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Sikh Coalition Kirpan Bill Passes in California Legislature

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    CA Kirpan Education Bill Passes 59-0 Full Assembly Vote

    June 3rd, 2009

    "The Sikh community... should not live in fear of arrest by law enforcement for carrying the kirpan." - Assembly member Warren Furutani

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    June 3, 2009 (Sacramento, CA) - The entire California State Assembly yesterday passed a proposed law that would train law enforcement personnel about Sikhs and kirpans. The bill now goes on for a vote by the California State Senate, and then to the Governor's Desk to hopefully be signed into law. Yesterday's Assembly vote passed 59-0. Extensive advocacy efforts led by the Sikh Coalition and local sangat members resulted in bipartisan support of this legislation.

    Should it become law, this would be the first law specifically pertaining to the kirpan in the United States. The California State Assembly, and Assemblymember Warren Furutani in particular, should be commended for their hard work and pioneering spirit in passing this bill.

    AB 504

    The proposed law (AB 504) would create and include training about the kirpan in the state curriculum for law enforcement officer training. The bill states explicitly, "It is the Legislature's goal to promote education and awareness of the carrying of the kirpan by Sikhs in California." The training would advise officers about "how to recognize and interact with persons carrying a kirpan."

    The legislation arose out of a number of Sikhs being arrested for carrying kirpans because police mistakenly believe them to be in violation of concealed weapons laws. Such arrests violate Sikhs' rights and are a waste of taxpayers' money. Our hope is that being educated about the kirpan and its religious significance will decrease the number of wasteful arrests.

    Assemblymember Warren Furutani: A Champion for California's Sikhs

    http://www.{url not allowed}/files/news/2009/February/Furitani-article.jpgThe bill was introduced by Assemblymember Warren Furutani (D-Long Beach) in February 2009. Since then, Assemblymember Furutani and his staff have worked tirelessly with the Sikh Coalition and local Sikh activists to ensure that the bill is a priority for the legislature and for the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus. Under his guidance, the bill passed unanimously through both the Public Safety Committee and the Appropriations Committee of the State Assembly. We thank Assemblymember Furutani for his strong leadership on this issue.

    Numerous Sikhs have also contributed to the passage of this bill. Over 150 people emailed their local assembly person to ask for support over the past week.

    The Coalition would also like to thank Nitasha Kaur Sawhney, Niranjan Khalsa and Darshan Mundy, each of whom took the time to personally meet with members of the Assembly asking them to support the legislation.

    Next Steps

    The bill will now make its way to the Senate side of the legislature. There, it will first be voted on by the Public Safety Committee and then by the Appropriations Committee before making it to the Senate floor for a full vote in September. If the bill is passed by the Senate, it will end up on the desk of Governor Schwarzenegger to be signed into law!

    For more information about AB 504, or to join our lobbying efforts for this bill, please email us at legislative@sikhcoalition.org.
     
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    GREAT NEWS.
    More and MORE...NON-SIKHS are realizing the IMPORTANCE of the 5 Kakaars to SIKHS.
    ... ( When supposedly LESS and less SIKHS are wearing them ???) Does this make sense ??
    IT sure does to ME..and those who wear the 5 Kaakars as Guru ji ordered us to...and it must be "head banging" to those who search the SGGS gurbani looking for shabds to quote that the 5 kakaars are essentially useless and not mentioned at all..WOW..??? YES WOW indeed...Khalsa sajia PARMATAM KI MAUJ..its all HIS PLAY..Bajeegar Dank bajiiee....and the World gathers to enjoy the show...:happy::happy::happy:
     
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    Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa..Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh...

    Gyani Ji...
    I remembered a quote from your reply...During Guru's time and even during World War...Sikhs were less .......but...but Sikhi was at its peak......that's why Sikhs have a great warriors....Sikhs destroyed Entire Empire of Mughals in around 60 years, which took around 700 years for Mughals to build.

    Now we have so many Sikhs....not have Sikhi upto that level.............

    Chardi Kala.........
     
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