Completely blind to the outrage of New York’s citizens and law enforcement officers and the brewing revolt in the Empire State over Governor Andrew Cuomo’s unconstitutional NY SAFE Act, California Democrats are looking to raise the gun control bar even higher:
All semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines would be banned, all guns would be registered and no ammunition could be bought without a special permit in California under a sweeping list of bills rolled out Thursday by state Senate Democrats.
The 10-bill package constitutes the single largest gun control push in decades in the Golden State, which already boasts some of the nation’s strictest gun laws. It joins equally controversial proposals from Assembly Democrats that would regulate and tax ammunition sales and consider taking the state’s 166,000 registered assault weapons from their owners.
The proposals constitute a direct assault on the Second Amendment of the United States, and are attempting to outlaw the very kind of firearms the Founders explicitly want protected, those arms of contemporary military utility for militia use.
The full list of laws includes:
A bill by Steinberg would ban future sale, purchase, making, importing or transfer in California of any semi-automatic rifle that takes a detachable magazine, by adding such guns to the state’s list of banned assault weapons. Another Steinberg bill would require ownership records for all guns; California now keeps only handgun and assault weapon records.
Hancock’s bill would ban possession — not just manufacture and sale — of large-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, has reintroduced a bill to ban “bullet button” kits that let gun owners effectively sidestep the distinction between detachable and fixed magazines for semi-automatic rifles. Another Yee bill would require that guns be properly locked and stored when their owners aren’t present, but that bill wasn’t included on Steinberg’s list Thursday.
That list also included bills that would:
- Require anyone wishing to buy ammunition to first get a permit by passing a background check, as Los Angeles and Sacramento already do.
- Update the definition of a banned shotgun with a revolving cylinder to include the new technology of a shotgun-rifle combination.
- Prevent unregulated gun loans, with some exceptions, including hunting, in order to keep weapons from those who haven’t passed background checks.
- Require all handgun owners obtain a safety certificate every year, rather than the every-five-years requirement for purchases of new handguns.
- Prohibit anyone barred from owning a weapon from living in a home where weapons are kept and to expand the list of crimes for which convictions result in being barred from gun possession.
- Let the state Justice Department use money from the state’s Dealer’s Record of Sale system to eliminate the backlog of people identified as no longer allowed to own guns but not yet investigated and contacted by law enforcement.
In effect, California Democrats are looking to ban every common semi-automatic rifle, outlaw the ownership of standard magazines entirely, ban the popular Taurus Judge revolver, prevent individuals from allowing friends and relatives to fire legal guns, force handgun owners through bureaucratic hoops every year to merely maintain legal possession of their guns (the obvious intent is to make handgun ownership prohibitive), would eliminate the Second Amendment rights of anyone living with someone who is a banned person, and hire more CA DOJ employees to confiscate an ever-growing list of prohibited persons.
Gene Hoffman of Calguns Foundation notes that the proposed laws are “wildly unconstitutional,” and assures Californians that the laws will be over-ruled by the Supreme Court.
Let’s hope we get that far.