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Gov. Brown Goes After Ghost Guns

They DIY 80% complete firearms option was quite popular in CA...  It used to be that you could build a firearm at home as long as you didn't intend to sell it and it was for your personal usage.  Of course it also had to be in compliance with local laws (I'm  not a lawyer do your own research).  All that changed recently when Gov Brown signed AB 857. 

CWC reports that from now on you'll have to "apply" to the DOJ for a serial number for the rifle you plan on building.  Then they will issue you a serial number at which point you can build your own rifle.  Btw, this also applies to rifles built in the past.

My thoughts have always been that the heavy liberal politicians will swing for the fences in terms of what they can get passed into law.  While this law sucks, I'm also not terribly surprised considering that they were able to pass so many other bad laws recently. 

Stay vigilant folks.  I'm hoping things will get better, but it appears we've hit a bit of a rough patch these last few weeks in CA...


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.


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.


WTF Gov. Brown...

::sigh:: When Arnold left office, the People's Republik of Kalifornia was happy to see him go.  He enacted some crap-tastic gun laws and did a whole lot of nothing for the PRK.  Gov. Brown took the reigns and I had heard he was a real sportsman who loved guns; I doubt it now!  He passed a bunch of bills, and I'll talk about a few of them.

Assembly Bill 809

Registering long guns?  WTF?  I'm sure this will help keep track of all those hunters criminals who purchase bolt action rifles to use in bank robberies.... This will cost the PRK a bunch of money and I genuinely feel this is not where our efforts should be focused. 

Assembly Bill 144

Open carry is now illegal.  I knew this was coming and it is kinda sad.  I was offended that a few PRK gun owners took it upon themselves to (represent all PRK gun owners) put this law to the test by rockin' their pistols in public.  Look, I understand that is "legal" but isn't exactly good for the liberal sheeple that live in this state.  By "drumming up awareness" you've now passed bill 144 based on your public statement of bringing your cheap ass .32 auto to the local Starbucks.

Dream Act

Another great place to put resources, the illegal aliens of the PRK!  WTF seriously?  I could do a whole post on this alone, but once again, is this the answer to PRK's problems?  Of course not.... You can read all the details about it here.

The NRA put together a list of firearms related bills:

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Three Anti-Gun Bills into Law
On Sunday, California gun owners and sportsmen were dealt another blow when Governor Jerry Brown signed into law three anti-gun bills (AB 809, SB 819 and AB 144) and vetoed a fourth (SB 427) only because there is a pending lawsuit, according to his veto message on the bill. The Governor did sign one pro-gun bill (SB 610) into law.
Below is a description of each of the bills Governor Brown signed into law. AB 144 and SB 819 will take effect on January 1, 2012. AB 809 will take effect on January 1, 2014.
Assembly Bill 809 will require the registration of any newly purchased long guns. Not only does AB 809 violate Second Amendment rights by expanding California’s gun registry to include rifles and shotguns, it is also a huge waste of taxpayer money at a time when California is drowning in debt. Gun control advocates estimate the cost of this registration at $400,000, a number that is almost certainly far less than it will actually cost to implement and enforce this registry if enacted. The only value of registration is to help governments confiscate firearms in the future. To view Governor Brown’s signing message click here.
Senate Bill 819 allows the Department of Justice to use the Dealer Record of Sales (DROS) funds to help pay for enforcement of California firearm possession laws in the Armed & Prohibited Persons Systems program. The DROS fund monies were originally collected from every firearm purchaser to pay for the administrative process for background checks. This new law will divert hundreds of thousands of dollars of DROS fee monies that YOU have paid for background checks. As a result, the DROS fund will run out of money and when it does, they will want another increase in the fees YOU PAY for FIREARM background checks in California.
Assembly Bill 144 bans the open carrying of an unloaded handgun. In reality, the open carrying of firearms by law-abiding citizens is caused by California’s unfair concealed carry laws, which allow citizens from one county to apply for and receive a permit while neighbors in the next county are denied that basic right in an arbitrary manner.
Senate Bill 427 was vetoed by the Governor. Unfortunately, the only reason he vetoed this bill was because of the pending lawsuit against its predecessor, AB 962. Not once did the Governor mention how this bill will negatively affect California gun owners, sportsmen or retailers.
This bill would have granted authority to law enforcement to collect sales records from ammunition retailers, required ammunition vendors to notify local law enforcement of their intention to engage in the business of selling ammunition AND includes a list of calibers which would have to be registered to purchasers at the point-of-purchase. This list contains ammunition popular among hunters and collectors. This point-of-sale registration of all ammunition purchases in the state would be available for inspection by the California Department of Justice at any time. To view Governor Brown’s veto message click here.
As noted above, Governor Brown did sign one pro-gun bill (SB 610) into law.
Senate Bill 610 standardizes the application process for a permit to carry a concealed handgun and removes the requirement that a CCW applicant obtain liability insurance as a condition of obtaining a CCW permit.