Last Thursday new gun control proposals were introduced in to the California legislature. If passed, these proposals will be the most draconian gun legislation ever passed in the United States on a state wide level. I will become a felon just for possessing certain type of ammo, two guns with a 102 year old design (one of which is 50 years old itself), and my little .22 LR will also be felonious to own. No grandfathering in of older weapons either. Here are the proposals.:
- Require anyone wishing to buy ammunition to first get a permit by passing a background check, as Los Angeles and Sacramento already do.
- Update the definition of a banned shotgun with a revolving cylinder to include the new technology of a shotgun-rifle combination. The way it is worded, basically only single shot shotguns will remain legal.
- Prevent unregulated gun loans, with some exceptions, including hunting, in order to keep weapons from those who haven’t passed background checks.
- Require all handgun owners obtain a safety certificate every year, rather than the every-five-years requirement for purchases of new handguns.
- Prohibit anyone barred from owning a weapon from living in a home where weapons are kept and to expand the list of crimes for which convictions result in being barred from gun possession.
- Let the state Justice Department use money from the state’s Dealer’s Record of Sale system to eliminate the backlog of people identified as no longer allowed to own guns but not yet investigated and contacted by law enforcement.
- Possession of hollow point bullets and similar assault bullets a felony.
- Only purchase max 500 rounds, Max.
- 10 round magazine limit.
- ALL magazines must be fixed to the gun (can not be removed without the use of a tool)
- 100% prohibition of all magazines greater than 10 rounds. All previous grandfathered magazines become illegal. Felony if you keep one.
- Two different .05 per bullet tax initiatives were also introduced. Both could pass, raising it to .10 per bullet, per box.
If any of these pass, I will be loaning my guns to a friend in Arizona until I can find a way to move the hell out of this state. I love the land in California, but can’t stand the legislation that runs it.