Regulations that are filed secretly probably have something to hide. That’s definitely the case in California, and the latest ones on guns.
The law banning rifles and shotguns with bullet buttons was passed, but when the “emergency” regulations filed by the DOJ were pulled after an outcry by gun owners, they had to regroup. Now it appears the DOJ had decided to file the regulations without public comment. In fact the Firearms Policy Coalition had to file a public records request just to find out what the regulations were. Thankfully they were successful in getting the records.
To get up to date information on the firearms ban, just point your favorite web browser to BulletButtonBan.com. Apparently you are supposed to go to this website: https://cfars.doj.ca.gov/login.do, and create a login. From there you need to register all your firearms. Only issue, other than December 31st being the deadline, is that you get the following message:
“ATTENTION: The ability to register an Assault Weapon pursuant to Assembly Bill (AB) 1135 and Senate Bill (SB) 880, is not yet available. Pursuant to AB 1135 and SB 880, Assault Weapon registration regulations must be effective before any registrations can take place. At this time, the regulations are still pending, however they should be effective in the very near future. Please check the Bureau of Firearms website periodically for updates. https://oag.ca.gov/firearms.”
Even if for some insane reason we actually are going to comply with this law, we can’t even do it, and the clock is ticking. And if you have a home built firearm from a kit, or from scratch, you are now required to apply a serial number, which is manufacturing, and bumps up against federal law.
You would think that gun owners would be rightfully upset at all this, but there’s more. They are taking no accountability for our data. If you read through the registration process here, you can see that you need to electronically submit quite a bit of sensitive information about yourself, and even a loved one, if you are registering with a co-applicant. They also won’t be held liable for fraudulent credit card usage. If for some reason they can’t process the registration, they simply keep your filling money, and they now have all your information.
If you ever worked for a government agency like I did, and held a clearance, I am sure you remember the hack of the Office Of Personnel Management a few years ago. Like many of you I got that letter in the mail, and it meant I had to be extra vigilant about my information. So now I am going to trust the government with all my most personal information including the serial numbers of my guns, and there is zero accountability? Unless I can be assured of a process that does not expose my most personal data onto an electronic system that is notorious for poor management, I have no intention of ever registering a thing.
“One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.