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Entries in ca gun laws (21)

Wednesday
Oct012014

Govenor Brown Allows Ghosts Guns To Continue Existence In CA

The interwebs is going crazy today about Jerry Brown and the gun bills that made it to his desk.  Back in January of this year I said SB808 the famed ghost gun bill didn't stand a chance, and guess what?  Brown didn't sign it.

Thanks Governor Brown, for letting the ghost guns that reside in this state, to continue their existence here. 

Wednesday
Sep032014

Great Interview With Gene Hoffman From The CalGuns Foundation

I'm a big fan of the CalGuns Foundation, and they have been leading the charge against California's awful gun laws for the past few years.  They have a lot of legal expertise and have been suing the state for unconstitutional laws that should have never been written in the first place.  Check out this great interview with Gene Hoffman who co-founded the CGF.

Pretty good stuff, and thanks for the hard work Gene. 

h/t guns.com

Tuesday
Aug262014

CA 10 Day Waiting Period Struck Down In Court

One of the many nuances that comes with purchasing a firearm in California is the 10 day waiting period.  The liberal politicians created this time as a "cool down" period in case the purchaser was thinking about doing something awful with the new weapon and also so a background check could be run.  Why 10 days?  Well it is arbitrary number made up by a politician, and realistically would not impact safety one bit if the wait was 9 days or 11 days.  Also, if you already own a firearm is the 10 days really necessary?  Btw, background checks are damn near instant these days.

Anyway, the CalGuns Foundation has been fighting the state on this issue for a long time saying that it infringing upon the 2nd Amendment.  Basically those 10 days of waiting you are being denied your 2A rights.   The courts have ruled in our favor, and here is a little snippet taken from an article in the Washington Post which summarizes the incredibly long court doc:

When the 10-day waiting period laws apply, they prohibit every person who purchases a firearm from taking possession of that firearm for a minimum of 10 days. One cannot exercise the right to keep and bear arms without actually possessing a firearm. The purchased firearm cannot be used by the purchaser for any purpose for at least 10 days.

This great news, and big win for us gun owners!  I'm sure this will take some time to implement so don't get too demanding with that old guy at the gun store saying you want your Glock "right now!"  So what happens next?  Here is what the CalGuns Foundation said on their website:

Under the court order, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) must change its systems to accommodate the unobstructed release of guns to gun buyers who pass a background check and possess a California license to carry a handgun, or who hold a “Certificate of Eligibility” issued by the DOJ and already possess at least one firearm known to the state.

 Who knows when this will actually take place, but I"ll keep you updated as I get more updates.  I'm excited I"ll no longer need to wait 10 days for firearms purchases! Head over to the CGF for more information.

Monday
Jul212014

CA Gov. Brown Signs Bill Against Single Shot Handguns

Oh the gun blogosphere is all spun of over CA's Governor Brown signing SB1964.  For those of you not familiar, CA has a list of approved handguns which have been deemed "safe" to be purchased by law abiding citizens in this state.  Don't worry, none of the states that border CA follow this safety list so you know it is complete BS.  The list centers around guns having certain safety features like loaded chamber indicators and a few other minor things, but gun manufacturers must pay the state money to have their weapons tested and continually pay to keep these handguns on the list.  Make no mistake, the whole purpose of this list is limit which handguns are legal here and slowly choke off the flow of new handgun owners in CA.

Now this whole list is centered around safety features, but the irony is that revolvers are not subject to the "safety features" (although still must be approved to be on the list) as semi-autos and these safety features also do not apply to law enforcement.  Additionally if a manufacturer stops paying, the handgun could be removed from the list and deemed "unsafe" to be purchased.  Something smell a little fishy here?

The way the law was originally written (by the democrats) was that single shot pistols weren't subject to the same rules as the rest of the handguns.  Legally speaking (reminder I'm not a lawyer, please do your own homework and consult with an attorney) a semi auto handgun that was not on the list could be converted to a "single shot" and then legally purchased by a CA resident (background check, 10 day wait, etc).  The customer would wait 10 days then take then gun out of the store and return with to be modified back to semi auto all with the constraints of the law.

Left wing politicians in this state have looked at the law that they wrote and have deemed that it is being exploited by loop holes and must be stopped immediately.  The funny part is that folks playing by the rules of the sea of confusing CA gun laws are now looked at as exploiting loop holes.  You have to love that political spin!  As to be expected, the people that wrote these laws would never own up to their own fault, but would rather try to put a stop things ASAP and blame the folks abiding by the law.

Let me pause for a second and say that criminals are not the ones legally purchasing these handguns modified from single shot, law abiding folks are.  Will "fixing" this loop hole have any effect on crime?  Nope, not at all because criminals aren't interested in purchasing handguns legally and going through the extra cash and time mentioned above.  You see all these loop hole handguns actually make money for the state through sales tax and the services rendered through the gun shop.  That kind of thing is good for the economy and has folks spending their money locally on gunsmithing and firearms. 

All that aside, if you were to rank what the most pressing issues are in CA I'd tell you that this is on the bottom of the damned list.  California has some of the worst traffic in the country, issues with immigration, graffiti, jobs, a horrible drought, and businesses leaving for other states.  I'd say let's get those things in order first before you come after law abiding gun owners, but Jerry Brown just can't seem to figure it out.

So what does all this mean for the law abiding CA residents?  Well the CalGuns Foundation and a few others will put up a good fight and sue the state over this.  The wheels of government turn slowly, so don't expect anything to happen soon, but I think this law has good chance of being overturned in court.  That being said, this law goes in effect on January 1st, 2015 which means single shot handguns can only be breach or bolt action from that point forward and you'll be stuck with the state approved handgun list.

As always, remain vigilant and I'll keep you guys updated with more info as it is released.  Be sure to spread the word on Facebook and Twitter, and if you feel like donating financially to the cause you can visit the CalGuns Foundation as well as Firearms Policy.

Tuesday
May202014

CalGuns Is Suing Kamala Harris

Buying two handguns at the same time in California is illegal.  Why?  Well, like most things made illegal by the liberals, it was all in the name of safety for the masses.  The irony is that criminals don't go to gun stores and pass background checks, but that point was lost when the law was created. 

You have to wait 30 days between handgun purchases and you also have to pay all the DROS fees again.  You could buy multiple rifles or shotguns all on the same DROS fee but handguns are subject to different rules for no apparent reason.  Might I also add that the state is making some additional cash because you can't lump more than one handgun into a background check and must pay more money.

The Calguns Foundation and the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees are suing California's Attorney General Kamala Harris over this law.  The argument is that the 30 days between handgun purchases is in fact more for her political gains and motives and not for safety.  Additionally so, this law infringes upon our rights. 

I'd say this a bold move, and I actually think there is a very good chance of Kamala Harris losing this fight.  Keep up the good work Calguns Foundation!  Click here to donate to the Calguns Foundation, and you can read the official press release here.