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Monday
Dec302013

California Gun Registration Starts Jan 1, 2014

2013 has been a tough year for California gun owners... We've had some ups and downs and despite the possibility of the removal of the 10 day waiting period, a terrible new gun law will go into effect on January 1st, 2014.  Right now, any pistols purchased in the state of California are recorded by make, model, and serial number in the state's database.  Rifles, shotguns, and other long guns weren't subject to this type of registration, but they will starting January 1st.

AB 809 was actually signed into law way back in 2011 and finally goes into effect in just a few days.  Here is a quote from a letter that Governor Brown wrote back then:

Anytime someone purchases a firearm in California, whether a long gun or handgun, their personal information is sent to the Department of Justice for a criminal background check.  While purchaser information on handguns is retained, purchaser information on long guns is destroyed. 

Since the state already retains handgun purchaser information, I see no reason why the sate should not also retain information pertaining to the sales of long guns.

The state will tell you the reasoning behind the registration, and just about any other crappy gun law, is safety.  The state says this will help keep track of stolen weapons and also keep a watchful eye on who is purchasing firearms.  In reality it is another step toward taking our freedoms.

This law is not just about being fearful of the state using this kind of registration to take weapons, they are already doing it.  I've talked about the APPS program before where the state uses this database and starts knocking on doors looking for guns.  There is no warrant involved in this process, rather some coercive talking outside your door.  The APPS program is targeted toward folks with mental problems or are otherwise prohibited from firearms ownership.  I'm not going to tell you to barricade your door and yell Molon Labe, but what I am saying is that there is some cause for concern.

Remember that even if you don't live in California, many terrible programs originate here and then are brought to other states.  For now there really isn't a whole lot you can do, but if you are concerned about the state knowing which about your future long guns you are purchasing, you could always build them yourself.  80% lowers are still incredibly popular and easy to build with a few simple tools.  Besides the DIY route, be sure to contact your local legislators and stay vigilant.