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casper 05-26-2011 06:59 PM

California's trying to pass some legislation
I got this off of ballerscafe and wanted to pass it along.

We have a new issue in paintball that needs the help of all of you! The California Legislature is trying to pass SB 798 which calls for imitation firearms, a classification which would include paintball markers, to be brightly colored (e.g., orange) to distinguish them from real firearms.

For California residents who want to send a letter direct to your legislator, you can search for them by address or by zip code. This is the link to find your legislator in California: California State Legislature—Your Legislator.
Everyone can post his or her letter by using the template below:

To: California Senators and Assembly Members

Subject: Amend or reject Kevin De Leonís bill #SB 798

Date: __________________

Dear Senator or Assembly Member:

My name is __________________________________ and I am a paintball player living in ________________________. I am writing in opposition to California Senate Bill 798 as written.

The bill calls for imitation firearms, a classification which would include paintball markers, to be brightly colored (i.e., orange) in order to distinguish them from real firearms.

Paintball markers are already different from real firearms in appearance. Paintball markers donít work unless they have an attached hopper (where the paintballs are stored) and an attached air / CO2 tank. I know that paintball markers are not toys and that a paintball marker should only be pointed at another player wearing the necessary protective goggles and gear on a paintball field.

Paintball is a great team sport that gets me outside playing with my friends instead of sitting inside watching TV, playing videogames or surfing the internet. Itís great exercise and allows me to be active instead of just playing with a controller.

There are two types of paintball played. The first is speedball, where teams are indoors or outdoors on a field about the size of a hockey rink, with bunkers to hide behind. The object in speedball is to mark the other teamís players until no one is left on the field. Ultimately, the goal is to capture the other teamís flag and return it to your side without being marked yourself. The second type of paintball is scenario, where people are playing on a much larger outdoor field that may look like a bunch of different things Ė an abandoned town, a wrecked car lot, etc. Using the existing kinds of paintball markers enhances my experience on a scenario field, making it more realistic and closer to a video game. If I had to play with an orange or pink paintball marker, I would probably lose interest in the game.

Please consider adding back the current exemption for paintball before passing SB 798.


Name: __________________________________________________ _____________
Address: __________________________________________________ _____________
City/State/ZIP __________________________________________________ _____________
Phone number: __________________________________________________ _____________
Email: __________________________________________________ _____________

Please check one of these two lines as applicable:

____ To confirm, I am over 18 years of age.
____ I am ________________________________, the parent/guardian, and I support his/her letter above.

Hawkeye20 05-26-2011 07:39 PM

Can you post your avatar picture? I NEEEEED IT! lol

For once in my life, I wish I lived in Cali, so I could fill this out...

casper 05-26-2011 07:45 PM

Hawkeye20 05-26-2011 07:51 PM

Thanks. I didn't realize it was a facebook thing--I just liked it. It's also now my profile pic on fbook too :)

MIballer 05-26-2011 07:51 PM

I actually support this I would be happy to have milsim markers out for good they are a safety hazard and ruin what so many people have tried to make paintball a legit sport. So what if it means a marker has to be a bright color to me that doesnt matter.

Altec 05-26-2011 07:53 PM

I'll post this information on Pirate 4x4. Plenty of CA members there, and they might be interested.

HurtCow 05-26-2011 07:54 PM

Dude, there's like 3 threads about this now.

Luckless 05-26-2011 07:57 PM


Originally Posted by casper (Post 1849090)
SB 798 which calls for imitation firearms, a classification which would include paintball markers, to be brightly colored (e.g., orange) to distinguish them from real firearms.

To what end?

What good or use can come of having things that look like firearms be bright coloured? I've seen ideas like this many times in the past, but I never once was given a logical use for it beyond making a bunch of paperwork.

If you use a firearm shaped device in a threatening manner, then you're using a firearm, and get all the 'fun' that comes with it when the police show up. If your firearm shaped device happens to be bright orange,... well, how does an officer (or someone else) know you didn't take a can of Krylon to it to try and convince someone it is 'just a toy'?

Laws like this make no one safer.

For those of you writing to your reps, you might want to ask them those questions.

Hawkeye20 05-26-2011 07:58 PM

This is total BS. I know why they are doing it--3 kids were shooting airsoft pistols in a park. The cops showed up and ordered them to put the airsoft pistols on the ground. 2 complied, but the third refused. After repeated ordering, the officers shot the kid. One incident and all of a sudden anything that looks like a gun needs to look like an airplane rescue signal.

casper 05-26-2011 08:11 PM


Originally Posted by HurtCow (Post 1849167)
Dude, there's like 3 threads about this now.

sorry cow man!!!I didn't see them.

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