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AM Alert: Sheriff Scott Jones raising money, slaying zombies

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones has become a favorite of gun owners, in part because of his record of issuing scores of concealed-carry permits.

Now as he campaigns against Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, Jones is fully embracing the gun-rights constituency. He is scheduled to hold a fundraiser today at the Sacramento Gun Club on Routier Road.

The entry ranges from a $200 individual ticket to $2,700 for six tickets and access to a special reception and a state-of-the-art shooting simulator. In the simulator, participants will be able to choose their preferred scenario: From Wild West to Zombies and street crime, target shooting, or Hogan’s Alley.

“You can choose to do it solo,” Jones wrote in a message accompanying the online invitation, “or with me as your partner.”

Gun-related fundraisers are not new. Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who is challenging fellow Republican Paul Cook for his desert-based congressional seat, is holding a Friday night fundraiser in Oak Glen where attendees can win one of a Beretta T3 Lite .25-06 Rem, a Charter Arms Undercover Lite .38SPL or a Mossberg 500 Cruiser. The others will be auctioned off. Tickets start at $100 per person, or $150 per couple.

In December, Republican Johnny Tacherra, in a rematch with Democratic Rep. Jim Costa of Fresno, held a reception billed as a “2nd Amendment BBQ” at Full Spectrum Firearms in Fresno.

Donors giving $2,700 were to receive either a 9 mm or .40 Smith & Wesson M&P Shield handgun.

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PROP. 30 EXTENSION: Voters are poised to extend the state income tax on the highest earners in November, according to a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. The poll found that 62 percent of voters support a 12-year continuation of the extra tax on Californians earning $250,000 or more. The poll found similar support for a $9 billion new school construction bond issue, on which voters also will have a say about in the fall. Dan Walters has more in his story.

CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE: A bi-partisan panel, including Senator Joel Anderson, R-Alpine, will discuss the controversial police practice of seizing cash and other assets from suspected criminals who haven’t been found guilty of a crime. As Jeremy B. White previously reported, state law requires a conviction to seize assets worth less than $25,0000. Senate Bill 443, which stalled on the Assembly floor last year, requires a conviction to permanently seize any amount of property. The discussion begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.

SECONDHAND SMOKE: The day after Californians puffed, puffed and passed in honor of the annual 4/20 stoner holiday, the UC Center Sacramento warns that the smoke coming off those joints probably isn’t benign. Matthew Springer, a professor of medicine at UC San Francisco, is giving a talk today titled “Marijuana Secondhand Smoke: The Return of a Familiar Problem and What it Means for Policymakers” at the center’s headquarters on K Street at noon. Munchies will be provided.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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