Gov. Gavin Newsom just signed a slew of bills further restricting Californians ability to purchase guns and rifles, and expanding red flag laws.
Perhaps the most egregious is Senate Bill 61 by Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-Lan Canada/Flintridge), which prohibits individuals from purchasing more than one gun, of any kind, per month. This bill will have the most adverse impact on California’s gun owners and will have the least impact on gun crime in California, says Gun Owners of California President Sam Paredes. “Gun Owners has consistently supported efforts to prevent the flow of illegal firearms, but there is no data suggesting someone who purchases two guns a month – or three guns for that matter – is a danger to society or engaging in illicit activity.”
Gun Owners of CA listed all of the bills signed by the governor in addition to SB 61. “His unquenchable drive to drown the Constitution and the Bill of Rights will not happen without a robust fight from us,” Paredes said. “Newsom has just busted the door open for more legal challenges.”
AB 879 / Gipson [D]
Requires the sale of firearm “precursor parts” (individual parts that can be used to assemble a complete firearm) to be conducted by or processed through a licensed firearm “precursor part vendor.” This bill will have no conceivable impact on gun crimes; it will simply make it more difficult for law abiding gun owners to acquire the parts needed to update, customize or repair the guns they legally possess.
AB 893 / Gloria [D]
Prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego; in signing this bill the Governor is defying the court that ruled public venues cannot be selective in deciding which legal activities can be allowed to use state owned facilities. Plus, there is zero evidence that violence is escalated at gun shows.
AB 1297 / McCarty [D]
Requires the local licensing authority to increase fees on the issuance for CCW permits. This is a punitive and very specific personal jab at local sheriffs who are willing to issue CCW permits without charging a fortune or (rhetorically speaking) requiring applicants to surrender their firstborn.
AB 1669 / Bonta [D]
Doubles the fee for purchasing a firearm; funds can be used for purposes not related to background checks – the reason the fee was initially established.
SB 136 / Wiener [D]
This bill deletes the law which imposes an additional one‑year term for each prior separate prison term or county jail felony term. This is one bill that reveals just how hypocritical the Legislature is: they want to curb so-called “gun violence” yet are more than willing to reduce the sentences of felons who commit crimes with you guessed it: a gun.
SB 172 / Portantino [D]
SB 172 mandates that anyone convicted of the unsafe storage of a gun to lose their rights to possess a firearm for a period of ten years; also places unreasonable standard for senior health care facilities regarding resident firearm storage. This is a clear Constitutional violation of one’s 2nd Amendment rights.
SB 376 / Portantino [D]
This bill places unwarranted restrictions on how many firearm transfers an individual can conduct per year before being classified as a dealer. This is yet another obstacle thrown in the path of the law abiding.
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