SB 249 FAQ
Q: Who is the STOP SB 249 campaign and stopsb249.org?
A: The STOP SB 249 campaign is a coalition made up of The Calguns Foundation, Cal-FFL, and and thousands of law-abiding California gun owners and civil rights advocates opposed to SB 249. For more, please visit our About page.
Q: How do we STOP SB 249?
A: See the list of actions on our Take Action page at http://stopsb249.org/take-action.
Q: What is SB 249?
A: Senate Bill 249 (Yee SD-08 “Firearms: assault weapon conversion kits”) is a California State Senate bill authored by Senator Leland Yee designed to prohibit possession, importation, making, selling, transferring, or loaning, any “conversion kit.”
If this Bill passes, beginning July 1, 2013, violating the newly-added gun control laws would subject people to civil and criminal liability.
Penal Code section 17(a) makes a violation of the proposed law a misdemeanor since the proscribed conduct addressed in the bill is not listed as an infraction. (“A felony is a crime that is punishable with death, by imprisonment in the state prison, or notwithstanding any other provision of law, by imprisonment in a county jail under the provisions of subdivision (h) of Section 1170. Every other crime or public offense is a misdemeanor except those offenses that are classified as infractions.” Emphasis added.)
“Conversion kits” could also considered a public nuisance. SB 249 would allow a prosecutor to bring a civil action against the person possessing such a kit. Such a civil action could impose a fine and will require the owner to surrender their weapon without compensation.
For a thorough evaluation of SB 249 and it’s many hidden (and some not-so-hidden) dangers, please see the Davis & Associates legal analysis here.
Q: What exactly is a “conversion kit”?
A: According to the bill’s text, “a conversion kit means either of the following:
(1) Any combination of parts that, when affixed to a firearm with a fixed magazine, are designed and intended to convert that firearm into an assault weapon as defined by one of the following: (A) Paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 30515. (B) Paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) of Section 30515. (C) Paragraph (7) of subdivision (a) of Section 30515.
(2) Any part that, when affixed to a firearm with a fixed magazine, is designed solely and exclusively to convert that firearm into an assault weapon as defined by one of the following: (A) Paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 30515. (B) Paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) of Section 30515. (C) Paragraph (7) of subdivision (a) of Section 30515.”
Q: What is the problem with SB 249?
A: There are many. For starters, the definition of “conversion kit” within proposed Penal Code section 30527(a) of SB249 encompasses “any combination of parts” (plural) whether or not the individual possess a firearm capable of accepting the combination of parts. Under this regulation, it is not necessary to even have a firearm to violate this provision; mere importing, making, selling, loaning, transferring or possessing the parts to a “conversion kit” is a violation.
This “combination of parts” within proposed Penal Code section 30527(a) of SB249 is not limited to “Mag Magnets” and other locking device accessories, but applies to any “parts” designed or intended to convert a “fixed magazine” firearm into an “assault weapon.” A “Mag Magnet” cannot, by itself, convert a “non-detachable magazine” firearm into an “assault weapon.” Other features are required. Arguably, all other features identified as “assault weapon features” are therefore included within this definition. Thus, a “conversion kit” can conceivably include any of the following:
A magazine locking device accessory that converts a firearm with a “non-detachable magazine” into a firearm with a “detachable magazine;”
A detachable magazine kit, OEM or aftermarket;
A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon,
A thumbhole stock;
A telescoping stock;
A grenade launcher;
A flare launcher;
A flash suppressor;
A forward pistol grip;
A large capacity magazine;
A threaded barrel, capable of accepting a flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer;
A second hand grip,
A shroud that is not attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel that allows the bearer to fire the weapon without burning his or her hand, except a slide that encloses the barrel,
A firearm with any of the above referenced items affixed in a manner that they cannot be removed;
A firearm with the capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip;
A firearm receiver;
Any other part used in an “assault weapon.”
As such, the mere possession, importation, selling, of any combination of the above referenced “parts” could cause someone to be arrested and defend oneself against allegations that they intended to convert a firearm into an “assault weapon.”
And, because of the broad scope of affected items, firearms retailers would effectively have to cease operations as they could not lawfully sell or possess more than one of any item described above without facing potential criminal and civil liability.
Q: What training will law enforcement receive in order to identify these “conversion kits” and how will it be paid for?
A: SB 249 does not provide for or mandate training for the law enforcement officers charged with enforcing this bill. Any training would be left to the discretion–and funding–of overworked and cash-strapped law enforcement agencies like your local police department. Worse, there is zero public outreach or education planned as part of the bill. SB 249 potentially makes law-abiding gun owners, and anyone who possesses a “conversion kit”, a criminal and subjects their firearms to confiscation – and they may never know it until they are arrested and/or their firearms are seized.
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With Notice of Patent and Trademark Infringement letter starting surface across the country the future of the BUMPFIRE stock will be decided in Federal Court and it will have nothing to do with ATF.
Fostech Outdoors, LLC
v. Slide Fire Solutions, Inc.
Complaint for Patent Infringement
Civil Action No. 1:12-cv-00289-WTL-DML, the Hon. William T. Lawrence presiding.
Filed on March 5, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana;
Indianapolis, IN- Patent attorneys for Fostech Outdoors, LLC of Paris Crossing, Indiana filed a patent infringement suit in the Southern District of Indiana alleging Slide Fire Solutions, Inc. of Moran, Texas infringed patent no. 6101918, METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ACCELERATING THE CYCLIC FIRING RATE OF A SEMI-AUTOMATIC FIREARM, which has been issued by the US Patent Office.
The patented technology is described as “bump fire stocks” which are a device that, when attached to certain firearms, allows the firearm to rapidly fire multiple shots. The complaint alleges that Slide makes, imports, and/or sells a product called “SSAR-15 stock” that infringes the ’918 patent “when used in conjunction with certain firearms assemblies.” The complaint alleges that Slide actively induces other to infringe the Fostech’s patent and that Slide should be liable for contributory infringement because it knows there are no non-infringing uses for its product. The complaint makes one claim of patent infringement and seeks an injunction, damages, costs and attorney fees.
Practice Tip: The plaintiff here has made a claim of contributory patent infringement, which governed by 35 U.S.C. § 271(b) and is defined as selling or importing a device “for use in practicing a patented process, constituting a material part of the invention, knowing the same to be especially made or especially adapted for use in an infringement of such patent, and not a staple article or commodity of commerce suitable for substantial noninfringing use”
Personal jurisdiction may be an issue in this case. The plaintiff alleges Slide regularly conducts business in Indiana and the events giving rise to the suit occurred in Indiana. However, none of the specific acts of infringement seem to have occurred in Indiana.
This case has been assigned to Judge William T. Lawrence and Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch in the Southern District of Indiana and assigned Case No. 1:12-cv-00289-WTL-DML
Further Information about the case is as follows:
FOSTECH OUTDOORS, LLC v. SLIDE FIRE SOLUTIONS, INC.
Assigned to: Judge William T. Lawrence
Referred to: Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch
Cause: 35:145 Patent Infringement
Case #: 1:12-cv-00289-WTL-DML
Complaint-Fostech, LLC v Sliding Fire Solutions, Inc.
Bumpfiring uses recoil of the rifle to fire rapidly. The firer holds the foregrip with the non trigger hand. The trigger finger thus remains stationary in front of the trigger.after the first round is fired and after recoil while the firearm is returning to its normal position, it resets and presses against the finger to fire successive shots. With these speedy bursts from semi-automatic firearms the firer gets an phantasm of firing an automatic gun though is not actually converted into an automated.
The Cobra bumpfire stock is styleed for usage on stamped receiver AKs and installs on all AK47/AK74 with or stock standard trunion (no folders). It works equally well on coveted Saiga rifles with moved forward trigger and installed pistol grip but not the basic ones. The material used is aircraft aluminum which also gives a clean looks and feel.
Each Cobra bumpfire stock comes with an Interface obstruct, Cobra bumpfire Rifle Stock, Nut Retainer, Hex Key, Mounting equipment, Installation / Operating guidelines. By eradicating the original pistol grip and substitute of factory fitted stock – the Cobra bump fire conveniently powerpoint slides into the Interface obstruct.
There is no requirement of a gunsmith to fix the Cobra bumpfire stock as no modification of the weapon is required and the only other assembly itemthat is needed is an AR-15 buffer tube. Installation instructions.
usually inexperienced shooters can quickly unfastened handle while bump firing if they don’t know what they are undertaking but this radical layout of Cobra bumpfire stock assures that the shooter can hold and aim the firearm correctly specially for the duration of hip firing without compromising own safety or that of individuals nearby. Since the shooter is required to be corrected for each shot, thus stopping upward muzzle push due to recoil.
So for avid gun enthusiast, who have always dreamt of possessing an automated but do not own one, the wait can be considered as over with the invent of the Cobra bump fire stock by PIEM.
In addition to the AR-15 platform the Cobra is made for the Mini-14 family as well. The use of TAPCO stocks are required on the Mini-14 family.
About the Author
Louis Ringe, a Riverside County Sheriffs Department, retired Certified Armorer is well versed in the area of guns and frequently uses blogs to display the professional uses of guns. Read more about AR-15 Bump Fire Stocks at his Blog: http://blog.fandwguns.com
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