ASSEMBLY BILL 263 (HAWES – 1923)
CHAPTER 339, STATUTES OF 1923 - AB 263
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Penal Code Sections 12025 and 12050, as well as 12026, 12027, 12051, 12052, and 12053 relating to restrictions on concealed firearms can all be traced back to Assembly Bill 263 of 1923 introduced by Assembly member F. C. Hawes. (See Exhibit A, #1a)
Assembly Bill 263 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Judiciary where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibit A, #2) Three amendments were made to Assembly Bill 263. (See Exhibit A, #1b through #1d and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, by Governor Friend Wm. Richardson signed the bill and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on June 23, 1923 as Chapter 339 of the Statutes of 1923. (See Exhibit #1e and #2)
Assembly Bill 263 is described as "An Act to control and regulate the possession, sale and use of pistols, revolvers and other firearms capable of being concealed upon the person. . ." addressing also a) the manufacture and sale of dangerous weapons, b) providing for registration of weapons, c) prohibiting carrying of concealed firearms except when lawfully authorized; d) providing for confiscation and destruction of weapons; e) prohibiting ownership by certain classes of persons, and f) prescribing penalties for violation of the provisions of the Act. The 1923 legislation repealed, revised and amended a 1917 Act (Chapter 145) on the same subject. (See Exhibit A, #1 and #3) We provide a copy of that enactment for your consideration. (See Exhibit A, #6)