Today I thought I would write a guest post on a subject that I have normally avoided. That is firearms, gun control and protecting the Second Amendment. Now, the situation I am writing on currently applies only to California. So why do you care, if you don’t live in this left wing state run by crazies? If the left has its way, these new laws will spread to other areas.
If Hillary Clinton wins the White House, a radical left wing Supreme Court, that will impact future generations and may be irreversible, you should be concerned about what is happening in California. The new laws that have been passed here may be appearing in many of your states soon.
On July 1, six new gun control laws were signed by the governor, Jerry Brown. Then, a few days later, a seventh was signed. The following is a summary of the new laws — these aren’t proposals or bills waiting for debate. They are now LAWS in the State of California. The one good piece of news is that the people of California can, through the process of petitioning, force the Assembly to put these laws up for a vote.
SIGNED BOTH- Assembly Bill 1135 and Senate Bill 880 would make changes of monumental scale to California’s firearm laws by reclassifying hundreds of thousands of legally owned semi-automatic rifles as “assault weapons.” This legislation effectively outlaws magazine locking devices, more commonly known as “bullet buttons”. As of January 2017, all AR-type of firearms and even some hunting rifles will no longer be legally sold in the state. There is still a lot of confusion about the law. Depending on the way it is interpreted, it may even cover M1 carbines.
If you register your gun as an assault weapon, there are draconian limitations on how you own and transport the gun. You can never sell, give, lend, or trade an assault weapon to another person. Nor can you hand down an “assault weapon” to your spouse, children, or grandchildren. Upon your death, it is turned over to the state for destruction. If you move out of the state, you cannot move back into the state with your guns.
SIGNED Assembly Bill 1511 effectively ends the long-standing practice of temporarily loaning a firearm for lawful purposes. Under this legislation, the ability to loan a firearm to anyone other than a family member would now be prohibited unless conducted through a dealer, absent very narrow and limited exceptions. A simple loan to a trusted friend for a few days would take almost a month to complete, from loan to return. It now requires two background checks, two 10-day waiting periods, two fees and multiple trips to a gun dealer.
SIGNED – Assembly Bill 1695 creates a 10-year firearm prohibition for someone convicted of falsely reporting a lost or stolen firearm.
SIGNED – Senate Bill 1235 places unjustified and burdensome restrictions on the purchase of ammunition and requires IDs and background checks for ammunition purchases. This requires a state-wide database to track such purchases. This law goes into effect in 2019. It permits the state to monitor the types of ammunition you buy, thereby identifying whether you have firearms that are not registered. It would be a crime to import ammunition from another state.
SIGNED – Senate Bill 1446 bans the simple possession of ammunition feeding devices/magazines that are capable of holding more than 10 cartridges. Even the ones that are currently grandfather in would have to be turned in or destroyed.
SIGNED – Assembly Bill 857 requires serialization and registration of virtually every firearm possessed in the State. It requires anyone who manufactures or assembles a homemade firearm to first apply for a unique serial number or other marking from the state Department of Justice, which must then be affixed to the weapon. In 2014, Brown vetoed a similar bill by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, stating, “I appreciate the author’s concerns about gun violence, but I can’t see how adding a serial number to a homemade gun would significantly advance public safety.”
Here’s what California residents can do
Under California law, if we collect 365,880 signatures on all seven petitions, the laws will be placed on hold and brought up for vote in 2018. This gives us time to campaign and educate the voters, so that we can block these laws from taking effect.
Currently thousands of volunteers are collecting signatures on all seven petitions, and it is looking like we have a good chance. The signatures have to be turned in by September 28, 2016. California is being run into the ground by power-mad, anti-gun Democrats, but the fact remains that it is one of our most populous states and home to tens of millions of gun owners.
Calguns and the NRA are among the groups that are helping to support this effort. Unfortunately, we are not receiving any support from three large sporting goods chains that sell firearms. They are blocking us from collecting signatures at their locations. In case you want to express your feeling to them or boycott their stores, they are Dicks Sporting Goods, Big Five and Sportsman’s Warehouse.
If you are registered to vote in California, I urge you to find a copy of the petitions and sign them. Non-residents can also help with financial support. Donations can be made to www.vetogunmageddon.org. Help us stop this attack on the 2nd Amendment because it won’t stop here. The anti-gun groups have been planning draconian laws like this for decades.