By Curt Hagman
CA State Assembly Member
September 02, 2010
As you may know, the 2009-2010 legislative session ended on August 31st, at midnight. As a fellow
supporter of our Second Amendment right to bear arms, I wanted to be sure and keep you updated on a few important
bills that we were all watching this session.
, which would require California residents to register their shotguns and rifles in addition to their handguns, and
would require law enforcement to permanently keep records of anyone who buys a gun from a dealer or an
Though this bill passed out of the Assembly, the Senate failed to gain enough votes of support before the
, which would make it an offense to carry firearms openly in holsters.
This bill went through many revisions. Though it initially passed out of the Assembly and then the Senate with
amendments, the Assembly failed to approve these amendments before the 12:00amdeadline.
, which would prohibit the possession or use of any shotgun shell loaded with anything other than nontoxic
shot when hunting.
This bill passed through the Assembly but failed to get through the Senate Natural Resources and Water
I want to extend my deepest gratitude to all of you who continue to fight for our 2nd amendment rights.
It is because of your support and resolve that we were able to rally to defeat these harmful proposals. It is
outrageous that these kinds of bills are even being considered. We need to focus our efforts on strengthening the
economy and creating jobs, not punishing and regulating law abiding citizens.
Please continue to spread the word and educate others when our basic rights are challenged. Together, we can
prevail. I will not give up the fight to protect our basic rights and I hope you will also continue this cause.
Thank you for your support.
It is an honor to serve you.
Assemblyman Curt Hagman
National Black Police support pot legalization
African American cops say California's Prop. 19 will protect civil rights and public safety
By David Guard
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A national organization of African American law enforcement officers has announced its
endorsement of Proposition 19, California's initiative to legalize marijuana.
The National Black Police Association (NBPA), which was founded in 1972 and is currently holding its 38th national
conference in Sacramento, is urging a yes vote on legalization this November 2.
"When I was a cop in Baltimore, and even before that when I was growing up there, I saw with my own eyes the
devastating impact these misguided marijuana laws have on our communities and neighborhoods. But it's not just in
Baltimore, or in Los Angeles; prohibition takes a toll on people of color across the country," said Neil Franklin,
a 33-year veteran police officer and executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), an
international group of pro-legalization cops, judges, prosecutors and corrections officials who have been
organizing to support Prop. 19. "This November, with the National Black Police Association's help, Californians
finally have an opportunity to do something about it by approving the initiative to control and tax
On Thursday, Franklin spoke alongside California NAACP president Alice Huffman at the NBPA conference on a panel
about criminal justice issues like marijuana legalization.
Many cops and civil rights leaders are now speaking out against marijuana prohibition because it is not only
ineffective at reducing marijuana use and results in the arrest and incarceration of people of color at a highly
disproportionate rate, but also because making marijuana illegal has created a lucrative black market controlled by
violent gangs and cartels. LEAP has organized a group of more than 30 California police officers, judges,
prosecutors and other criminal justice professionals who support Prop. 19.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and its 30,000 supporters represent police, prosecutors, judges, FBI/DEA
agents and others who want to legalize and regulate drugs after fighting on the front lines of the "war on drugs"
and learning firsthand that prohibition only serves to worsen addiction and violence.
According to NBPA, there are 80,000 black law enforcement officials in the U.S.