Gun Owners of California


  • Founded by Senator H.L. Richardson
  • 1975 State Legislature sought to ban all handguns in California
  • direct mail campaign was used to defeat the legislation
  • first pro-gun group on television, radio and in the newspapers when the ban of semi-automatic handguns, rifles and shotguns surfaced
  • first gun group in the nation to produce a video for television that revealed the truth about semi-automatic firearms
  • first to do television spots alerting the citizens to the anti-gun legislation in Sacramento
  • 501(c)4 non-profit
  • 1998 Sam Paredes Executive Director


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