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CAPITOL UPDATE #24 June 30, 2022

 June 30, 2022

California Federation of Republican Women
Janet Price, President

        Submitted by the CFRW Legislative Analyst Committee        
Karen Contreras, Gretchen Cox, Elaine Freeman, 
 Theresa Speake, and Cheryl Sullivan

AB-1621 Firearms – Un-serialized Firearms
Existing law defines a firearm precursor part as a component of a firearm that is necessary into build or assemble a firearm and is either an unfinished handgun frame or a specified unfinished receiver, receiver tube, or receiver flat.  Under existing law, commencing July 1, 2022, a firearm precursor part is required be sold through a licensed firearm precursor part vendor. 

This bill will redefine a firearm precursor part as any forging, casting, printing, extrusion, machined body or similar article that has reached a stage in manufacture where it may readily be completed, assembled or converted to be used as the frame or receiver of a functional firearm, or that is marketed or sold to the public to become or be used as the frame or receiver of a functional firearm once completed, assembled or converted. 

This bill would extend the definition of a firearm to include a firearm precursor part for the purposes of most criminal and regulatory provisions related to the possession, sale and transfer of a firearm, including provisions which do not apply to a frame or receiver under existing law.  The bill would repeal provisions relating to the sale of firearm precursor parts through a licensed precursor part vendor, and would prohibit the sale, transfer or possession of an unserialized firearm precursor part, except as specified. 

This bill would create a process by which a person may apply to the department for a determination that a particular item or kit is or is not a firearm precursor part.

AB-2644– Custodial Interrogation
Existing law authorizes a peace officer to take a minor into temporary custody when that officer has reasonable cause to believe that the minor has committed a crime or violated an order of the juvenile court. 

In these circumstances, existing law requires the peace officer to advise the minor that anything the minor says can be used against the minor, that the minor has the right to remain silent, that the minor has the right to have counsel present during any interrogation, and that the minor has the right to have counsel appointed if the minor is unable to afford counsel. 

Existing law requires that a youth 17 years of age or younger consult with legal counsel in person, by telephone, or by video conference prior to a custodial interrogation and before waiving any of the above-specified rights.  This bill would, commencing January 1, 2024, prohibit the law enforcement officers from employing threats, physical harm, deception, or psychologically manipulative interrogation tactics, as specified, during an interrogation of a person 25 years of age or younger

This bill would require a probation officer, no later than 2 hours after a minor has been taken into custody, to immediately notify the public defender or if there is not public defender, the indigent defense provider for the county, that the minor has been taken into custody.  By imposing additional duties on local probation departments, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

SB -1000– Law enforcement agencies: radio communication
Existing law establishes the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems (CLETS) to make specified criminal justice databases, including individual criminal histories, wanted and missing persons, and stolen firearms, vehicles, and property, available to participating law enforcement agencies. 

Existing law prohibits unauthorized access to CLETS and the unlawful use of CLETS information by authorized users.  Existing law authorizes the Attorney General to adopt policies, procedures, and practices related to the use of CLETS.  These rules require a participating agency to restrict access to CLTS and define “access” as the ability to see or hear any information obtained from CLETS. 

This bill would require a law enforcement agency, including enforcement agencies, and specified university and college police departments, to, by no later than January 1, 2024, ensure public access to the radio communications of that agency, as specified.  In short, any member of the public would be able to access any and all radio transmissions by your local police/sheriff or other law enforcement.  What an opportunity for the bad guys who will be able to monitor police transmissions – nice job Sacramento!

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