Newsletter from Representative Cedric Hayden ~ May 4, 2015
Todays Update on 941: This bill has passed the Senate and has also just passed the House. The bill was exclusively supported by Democrats in both the House and Senate, and is now awaiting the Governor's signature.
This could mean to lifelong friends and hunting buddies that they could be subject to significant fines, misdemeanors, and felonies - simply by the act of allowing their friend to borrow a hunting rifle, or to safe-keep their guns while on vacation.
House Bill 941 inconsiderate of foster children
The current language of House Bill 941, the bill pertaining to mandatory background checks creates felons out of parents who care for wards of the court, guardians, psychological parenting rights, and foster parents.
If one of these parents had their child attend and complete a hunter safety course, provided them with a hunting license, and loaned them a hunting rifle to hunt; the parents would receive stiff penalties. It would result in either a one-time misdemeanor if it was with one child, or a Class B felony if they had two children go through this process.
The same penalties also apply to active duty military and veterans between the age of 18 - 20 for handguns.
This bill passed the Senate floor by a 17 - 13 margin, with exclusively Democrat support. The House has also voted along party lines by a 32 - 28 margin, moving the bill to Governor Brown's desk to either veto or sign into law.
It isn't fair to restrict the rights of foster children from those that are granted to biological ones, nor is it considerate to restrict firearm usage for active service members or young veterans.
Representative Cedric Hayden
House District 7