AFTER AN intense lobbying effort by the California Waterfowl Association, California Rifle and Pistol Association, Gun Owners of America, and the National Rifle Association, AB 992 failed to pass the State Assembly June 6.

The misguided legislation would have imposed a 10-cent tax on every individual piece of ammunition sold or stored in California, and would have unfairly placed the financial burden on law abiding hunters and target shooters who purchase the lion's share of munitions in our state.

Short of the necessary votes to pass the bill, the measure was never brought up for a floor vote by the deadline. The hunting and shooting community has a proven track record of reducing gun accidents through mandatory hunter safety and other educational programs, and should not be required to pay for the acts of violent criminals and irresponsible firearms users.

This should get a message across to the anti-gun people that when law-abiding gun owners come together they can prevail. Get ready for next year, as the bill will probably be brought up again.

LAST WEEK, local guide Danny Layne of Fish'n Dan's Guide Service volunteered his services at a special kids' fishing event at Lake Pardee, to help introduce some underprivileged children to fishing.

The kids were from the Martin Group Home of Sacramento and the event was put on by the Country Club Optimist Club. As Layne put it, "These kids, living at the group home for whatever reason were the nicest, most polite children I have been in contact with for a long time."

They had loads of questions about the boat, tackle, electronics, etc. and enjoyed reeling in some rainbow trout and kokanee. For making the event possible, thanks go to Rod Browning of Project Kokanee, mentors of the group home, the Optimist Club other volunteers who helped bring a smile to 48 of the nicest kids you'd ever want to meet.

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