August 2020 Meeting Minutes

Kern River Valley Gun Association

Meeting Minutes

Thursday, August 27, 2020


Meeting called to order at 6:28 PM at the Kern River Valley gun range classroom and began with the flag salute



  • New Members and first-time attendees – none
  • 16 members present


Past Meeting Minutes: Kee Johnson read the meeting minutes for July 23, 2020.  Approved.


President’s Report: Jeff Evans

  • Public opening – Still on hold.
  • Anonymous donation received to purchase anemometer. Anemometer installed and data is visible on our website (Temperature, Wind speed and direction, Barometric Pressure, Rainfall)
  • Non led ammunition giveaway conducted on 8-22-20. 18 people participated.
  • Gun Laws
  • Duncan v. Becerra: A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in the CRPA-supported lawsuit Duncan v. Becerra. This momentous decision strikes down California’s statewide prohibitions against magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds as unconstitutional. In doing so, the Ninth Circuit upholds the 2019 decision from the United States District Court in San Diego that resulted in hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of magazines being lawfully purchased by California gun owners. And because the state of California may petition for an 11-judge en banc panel to rehear the case or file a petition directly to the Supreme Court of the United States, it may be months before this appeal is finally resolved. Put simply, take caution! It is unclear whether California residents may begin to purchase magazines over 10 rounds yet.
  • AB 2362: Firearms dealers: conduct of business. This bill, commencing July 1, 2022, would authorize the Department of Justice to impose a civil fine not exceeding $1,000 for a violation of those prohibitions, and a civil fine not exceeding $3,000 for a violation of those prohibitions when the licensee has received written notification from the department regarding the violation and fails to take corrective action, as specified, or the department determines the licensee committed the violation knowingly or with gross negligence. The bill would authorize the department to adopt regulations to carry out these provisions.
  • 08/21/20: Headed to Floor Vote and the Governor’s Desk By Next Week! Call To Action- Call you elected officials and tell them to vote NO!
  • AB 2847, as amended, Forensic evidence collection. Firearms: unsafe handguns. This bill, effective July 1, 2022, would revise the criteria for unsafe handguns by requiring the microstamp to be imprinted in one place on the interior of the handgun, and would require the department, for every new firearm added to the roster, to remove, as specified, 3 firearms from the roster that are not compliant with current requirements. By expanding the number of firearms, the sale or manufacture of which would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
  • 08/21/20: Headed to Floor Vote and the Governor’s Desk By Next Week! Call To Action- Call you elected officials and tell them to vote NO!
  • SB 1175: Iconic African Species Protection Act. This bill would enact the Iconic African Species Protection Act and would prohibit the possession of specified African species and any part, product, or the dead body or parts thereof, including, but not limited to, the African elephant or the black rhinoceros, by any individual, firm, corporation, association, or partnership within the State of California, except as specified for, among other things, use for educational or scientific purposes by a bona fide educational or scientific institution, as defined.
  • The bill would provide that any person who violates the provisions of the act is subject to a civil penalty of not less than $5,000 or more than $40,000 for each violation. The bill would require that the civil penalties imposed pursuant to the act be deposited in the Fish and Game Preservation Fund. By creating new crimes, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
  • “Iconic African species” means any species or subspecies of the following members of the animal kingdom: African elephant (Loxodonta Africana and Loxodonta cyclotis), African lion (Panthera leo), leopard (Panthera pardus), black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis), white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum), giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), Jentink’s duiker (Cephalophus jentinki), plains zebra (Equus quagga), mountain zebra (Equus zebra), hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), and striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena), this includes any part, product, or the dead body or parts thereof, excluding fossils, whether or not included in a manufactured product or in a food product of any species protected by this part.
  • (2018 session SB 1487 ‘do over’)
  • 08/21/20: Headed to Floor Vote and the Governor’s Desk By Next Week! Call To Action- Call you elected officials and tell them to vote NO!
  • AB 2106: Wildlife habitat: Nesting Bird Habitat Incentive Program: upland game bird hunting validation: state duck hunting validation.  This bill would raise by $5 the upland game bird hunting validation and the state duck hunting validation fees, as specified, with that $5 to be deposited, and available upon appropriation to the department for the Nesting Bird Habitat Incentive Program, in the Nesting Bird Habitat Incentive Subaccount, which the bill would create in the California Waterfowl Habitat Preservation Account.
  • AB 2299: Free hunting days.  This bill would require, rather than authorize, the director to establish 2 free hunting days per year, one in the fall and one in the spring, no later than July 1, 2021. The bill would delete the prohibition requiring a delay in implementation of the above-described provisions.
  • 03/24/20: Set for Asm. Committee on Water Parks and Wildlife (POSTPONED)
  • AB 2523: Fish and Game Commission: youth hunting program: special hunting permits. This bill would authorize the commission to establish a program to increase opportunities to hunt big game, upland game birds, and migratory game birds for youth with terminal illnesses and youth who lost a parent in service to the state or country. As part of the program, the bill would, among other things, authorize the commission to establish a special hunting permit, in lieu of appropriate tags or validations, that authorizes a youth hunter to take big game, upland game birds, or migratory birds and to authorize a youth hunter to engage in hunting activities that are otherwise prohibited and that are necessary to enable the youth hunter to hunt those animals. The bill would require special hunting permits to be issued free of charge by the department and would require an applicant for a special hunting permit to hold a valid hunting license.
  • 05/14/20: Set for Asm. Water Parks & Wildlife
  • AB 3022: Junior hunting licenses: eligibility: age requirement. This bill would extend the eligibility for a junior hunting license to a person who is under 18 years of age on July 1 of the licensing year until July 1, 2021.
  • This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
  • 05/14/20: Set for Asm. Water Parks & Wildlife
  • AB 2665: Workers’ compensation: skin cancer. Existing law establishes a workers’ compensation system, administered by the Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, to compensate an employee for injuries sustained in the course of employment. Existing law provides, among other things, that skin cancer developing in active lifeguards, as defined, is presumed to arise out of and in the course of employment, unless the presumption is rebutted.
  • This bill would expand the scope of those provisions to certain peace officers of the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Parks and Recreation.
  • Pending hearing Committee on Insurance
  • AB 2532: Firearms: gun violence restraining orders. This bill would allow psychotherapists in addition to law enforcement, immediate family, employers, and coworkers, to notify the district attorney of such a threat and would require the district attorney, when receiving a report of such a threat, to notify the department.
  • 06/03/20: Passed out of committee
  • AB 2618: Firearms: possession by misdemeanant.  Existing law generally prohibits a person who has been convicted of certain misdemeanors from owning, purchasing, receiving, or possessing a firearm within 10 years of the conviction. Under existing law, a violation of this prohibition is a crime punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or in the state prison, by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or by both that imprisonment and fine. Existing law generally makes it a misdemeanor to carry a concealed firearm, as specified.
  • This bill would prohibit a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor for carrying a concealed firearm from possessing a firearm within 10 years of the conviction.
  • Pending hearing Asm. public Safety
  • AB 2645: Abused animals: advocates. Existing law proscribes various forms of animal abuse and neglect and imposes criminal penalties, including fines and imprisonment, for a violation of those laws. Existing law defines an animal for purposes of those laws.
  • This bill would authorize a court, upon its own motion or upon request of a party or counsel for a party, to appoint an advocate to represent the interests of an animal that is the subject of criminal proceedings relating to animal abuse or neglect, as specified. The bill would delineate the duties and authority of the advocate and prescribe the procedures for appointing an advocate.
  • Active Pending Referral
  • AB 3030: This legislation would declare it a goal of the state to protect at least 30 percent of the land areas and waters within the state and 30 percent of the ocean waters off the coast of California by 2030. It is a broad and ambiguous bill that could affect current and existing protections to hunting and fishing lands in California.
  • 08/21/2020- Legislation is dead for this session.
  • AB 3071: Lead ammunition: shooting ranges.  Existing law requires the sale of ammunition to be conducted by or processed through a licensed ammunition vendor. Existing law also requires the use of nonlead ammunition when taking big game mammals, nongame birds, or nongame mammals within the California condor range. Existing law requires the Fish and Game Commission to maintain, by regulation, a public process to certify ammunition as nonlead ammunition and to establish and annually update a list of certified nonlead ammunition.
  • This bill would prohibit a sport shooting range or an indoor shooting range, as defined, from selling or giving away ammunition unless that ammunition is certified as nonlead ammunition by the commission. The bill would also prohibit patrons or employees of a sport shooting range or an indoor shooting range from firing ammunition unless it is nonlead certified and would require a sport shooting range and an indoor shooting range to post a specified sign to that effect.
  • Active Pending Asm. Water Parks & Wildlife
  • AB 3058: Firearms: vehicle storage. Existing law requires a person, when leaving a handgun in an unattended vehicle, to lock the handgun in the vehicle’s trunk, lock the handgun in a locked container and place the container out of plain view, lock the handgun in a locked container that is permanently affixed to the vehicle’s interior and not in plain view, or to lock the handgun in a locked toolbox or utility box.
  • This bill would make these requirements applicable to all firearms and would additionally require the firearm to be secured to the vehicle using a cable or chain and lock or in a locked container that is secured using a cable or chain and lock or that is permanently affixed to the vehicle, as specified. The bill would make these requirements inapplicable to a peace officer who is on duty or on call.
  • Active / Pending hearing Asm. public Safety.
  • AB 88-Budget Bill A budget bill that was amended to include three significant Second Amendment concerns:
    1) Redefining definition of assault weapon to ban Franklin Armory Title 1 Firearm from being sold
    2) Advancing dates to implement precursor parts from 2025 to 2022
    3) Banning joint-registered firearms
    Opposition letter has been filed and we are currently waiting for movement on the legislation.
  • SB 281: Cow Palace Joint Powers Authority. This bill would prohibit the sale of firearms and ammunition on any property owned, occupied, operated, or controlled by the 1-A District Agricultural Association, or by another state agency, for district or association purposes, and, on and after January 1, 2020, on the real property known as the Cow Palace, as specified.
  • Active bill pending Assembly referral
  • SB 1041: Hunting: deer: use of dogs. This bill would make it unlawful to use any dog for the purpose of hunting deer at any time.
  • Additionally, SB 1041 as introduced will authorize the department to capture or dispatch a dog being used to hunt deer! Yes, dispatch = kill your dog on the spot and Department employee shall face no criminal or civil liability as a result of enforcement of this section.
  • Active / Pending hearing Senate NR&W
  • SB 217: Recreational and organizational Camps. This bill will make it incredibly difficult for all types of camps and recreation centers to continue to operate programs in the state due to costly requirements. Many will be shut down by this bill and those that are not will be limited to what they can teach youth while at the camp.
  • Committee Hearing: Assembly Health Committee- August 4, 2020
  • SB 914: Firearms: hunting exemptions. This bill would require Department of Justice (DOJ) to define a valid and unexpired hunting license. Additionally, his bill would require the DOJ, for sales of firearms to persons under 21 years of age who are eligible to purchase a firearm based upon their possession of a hunting license, to confirm the validity of the hunting license as part of the background check.
  • 05/12/20: Due to significant Amendments Oppose position recommended and approved
    Committee Hearing: Assembly Public Safety- August 4, 2020

Treasurer’s Report: Bob Johnson gave the treasurer’s report.  Club has $29,236.77as of 8-27-20.  Income:  $1,225.18.  Expenses:  $1,077.82

Total members 503 plus 99 life members.


Chief Range Safety Officer Report: Mark Miller – absent


Competition Director: Dennis Veale

July 25 – Two gun rifle/handgun shoot  17 shooters participated.

1st place – Jeff Evans

2nd place – Louie Garcia

3rd place – Frank Llanes

4th place – Scott Wojcik

5th place – Jason Meadows

  • August 22 – Aspirin Shoot 100 yards Centerfire Rifle 9 shooters participated.
    • 1st place – Kevin Hinkle (9 out of 10)
    • 2nd Place – Dennis Veale
    • 3rd place – Jason Meadows and Juan Llanes
  • Aspirin Shoot 50 yards Rimfire Rifle
    • 1st place – Kevin Hinkle (7 out of 10)
    • 2nd Place – Dennis Veale
    • 3rd place – Jason Meadows


  • 26 – Moving Target Handgun Shoot
  • 24 – Long Range Rifle


Committee Reports:

  • Shotgun Group – Joe Price – absent. (Good excuse – on a fishing trip)
    • Upcoming Events
      • Mount Mesa Men’s Club Trap Shoot ????
    • Cowboy Action Group – Bob Johnson
      • Saturday August 8th – Cowboy Action – 6 shooters Jeff Evans 1st place
      • Upcoming events – Saturday, September 12 at 9 AM
  • Range Maintenance – Tim Scrogham
    • Weekly:
      • Dump Trash
      • Replace cardboard on target frames. Lots of cardboard being cut.
      • Pick up brass
    • 1st and 3rd Tuesdays – Paint steel targets
    • 2nd Tuesday of each month – Rake Trap Range
    • 4th Tuesday of each month – Berm Weed Abatement

Old Business:

  • New member orientation video. Joe Margiotta said he can do it but, needs actors.
  • Discussion about updating camera system. Not at this time.
  • Discussion regarding adding fines to the bi-laws for range violations prior to withdrawing membership.
  • 2021 membership will be issued beginning in October.
  • 750 Club. If someone can hit the target, three consecutive times, at the 750-yard line, their name will be displayed on a plaque at the range. RSO verified (Sunday).  Patches designed and ordered.  No cost to club.  Should be ready by Labor Day Weekend.  Entry forms and rules have been made up. “No lead sleds.”  $10.00 entry fee.  Will be 3 out of 5 shots.  Does not have to be consecutive.

New Business:

  • Discussion about putting a side door in the cowboy target shed for easier access to competition targets
  • National Sport Shooting Organization wants us to put a link to their web site on our web site. They have non-biased political information mostly related to gun laws.  Board members decided to go ahead with this.


Next Meeting:

Thursday, September 24, 2020


Kern River Valley Gun Association Range

6000 Cyrus Road

Kernville, CA 93238


Meeting adjourned at approximately 7:30 PM


Kee Johnson