An Inland assemblywoman’s bill to make all firearm thefts felonies passed the state Assembly on Tuesday, May 31.
The bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, is a response to Prop. 47, which reduced penalties for firearm theft from a felony to a misdemeanor if the stolen gun is valued at less than $950, according to Melendez’s office.
“I am one of the strongest defenders of the Second Amendment in the state Legislature, but if you steal a gun, jail time should be in your future,” Melendez said in a news release.
The bill, AB 1869, now goes to the Senate Public Safety Committee for a hearing. If passed, the measure would go on the ballot for voter approval.