Law-abiding gun owners apparently are now endangered species in California. Legislators in the Golden State want to restrict the number of guns that citizens can buy — and expand law enforcement’s power to seize those firearms.
The proposal would limit long gun purchases to one per month. That bill and others like it have outraged supporters of the Second Amendment.
“California has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, yet we still have gun violence,” state assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Riverside County) said. “You will never ever stop all the violence, because there will always be people out there who want to do others harm. You cannot legislate that away.”
Melendez’s colleagues, though, apparently disagree with her.
Assembly Bill 1674, or AB 1674, from Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), would prevent Californians from buying more than one rifle or shotgun a month. The Golden State already has a similar restriction on handguns, as does Maryland, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.
“Santiago’s AB 1674 would make it a crime for someone to attempt to purchase more than one firearm of any type in any 30-day period,” the Firearms Policy Coalition, a pro-Second Amendment organization, charged.
The bill, the group said, “is supported by well-funded gun control groups like California Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.”
Assembly Bill 1673, or AB 1673, sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson), would expand the definition of a firearm to include an unfinished frame or receiver of a weapon. That would subject firearms parts to gun control laws such as ones requiring background checks.
Notably, the measure’s vague language could be interpreted to apply to simple pieces of sheet metal since many firearms are based on common items that could be “readily converted to the functional condition of a finished frame or receiver,” the Firearms Policy Center charged.
AB 1673 and AB 1674 could be just the tip of the iceberg. California Public Radio reported that even more gun control measures could be introduced in the legislature.
Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) would like to see people listed on the Transportation Security Administration’s no-fly list banned from owning guns in California.
Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) wants to expand judges’ power to issue gun-restraining orders. Such an order can empower police to seize firearms from law-abiding citizens if a family member says the person is dangerous.
State Senate President Kevin de Leon (D-East Los Angeles) is planning a package of gun-control measures, including requiring background checks for ammunition purposes.
“Extremist California Democrats will not be satisfied until every law-abiding gun owner is either in jail or disarmed,” said Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition. “Gun control laws like AB 1673 and AB 1674 are designed to gut the Second Amendment by making it virtually impossible to exercise our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms without a law degree or a badge.”
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