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California Gun Owners: May As Well Start Packing

by Robert W. Hunnicutt   |  February 21st, 2013 30

The long-suffering gun owners of California are about to be visited with a new series of plagues by the Democrat-controlled state legislature.

Mouthing the usual platitudes about respecting the Second Amendment, Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced a draconian series of initiatives designed to snuff the few freedoms Golden Staters are still allowed.

A series of bills would:

* “Prohibit the future sale, purchase, manufacture, importation, or transfer in California of semi-automatic rifles that can accept detachable magazines. This legislative action decisively closes the loopholes that have allowed the gun industry to flood our communities with rapid-reload battlefield weapons.”
Since both centerfires and rimfires are covered, the Ruger 10/22 is apparently now to be considered a “battlefield weapon.”

* “Ban possession of large capacity ammunition magazines over 10 rounds. This legislative action decisively closes loopholes that have allowed the gun industry to enable the assembly and home-modification of 10-round magazines into larger capacity magazines.”
The “gun industry” is blamed throughout, as if individual gun owners can’t figure out how to modify a magazine. Or just drive across the border.

* “This legislative action closes the loophole that has allowed the gun industry to flood our communities with modification tools to rapidly detach and replace magazines from semi-automatic rifles.”
Yep, they’re mad that you figured out the bullet button, and now they’re banning them. If you have a bullet button rifle, you’ll have to register it just like any other “assault rifle” for convenient confiscation at some later date.

* “Shotgun Definition (Jackson): This legislative action updates the definition of a banned shotgun with a revolving cylinder to include the new technology of a shotgun-rifle combination.”
Well, I would call the LeMat a shotgun-rifle combination, but what they are aiming at here is the Taurus Circuit Judge, which now will be lumped in with the Streetsweeper as a banned shotgun. This is typical anti-gun thinking: if it’s new and unfamiliar, ban it before too many people get one.

* “Requires Ownership Record of all Guns (Steinberg): Applies ownership records consistently across-the-board, ensuring all firearms are recorded, and ensuring that no firearms of any classification are legally accessible to prohibited persons or persons without a background check.”
This expands the record-keeping that already applies to pistols and “assault weapons” to all other firearms.  So if you thought your trap gun or fine English double weren’t threatened, think again.

* “Ammunition Purchase Permit (de Leon): Expanding on what Los Angeles and Sacramento are already doing requiring anyone wishing to purchase ammunition in California to obtain a purchase permit first, by passing a full and complete background check.”
If you’d been looking for an excuse to take up handloading and bullet casting, you have it.

*  “Gun Loans (Block): This legislative action prevents unregulated gun loans, with exceptions, including hunting. To limit legal accessibility of weapons to prohibited persons or persons without a background check.”
This would, among other things, require that a handgun be loaned only by its registered owner. It also would add new storage requirements.

* “APPS Expansion (Leno): This legislative action prohibits individuals on APPS from residing in a home with any weapons. Expand the APPS list by adding more than two DUIs, other crimes.”
The APPS list is a roll of those prohibited by law from owning firearms. If your brother-in-law’s on it, he can’t stay at your place unless your guns are in a safe or otherwise locked.
“APPS Enforcement (Leno/Steinberg): This legislative action authorizes DOJ to use existing DROS funding to eliminate the 19,000 backlog of individuals on APPS.
If you’re a prohibited person, the police will come around and relieve you of any firearms. This measure speeds that process up.

There are a variety of other measures on offer, but these are the major ones. Since Democrats hold strong majorities in both houses and the governorship, there’s not much in the way of any or all of them passing. In my mind, the anti-Circuit Judge bill may be the worst. It sets the precedent that any new style of firearm can and probably will be banned, regardless of whether any crimes at all have been committed with it.

A longtime dream of the antis is to put a stopper to any future development of firearms; then the existing types can be whittled down one by one. The sanctimonious bows to Second Amendment rights notwithstanding, Democrats will not be satisfied as long as Golden Staters have so much as a slingshot.

Why? Every time a gun owner gets disgusted and moves to Arizona, that’s one less Republican vote, in their minds. Gun control in California is a sort of ethnic cleansing designed to run undesirables out of the state. And this latest pack of onerous laws will run out many more. My suggestion? Utah’s pretty this time of year.

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