SB 798 was written at the request of the Los Angeles Chief of Police, in response to an incident where a police officer mistook a 13-year-old kid for a young adult, and mistook the replica airsoft hand gun the child was holding for a real firearm.
It would be great if we could find some members of law enforcement in California to explain how they can tell the difference between paintball guns and real firearms.
They can also hopefully explain that making airsoft/paintball guns brightly colored would not help them, since criminals can paint real firearms in a bright color, so law enforcement would have to assume something that looks like a gun really is a gun regardless of color.
Additionally, the bill has no exception for law enforcement purchases - so it would be illegal to sell police departments paintball guns for law enforcement purposes (like crowd control etc).
If you know a paintball player who works in law enforcement, make sure you encourage them to contact the members of the Committee on Public Safety to register their opposition to the bill, and to write a letter explaining why brightly colored paintball guns would not help them with their job or make them or the public safer.
Make sure they have the contact information from this thread: