California is one of the most anti-gun states in America, and lately, the sheer volume of its gun restrictions are starting to resemble the massive, congested “left coast” state. California’s war against the Second Amendment, by passing countless laws, to make the lives of law-abiding California gun owners as miserable as possible has hit roadblocks, potholes, and has recently been driven into the ditch.
Never deterred by a setback, or the Constitution, the state keeps passing one anti-gun measure after another. Last July, in one day alone, dubbed the “Gunpocalypse,” California’s governor, Jerry Brown, signed six new gun laws. Despite California’s layering of one poorly crafted anti-gun laws on top of another, the state has some of the most violent cities in America. Like Chicago and Baltimore, which also have some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, more gun laws are not getting the intended results. In cities like Democrat run Seattle, gun crime have actually went up after the city imposed a $25 tax on every firearm.
No one is really sure what the end goal of California’s legislature is, besides making gun ownership illegal. If it were not for the pesky U.S. Constitution, and the Supreme Court’s Heller ruling, they might have gotten their wish.
President of the Firearms Policy Coalition, Brandon Combs, believes that this piling of gun laws is to their overly complex nature, a move he believes is to hide the Democratic legislatures hatred of guns.
“Really, all of this is just layering lipstick on the gun-control pig,” says Combs. “It’s not that difficult to ban guns or people, but they are trying to do it in a way that makes it look like they are not. So, delays like this is what you get when gun-control proponents can’t help but be dishonest about the laws they’re passing.”
“California governor Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, and the state’s legislature have created a system of gun-control laws that are so complicated and so full of problems that the attorney general and thousands of DOJ lawyers can’t figure out how to make them work without illegally creating new regulations.”
The gun rights expert says that, but lately, California is running up into a lot of legal challenges regarding their seemingly infinite gun restrictions and laws. These legal losses have led to delays in enforcement and confusion as to what law trumps the other.
Gun rights groups are spending lots of time out in California lately, and it’s paying off. Lawyers for groups like The California Rifle and Pistol Association, working along side the National Rifle Association, and The Firearms Policy Coalition have all taken the state to court.
The two rifle associations scored a victory a few weeks ago when the California Department of Justice loss its case regarding the states broadening of the definition of an “assault weapon” and restricting the possession of magazine clips that hold over 10 rounds of ammunition. The new law, dealing with the“bullet button,” was drafted in response to gun manufacturers getting around a previous gun law.
In that case, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) ruled California’s DOJ acted improperly and was trying to to avoid the public comment period on the “bullet button” ban. That defeat cost the state six months of enforcement.
Just days later, the California DOJ was dealt another blow when U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez sided with the The Firearms Policy Coalition, saying the states gun magazine confiscation regulation “is neither presumptively legal nor longstanding.”
Benitez laid it out plainly when he said, “The statute hits close to the core of the Second Amendment and is more than a slight burden.”
Not only has there been legal headache after headache for state liberals, but the implementation has been abysmal, at best.
One of the many new rules required all ammunition to be sold through licensed dealers. Applications were to be submitted electronically by July 1. That might be be reasonable, and have minimal affect, except to this date, the online application portal and sellers database are non-existent.
To add to the confusion, the rules on how to get approved were only released this past Monday. So, for a few months, it could be illegal to purchase ammunition from ammunition dealers because the state requires an application that is not in existence yet.
Yes, things are that confusing out in the golden state, a state that is starting to look like fools gold.
When asked, Combs told reporters that he believes California will need many years to make all of these gun control pieces fit together, and in a way that is legal. “I think that a number of things are contributing to the delays, including the fact that DOJ doesn’t really want people to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. They don’t prioritize civil rights, especially ones they don’t like,” said Combs.
Even with all of these setbacks, the fervent gun-control leftist are unswayed in their belief that they can, and will, make California a gun free, effectively. Amanda Wilcox, legislative chair of the Brady Campaign’s California chapter confidently said, “It’s a setback, but I take the long-term view. The important thing is that people can’t buy [bullet-button firearms].”
It’s easy to be confident when your state legislature ignores the liberties of gun right owners.