SF takes a bead on OC gun show

Revolutionary War -- fife and drumJune 13, 2013

By John Seiler

Here’s another reason to split the state apart into at least two pieces — although many more would be better. The OC Register reports:

“One of Orange County’s largest gun show operators has been named in a lawsuit filed by the San Francisco city attorney that alleged it knowingly allowed gun accessory manufacturers to ‘skirt’ California restrictions on high-capacity ammunition magazines by selling them as disassembled pieces.

“Utah-based B&L Productions, which puts on the Crossroads of the West gun shows several times a year at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, is targeted by San Francisco District Attorney Dennis Herrera, who charges the show operator allowed three companies to sell ‘repair kits’ to Californians that were really a ruse to circumvent the state’s 14-year ban on high-capacity magazines.

“The Orange County show in Costa Mesa — along with Phoenix — is the largest Crossroads puts on in the four states it operates. The show drew about 13,000 people on June 1-2 and is scheduled to come back to Costa Mesa Aug. 17-18. It will be in San Francisco June 29-30.

“Costa Mesa spokesman Bill Lobdell said Wednesday the lawsuit isn’t on the city’s radar and there are currently no plans by the city to sue the gun show on similar grounds. The suit notes Crossroads has multiple shows in California, but does not specifically mention Costa Mesa.

“The lawsuit, filed Monday in San Francisco Superior Court, claimed the defendants’ marketing of disassembled but new magazine parts wrongly told customers that in some cases the products were legal rebuild or repair kids. Herrera argued that in several instances they weren’t legal at all.

“Magazines currently have a capped capacity of 10 rounds under state law.”

So S.F. is seeking to rob a company and effectively seize control of Costa Mesa’s gun show because a “repair kit” — not an actual weapon — was sold there. Will S.F. also insist that Internet instructions on how to use such repair kids be censored?

Actually, it’s San Francisco that violates state law and U.S. law. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is explicit:

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

“The people” who belong to “a free state” are all of us. Proper defense means not pea shooters, but at least semi-automatic weapons with magazines holding up to 30 bullets. Any more than that and the magazines jam.

And all of us, together, are the “militia.” To defend our homes, and our families and communities, we need more than BB guns. This basic human and constitutional right was affirmed by the 2008 Heller decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

As to the California Constitution, it is clear in Article I, Section 3:

“The State of California is an inseparable part of the United States of America, and the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land.”

That means the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution trumps any phony state law, or action by a far-left district attorney, violating the Second Amendment.

B&L Productions and the city of Costa Mesa should counter-sue the city of San Francisco, seeking millions in compensatory and punitive damages.

And let’s split up this monstrously large, 38 million-resident state. Let SF go alone and do its Pyongyang imitation. But leave the rest of us alone.

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  1. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 13 June, 2013, 11:39

    There is NOTHING in Kalifornia law that says it is illegal to sell or buy magazine parts to rebuild grandfathered, legally owned standard capacity magazines. This practice has been going on for decades now and was never an issue when our current Governor was A.G., or any other state A.G. for that matter.

    This lawsuit by the City Attorney for the Freak Show By The Sea is just grandstanding and a campaign of legal intimidation. The real purpose here is to shut down gun shows in the state altogether while providing despicable hacks like Dennis Herrera with lots of camera face time. I bet Dennis The Menace is planning on running for mayor soon. It also wouldn’t surprise me to find out that Mayor Bloomberg is providing funding and “legal expertise” for this nonsense.

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  2. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 13 June, 2013, 12:05

    “I bet Dennis The Menace is planning on running for mayor soon.”

    He already did once…..in ’11. Came in 3rd. Probably not liberal enough. After all….in San Francisco, Fidel Castro would be a “crazed right-winger”.

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  3. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 13 June, 2013, 16:57

    The way to handle these attempts to bypass our laws would be to use the same language as the National Firearms Act or 1934 to describe the prohibited firearms. Under that statute, any part that makes a weapon into a prohibited class of firearms is, itself, considered a regulated firearm for legal purposes.

    In California, that would only require changing the current law to include any parts that can be used to convert a legal magazine into an illegal magazine, statutorily defining those parts as contraband.

    There’s nearly 80 years of precedent in federal law, so the constitutional issues would be relatively easy for our AG to litigate.

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  4. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 13 June, 2013, 17:13

    I’m sure some of this is getting traction because it was reported that the nutcase in Santa Monica had modified his AR-15.

    Then again, it probably also shows the sheer ignorance of anti-gun zealots, who are truly shocked to find out that firearms are often modified, fiddled with, monkeyed with and generally jacked-around with……and have been since the first Chinese “fire lance” in the 13th Century.

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  5. Donkey
    Donkey 13 June, 2013, 18:27

    Skdog, why are you such a control freak, and anti-Constituton statist? Stay out of my house, just as you have always wanted everyone out of your bedroom. Most of you LE nazis want more reasons to increase the size of your PIC!! 🙂

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  6. Hondo
    Hondo 14 June, 2013, 07:54

    Again.
    I think we Americans should be able to own the same guns (AK47’s with 30 round mags)that Obama ran to the mass murdering drug cartels in Mexico.
    Hondo…..

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