Governor Jerry Brown today signed Senator Mark Leno and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s SB 140, which takes $24 Million from a fund designated for firearm background checks and mis-appropriates it to other, unauthorized Department of Justice programs.
Principal co-authors include Senators Joel Anderson of El Cajon and Loni Hancock of Berkeley. Notably, the Department is also seeking an additional budget allocation of $4 Million to replace some of the $24 Million lost through SB 140.
For years, the DOJ unlawfully over-collected Dealers Record of Sale (DROS) fees from firearm acquirers, amassing a surplus of millions of dollars. According to state law, the DROS funds had one purpose — to support the DROS electronic background check system itself.
“SB 140 is nothing less than the State of California profiting from years of unconstitutional overcharges by the California Department of Justice,” said Brandon Combs, executive director of The Calguns Foundation. “Senator Leno’s two-step theft of law abiding gun owners’ money is begging for public scrutiny, perhaps even litigation.”