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So if you were not in a coma over these last few months we had an election. We also had a lot of ballot measures, and if you live in California, our legislature officially went off the rails. With a super majority entrenched in the California legislature, there is basically nothing anyone can do to stop them. Last session they passed a host of anti-gun laws, which Governor Jerry Brown signed into law. Additionally a ballot measure passed, and is now law, although the California Department of Justice has no known method of enforcing it.
I will quickly outline the laws passed here, but to get a little more information, you can visit the Firearms Policy Coalition.They can keep you updated on the latest happenings from around the country.
First we have the ballot measure that passed, Proposition 63. This has outlawed “standard” capacity magazines, even if they were legally owned prior to the law.
There were seven laws which Governor Brown signed into law. Here they are as presented by the Firearms Policy Coalition.
- AB 1135 (Levine): Bans common and constitutionally-protected firearms that have magazine locking devices (like the “Bullet Button”). Sister bill to SB 880.
- SB 880 (Hall): Bans common and constitutionally-protected firearms that have magazine locking devices. Sister bill to AB 1135.
- AB 1511 (Santiago): Criminalizes loaning of firearms between personally known, law-abiding adults, including family members, sportspersons, and competitors.
- AB 1695 (Bonta): Makes a non-violent misdemeanor a prohibiting offense.
- SB 1235 (de Leon): New restrictions on ammunition purchases and sellers; creates a DOJ database of ammunition owners.
- SB 1446 (Hancock): Statewide confiscatory ban on all lawfully-possessed standard-capacity ammunition feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds; exemption for retired police
- AB 857 (Cooper) requires that serial numbers be placed on un-serialized firearms (in some cases going back at least 50 years) and on all new owner-assembled (“home-built)” firearms.
Now many of you might be hitting your head against the monitors right about now, and that is understandable, if you live in a free state. But wait there is more to make your head hurt. If you took a moment to actually read the bills, you will note that Proposition 63 actually conflicts with changing the same statute as some of the bills. Gun bills SB 1446, and 1235 rewrite the same Penal Codes. Yes our state doubled down on itself. There are also significant differences between the proposition and the respective bills on how and what they change in the Penal Codes. Which will overwrite which? In some cases they can and will create two Penal Codes with the same number, but different definitions.
This of course is only the start. We have good reason to believe that either towards the end of Brown’s time as Governor, or the start of Gavin Newsom’s governorship, we will see a bill introduced to ban all semi-automatic rifles. We are already down to 327 models of pistols out of thousands available to the rest of the country. For anyone lucky enough to be at SHOT show going on right now in Las Vegas Nevada, you know how bad we have it here.
So where do we go from here you may ask? First and foremost, the recommendation from myself, and some gun rights groups is to register nothing. Sell nothing, change nothing. Dismantle your rifles and get one featureless rifle. Store the rest as parts for the time being. With a featureless rifle, you don’t even need a bullet button, which is kind of nice. We call this an Irish Democracy. This is not unusual. We have seen this take place in New York, and elsewhere, when the state demanded all gun owners register their weapons. This of course will spur numerous law suits which will tie up the law in court for the foreseeable future. When no one complies, and law enforcement refuses to enforce, it pushes back much harder on the politicians. Most law enforcement officers I know won’t go near any of the laws, unless it is unavoidable. Also, you can show how you really feel about all of these laws, and wave a “Will Not Comply” flag from Owl and Anchor.