California is going further and further down the slippery slope as Governor Jerry Brown today signed into law several measure that will do nothing to promote public safety, but will certainly infringe on the lawful ownership and use of firearms.
Starting off, I had no idea the state of California was collecting so much information on gun owners. While most other states do not have a registry of what guns whom has purchased, California knows every gun their citizens take possession of. If things go south and you’re a Californian, at least the government will know what to come get – down to the make, model and serial number. Here’s everything the California registry contains on anyone purchasing or transferring a firearm:
(1) The date and time of sale.(2) The make of firearm.(3) Peace officer exemption status pursuant to the provisions listed in subdivision (c) of Section 16585, and the agency name.(4) Any applicable waiting period exemption information.(5) California Firearms Dealer number issued pursuant to Article 1 (commencing with Section 26700) of Chapter 2.(6) For transactions occurring on or after January 1, 2003, the purchaser’s handgun safety certificate number issued pursuant to Article 2 (commencing with Section 31610) of Chapter 4 of Division 10 of this title, or pursuant to former Article 8 (commencing with Section 12800) of Chapter 6 of Title 2 of Part 4, as that article read at any time from when it became operative on January 1, 2003, to when it was repealed by the Deadly Weapons Recodification Act of 2010.(7) Manufacturer’s name if stamped on the firearm.(8) Model name or number, if stamped on the firearm.(9) Serial number, if applicable.(10) Other number, if more than one serial number is stamped on the firearm.(11) Any identification number or mark assigned to the firearm pursuant to Section 23910.(12) If the firearm is not a handgun and does not have a serial number, identification number, or mark assigned to it, a notation as to that fact.(13) Caliber.(14) Type of firearm.(15) If the firearm is new or used.(16) Barrel length.(17) Color of the firearm.(18) Full name of purchaser.(19) Purchaser’s complete date of birth.(20) Purchaser’s local address.(21) If current address is temporary, complete permanent address of purchaser.(22) Identification of purchaser.(23) Purchaser’s place of birth (state or country).(24) Purchaser’s complete telephone number.(25) Purchaser’s occupation.(26) Purchaser’s gender.(27) Purchaser’s physical description.(28) All legal names and aliases ever used by the purchaser.(29) Yes or no answer to questions that prohibit purchase, including, but not limited to, conviction of a felony as described in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 29800) or an offense described in Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 29900) of Division 9 of this title, the purchaser’s status as a person described in Section 8100 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, whether the purchaser is a person who has been adjudicated by a court to be a danger to others or found not guilty by reason of insanity, and whether the purchaser is a person who has been found incompetent to stand trial or placed under conservatorship by a court pursuant to Section 8103 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.(30) Signature of purchaser.(31) Signature of salesperson, as a witness to the purchaser’s signature.(32) Salesperson’s certificate of eligibility number, if the salesperson has obtained a certificate of eligibility.(33) Name and complete address of the dealer or firm selling the firearm as shown on the dealer’s license.(34) The establishment number, if assigned.(35) The dealer’s complete business telephone number.(36) Any information required by Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 28050).(37) Any information required to determine whether subdivision (f) of Section 27540 applies.(38) A statement of the penalties for signing a fictitious name or address, knowingly furnishing any incorrect information, or knowingly omitting any information required to be provided for the register.(39) A statement informing the purchaser, after his or her ownership of a firearm, of all of the following:(A) Upon his or her application, the Department of Justice shall furnish him or her any information reported to the department as it relates to his or her ownership of that firearm.(B) The purchaser is entitled to file a report of his or her acquisition, disposition, or ownership of a firearm with the department pursuant to Section 28000.(C) Instructions for accessing the department’s Internet Web site for more information.(40) For transactions on and after January 1, 2015, the purchaser’s firearm safety certificate number, except that in the case of a handgun, the number from an unexpired handgun safety certificate may be used.(b) The purchaser shall provide the purchaser’s right thumbprint on the register in a manner prescribed by the department. No exception to this requirement shall be permitted except by regulations adopted by the department.(c) The firearms dealer shall record on the register or record of electronic transfer the date that the firearm is delivered, together with the firearm dealer’s signature indicating delivery of the firearm.(d) The purchaser shall sign the register or the record of electronic transfer on the date that the firearm is delivered to him or her.
Next, all firearms transfers in California will require a “safety certificate” as of January, 2015. Nothing Orwellian about the name… Previously, only handgun purchases/transfers required the certificate. So.. what is a safety certificate? To get one, you have to go to a licensed instructor and take a test.
SB 683 Firearms “Safety Certificates” for all gun transfers
(a) The department shall develop a written objective test, in English and in Spanish, and prescribe its content, form, and manner, to be administered by an instructor certified by the department.(b) If the person taking the test is unable to read, the examination shall be administered orally. If the person taking the test is unable to read English or Spanish, the test may be applied orally by a translator.(c) The test shall cover, but not be limited to, all of the following:(1) The laws applicable to carrying and handling firearms, particularly handguns.(2) The responsibilities of ownership of firearms, particularly handguns.(3) Current law as it relates to the private sale and transfer of firearms.(4) Current law as it relates to the permissible use of lethal force.(5) What constitutes safe firearm storage.(6) Issues associated with bringing a handgun into the home.(7) Prevention strategies to address issues associated with bringing firearms into the home.(d) The department shall update test materials related to this article every five years.(e) If a dealer licensed pursuant to Sections 26700 to 26915, inclusive, or his or her employee, or where the managing officer or partner is certified as an instructor pursuant to this article, he or she shall also designate a separate room or partitioned area for a person to take the objective test, and maintain adequate supervision to ensure that no acts of collusion occur while the objective test is being administered.(f) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2015, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2015, deletes or extends that date.
Nothing infringing there huh? As a firearms business owner, I think I’d have to add fees for all of these tests and certifications on to everything I sell. Pretty good chance Cali gun shop owners do. The fee for a “safety certificate” is $25, $15 of which goes to the state government. That will be used wisely…
AB 48 Ban High-Capacity Magazine Conversion Kits
Many in California have been asking online retailers to send them full-capacity magazines broken down into “kits.” That is now illegal:
(a) Except as provided in Article 2 (commencing with Section 32400) of this chapter and in Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 17700) of Division 2 of Title 2, commencing January 1, 2000, any person in this state who manufactures or causes to be manufactured, imports into the state, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives, lends, buys, or receives any large-capacity magazine is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170.(b) For purposes of this section, “manufacturing” includes both fabricating a magazine and assembling a magazine from a combination of parts, including, but not limited to, the body, spring, follower, and floor plate or end plate, to be a fully functioning large-capacity magazine.
AB170 Making Gun trusts illegal for NFA firearms
Only an individual person, not an organization, may be issued a permit to possess an assault weapon, .50 BMG rifle, or machine gun
AB711 Ban of Standard Hunting Ammunition
This bill would instead require, as soon as is practicable, but by no later than July 1, 2019, the use of nonlead ammunition for the taking of all wildlife, including game mammals, game birds, nongame birds, and nongame mammals, with any firearm. The bill would require the commission to certify, by regulation, nonlead ammunition for these purposes. The bill would require that the list of certified ammunition include any federally approved nontoxic shotgun ammunition. The bill would make conforming changes. The bill would provide that these provisions do not apply to government officials or their agents when carrying out a statutory duty required by law.
That’s going to put hunting ammo out of the budget of a large portion of the hunting community. The largest group of hunters are middle-income and non-lead ammo is high-dollar stuff.
These are draconian, oppressive and anti-hunting laws. Nothing in here will prevent gun violence and should never have been passed. California voters have a lot to think about. California hunters should be considering another state to live in.