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California Politicians Causing More Unintended Consequences

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California Politicians Causing More Unintended Consequences

Yet again, California lawmakers have failed to think through the consequences of their gun laws. Now, here’s the latest pile of problems.

With the blinding fiery rage to ban all firearms in California, the politicians in Sacramento seem to have shot themselves in the foot. Not literally, but figuratively. You see, in the demand to pass additional legislation, the politicians threw in the Law Enforcement curve at us as the Unions demand, but forgot a very important subset. The cadets were left to fend for themselves.

In the complete and utter disaster, that is our capital, the politicians banned the use of firearms normally carried by police for cadets. So when they stroll into the training facility to properly learn how to use firearms, they won’t legally be able to touch any of them. At least without breaking current law that is.

This also appears to fall under the massive Prop 63 bill which requires all ammunition to undergo a background check. Of course giving someone ammo that hasn’t undergone a background check for such ammo is a straw purchase.

Let us also not forget that the deadline to register a rifle with a bullet button is Dec 31, 2017. Ammo restrictions go in effect on Jan 1, 2018. Of course, the California Department of Justice has no way of implementing the new laws. Let us also not forget that home built firearms now need to be registered as well, and that goes into effect in July, 2018.

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Let’s also not forget that normal capacity magazines are now illegal as of July 1st. Of course like the Los Angeles law that went into effect a year or so ago, they have netted zero magazines. Yup, no one cares about the laws in this state anymore. You can also not lend anyone outside immediate family now either. I am not sure how they will deal with that for Police training either, although I do think the armories in academies are considered dealers, so that might be a work around.

CBS Sacramento Reports on the ineptitude of the California DOJ


Hat Tip to the Sacramento Bee for the complete listing:

Between state legislation and voter-approved ballot initiatives, 2016 saw passage of sweeping new gun regulations in California. Some of the new rules take effect in 2017. Others are staggered over the next two years. Here’s your guide to California’s new era of gun ownership.


Theft/loss reporting
When it becomes a crime to falsely report a firearm has been lost or stolen
Jan. 1
Start date for requirement that theft or loss of a firearm must be reported to law enforcement within five days
July 1

Lending firearms
When it becomes illegal, with limited exceptions, to loan guns to anyone outside of immediate family members
Jan. 1

Large-capacity magazine restrictions
When it becomes illegal, with limited exceptions, to possess magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds
July 1

Assault weapon restrictions
Start date for the new definition of “assault weapon”
Jan. 1
Deadline to register a newly designated assault weapon with the state
Dec. 31, 2017

Restrictions on home-built “ghost guns” and guns without serial numbers
Start date for requirement that you get state permission before manufacturing or assembling a firearm
July 1, 2018
Deadline to place a serial number on any unmarked firearm possessed after July 1, 2018
Dec. 31, 2018

Ammunition restrictions
Start date for requirement that ammunition sales or transfers be conducted through a licensed ammunition vendor
Jan. 1, 2018
When you no longer can import ammunition bought outside the state without first shipping it to a licensed vendor
Jan. 1, 2018
Start date for requirement that Californians undergo background checks to buy ammunition
July 1, 2019

Handgun storage law
Start date for requirement that handguns be stored in a locked container or locked trunk when left in an unattended vehicle
Jan. 1

The dates have passed, or are approaching rapidly. In the case of some of these laws, the California Department of Justice has stated that the regulations are being reviewed. So what does this really mean? It means as currently written, there is no way for them to enforce the laws. They will then change the laws in order to be able to enforce them, or the citizens in California will be in limbo for the foreseeable future.


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Daniel is a 45-year old-husband and father to nine children in the central valley, California. He has been a conservative political activist in California since 2010. Daniel has been a contributor to blogs such as The Truth About Guns, and other new publications. The focus of his activities has revolved around gun rights within the state of California. Daniel is an active board member of Gun Rights Across America (GRAA.) His career is as an Information Security Administrator for the country’s largest winery located within the central valley.
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