (April 20). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Mar 24, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing April 20.

Mar 03, 2021

Senate

Referred to Com. on PUB. S.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on PUB. S.

Feb 22, 2021

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 24.

Senate

Joint Rule 55 suspended. (Ayes 32. Noes 4. Page 272.)

Senate

(Ayes 32. Noes 4.)

Senate

Art. IV. Sec. 8(a) of the Constitution dispensed with.

Senate

Read first time.

Feb 19, 2021

Senate

Introduced. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
SB715 HTML
02/19/21 - Introduced PDF
05/20/21 - Amended Senate PDF
06/21/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/03/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/14/21 - Enrolled PDF
09/23/21 - Chaptered PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
04/18/21- Senate Public Safety PDF
04/30/21- Senate Appropriations PDF
05/20/21- Senate Appropriations PDF
05/25/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
07/12/21- Assembly Public Safety PDF
08/16/21- Assembly Appropriations PDF
08/31/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
09/03/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
09/10/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF

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