SANTA MARIA - "This is a Mini-14, this is a simple ranch gun, this is what the people use to keep coyotes away", says Santa Maria gun shop worker Joe DeGeus, "this is something that has been an icon for many years now and this is something that is going to be an assault weapon."
DeGeus displays some of the firearms and accessories targeted by new gun control bills making their way to Governor Jerry Brown for signature.
"This expanded definition of the assault weapons ban is going to include weapons like this which don't have collapsible stocks", DeGeus says.
Among the more controversial bills heading to the Governor, Senate Bill 374 would ban all semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines.
Assembly Bill 48 would ban conversion kits used to turn legal ammunition magazines into illegal, high capacity magazines
And SB 396 would ban possession of all high-capacity ammunition magazines, even those grand fathered-in under California's assault weapons law 1999 update.
"We're expecting a large boom in business", DeGeus says, "now these people are starting to realize, its not a federal ban, it's a state ban, they are going to come in and try to get their weapons before its too late."
The concern for many gun shop owners is some of the bills could actually put them out of business.
"We specialize in tactical weapons, they are not assault weapons by any definition except for California's and here we are getting our toes stepped on", DeGeus says, "I don't think that's right for the Government to do that."
DeGeus points to what he calls a 300 percent increase in gun ownership in California in the past year.
He's urging supporters of the Second Amendment to flood Governor Brown's office with calls and emails urging him to veto the bills.
"The more people we can get to inundate his office and inundate his phones, we have the chance that he might reason things out, think logically instead of with emotion", DeGeus says.
Governor Brown has until October 13 to sign or veto this year's gun control bills.
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