California Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes Semi-Automatic Rifle Ban
Governor Brown had 18 gun-related bills on his desk, and although he vetoed this particular bill, he signed 11 others into law. Had he signed this particular bill, it would have banned sales of most semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines. I just can’t imagine how doing that would reduce crime. Apparently the governor agrees, but how many lawmakers were pushing to get this through? Do they understand what they are doing?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Friday that would have imposed the nation’s toughest gun ownership restrictions on Californians, saying it was too far-reaching.
The legislation would have banned future sales of most semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines, part of a firearms package approved by state lawmakers in response to mass shootings in other states.
It was lawmakers’ latest attempt to close loopholes that have allowed manufacturers to work around previous assault weapon bans. Gun rights groups had threatened to sue if the semi-automatic weapons ban became law.
“I don’t believe that this bill’s blanket ban on semi-automatic rifles would reduce criminal activity or enhance public safety enough to warrant this infringement on gun owners’ rights,” the Democratic governor wrote in his veto message.
He also noted that California already has some of the nation’s strictest gun and ammunition laws. . . .
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California’s Gun Grab – Gun Control on Steroids
These new gun control bills, if they are signed into law, will impact everything related to firearms, ammunition, and as the article claims, even hunting. If these do become law, I hope folks are able to fight back as they did in Colorado and recall the politicians who are doing this to the general public.
Breaking new ground in the state-level battle over firearms, the Democratic-dominated California state legislature has taken gun control into uncharted territory with a flurry of new bills that target not just firearms and ammunition, but also recreational hunting.
Among the dozen gun-control bills sitting on California Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk are measures that would outlaw lead ammunition for hunting as well as common types of hunting rifles under the umbrella of an assault-weapons ban. Taken together, the measures go far beyond the efforts that have inspired a sharp backlash and political battles in states such as Connecticut and Colorado.
To put the lead bill in context, about 95 percent of all ammunition sold in California contains lead. The alternative is metal bullets, some of which can pierce police armor and are banned by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Critics say the bill would effectively end hunting as a sport in California.
“If California outlaws lead bullets, the federal government already outlaws everything else, so there’s nothing left for hunters to use,” said California Assemblyman Brian Jones, a Republican from Santee. “It basically outlaws hunting.” . . . “
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