CA gun control repeal effort builds

 

confiscate-guns-1024x535Gun rights groups have turned up the heat on Sacramento’s newest firearms restrictions, mounting an effort to repeal seven fresh laws through the ballot this election year. 

“The group ‘Veto Gunmageddon’ needs to collect 360,000 signatures for each measure by the end of the month to get them before voters in November, KCBS San Francisco reported. An uphill battle awaits. “Lawmakers passed a dozen gun control bills in June, seven of which Brown signed into law, including legislation requiring background checks for ammunition purchases and a ban on possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds,” as the San Jose Mercury News observed. Those provisions, the paper added, were identical to proposals Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom touted independently in his early-bird bid to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018.

Political powder keg

Although Democratic lawmakers irked by the redundancy have won out, analysts have speculated that Newsom could wind up benefiting most from politicking the Gunmageddon ordeal. “He will be able to say gun restrictions are under attack and that it’s more important than ever to pass my ballot measure,” Loyola Law School’s Jessica Levinson told the Mercury News.

What’s more, Newsom and his allies have already stockpiled a huge amount of cash relative to opponents of the Proposition 63 ballot measure. Prop. 63 “would ban possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines, require background checks for Californians buying bullets, create a process for getting felons to relinquish firearms and mandate reporting of lost or stolen guns,” the Los Angeles Times reported. “Newsom’s Safety for All Committee reported it has raised $3.8 million so far, compared with $467,000 raised by two committees opposing” Prop. 63.

Supreme struggles

The scramble to settle the fate of the state’s gun laws in the court of popular opinion has played out against the backdrop of a very different kind of legal battle — one where the public’s voice could count for nearly nothing. Gun activists succeeded in pursuing a controversial case to the door of the U.S. Supreme Court. Although judges recently shot down their suit against the state of California, which requires a license for concealed carry outside one’s home, the groups vowed to seek a final decision from the nation’s highest court. “The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the law in June, ruling 7-4 that there is no constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public,” the San Francisco Chronicle recalled. “Opponents sought a rehearing before the entire appeals court, but the court said […] that the request had failed to win a majority among its 28 active judges. No vote total was announced.”

“The century-old state law requires handgun owners to obtain a permit from a local law enforcement agency before they can legally pack their weapons in public. The permits are virtually unavailable to anyone except police and security guards in most metropolitan areas, but are issued in most rural and inland areas to any adult who asserts a need for self-defense and does not have a disqualifying criminal record.”

A rush to bear arms

Californians have been loading up on firearms this year. At their current pace, Golden Staters will cross the million gun threshold by January. “The soaring gun sale totals — which show 554,203 firearms sales through late July — come in the wake of mass shootings in Orlando and Dallas, followed by calls for gun control legislation,” Southern California Public Radio noted, citing new data obtained from the Dealer Record of Sales, a gun tracking system run by the state’s Department of Justice. “The system shows gun sales on track to surpass 2015 nearly everywhere in the state,” the station added, although “the percentage of households in the U.S. with guns in them has been falling for decades.”

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  1. Queeg
    Queeg 20 August, 2016, 08:40

    Comrades

    The Visigoths and Huns are stirring!

    Utopia still has warts.

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  2. Ted. Mentor to the doomed....Builder of the FUTURE!
    Ted. Mentor to the doomed....Builder of the FUTURE! 20 August, 2016, 15:34

    Honestly– Could the repubs and gun nuts be any more stupid?

    First they said death panels were coming…then it was Obama coming for our guns…..now Hillary is going to “repeal” the second A…….LOL……THEN the best they could do for Pres is the MORON Don Trump!

    OMG IKE is tuning in his grave!!

    Where are the cwd repubs at???? You girls quit yet???

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  3. Mayday911us.
    Mayday911us. 20 August, 2016, 20:33

    Well let’s see California has some of the toughest gun control laws in the United States even before this was passed.

    No let’s actually think about it The so-called measures or laws had been sold to people in the name of safety. But in reality it’s just feel good legislation of look we did something.

    If I not mistaken it’s in California up to 14 mass shootings now by the federal definition?

    Oh and if I’m not mistaken didn’t California pass the right to die law yeah the right to die by gunfire.

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  4. Big Bang
    Big Bang 21 August, 2016, 16:10

    I have a big gun. Don t mess with my gun. I like when it go bang.

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  5. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 22 August, 2016, 07:43

    Repeal all gun control laws the Brady Law the waiting periods and vote moonbeam out in 2018 and the same to his major domo dummy Newsrom

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  6. Phil Ossiferz Stone
    Phil Ossiferz Stone 28 August, 2016, 10:14

    I fail to understand why anyone thinks that the suburban sheeple will *not* cheerfully vote for gun control. Maybe I’m wrong.

    I guess we’ll see.

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  7. rick
    rick 1 September, 2016, 10:36

    Californians who believe that stripping any rights away from we the people for a better good of a safe society haven’t a clue of a safe society. Stop believing in the government or police departments to keep you safe take the responsibility yourself Gavin Nusence does not know how to keep you safe better than you, only you know what’s best for you and your family so stop trusting in unqualified people to tell you what you need!

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