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Entries in single shot pistol (2)

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.

Wednesday
Apr302014

AB1964: Assemblyman Dickinson Lies About Guns & Safety

I've talked before about how we have a list of "approved handguns" here in CA.  These handguns aren't any safer but the DOJ has deemed them appropriate after shaking down the manufactures for some money.  Ultimately this list isn't at all about safety, rather limiting which handguns can be purchased here.  As that list has been cut off for new models through the microstamping legislation, Californians are getting creative.

One of the ways around this list was through an exemption written into the law for single shot handguns.  Most of the time people think of single shot handguns as some strange caliber or something that is strictly used in competitive shooting.  The law also defines single shot handguns as those that were once semi autos but have been converted through a magazine plug or other device.

Much like the bullet buttons found on AR15s the good people of California went to their local gun store and sought out handguns that weren't on the list and had them "converted" to single shot before they were purchased.  The gun stores would do so and sell them as single shot versions.  Then, once the handguns were purchased, the gun store would make the modifications to turn the handguns back in to fully functioning state.  All in compliance of the law (Disclaimer: I'm not a layer, nor do I pretend to be one on this blog), although the conversation process could set you back an extra $50 or $100.

The liberal politicians would never own up to a flaw/mistaken written into their law, so they simply refer to folks using a loophole.  Make no mistake, this is not a loophole; this is an example of people abiding by the law and working under the choking unconstitutional gun laws that plague this state.  The liberals have realized their flaw that they wrote into this law and are now working to pass a bill modify the definition of a single shot handgun.

According to AB 1964, single shot pistols would now need to be either a breach action or a bolt action gun.  This bill is sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson who said the following about this bill:

By limiting the guns available for sale we can further protect our families and our communities from gun violence.

WTF.  Dickinson is clearly missing the mark on this one, and telling a huge lie to the public.  The folks that are going to be hurt by his bill aren't criminals; it is the law abiding people of California who will be punished.  Limiting gun models available to CA residents does not limit crime.  This is the same tired lie told by liberals for years: trade your freedom for safety.  This bill won't make anyone's family safer, or make communities better places to life. 

AB1964 passed in committee and will go through a long and boring legislative process.  Ultimately, I don't think this bill will become law, and if it does it is more fuel for the NRA and other pro gun groups to sue the state.  I'll keep you posted on the progress of AB 1964, but in the meantime say vigilant and contact your local legislature.

h/t guns.com