California’s firearm laws tightened excessively?

Gov. Jerry Brown acted on a host of gun control proposals last week, tightening California’s firearm laws in significant ways. The Democrat on Friday signed bills to bar those aged 18-to-20 from buying firearms, expand gun seizure order laws and implement a variety of new lifetime bans on gun ownership. Brown also vetoed bills that would have banned gun shows at a state-owned facility, rationed shotgun and rifle sales to one gun a month, and cut out gun retailers from “buyback” programs.

The most contentious of the measures, SB 1100, bars firearm sales to those under 21 years of age. The move is similar to laws passed in Florida and Vermont this year, both of which have been challenged in court. A fiscal analysis of the measure estimates California would lose out on $2.2 million per year in mandatory dealer fees due to the decreased number of gun sales resulting from the proposed new laws. Nonetheless, the Assembly approved it 47-30 in August setting up a 26-12 Senate concurrence.

“I was determined to help California respond appropriately to the tragic events our country has recently faced on high school campuses,” said the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Anthony J. Portantino, D–La Cañada. “I feel it is imperative that California leads when Washington refuses to act.”

Gun rights groups, who vigorously opposed the age increase and urged Brown to veto the measure, said in an email to Guns.com they are exploring legal options to fight to the new law. “Governor Brown just told millions of people under 21 that they can fight and die for our state and country with machine guns, but they can’t buy a gun for self-defense in their homes. That’s nuts,” said Craig DeLuz, spokesman for the Firearms Policy Coalition.

Other bills signed

Brown also approved AB 1968 and AB 3129, which adds to the list of lifetime bans on firearm ownership those individuals convicted of any misdemeanor domestic violence or those that have been admitted to a mental health facility more than once in a one-year period. The latter would trigger the removal of guns from someone placed on a 5150 hold in California twice in a one year period. Supported by the California State Sheriffs Association and gun control groups but opposed by gun rights organizations, the measure only picked up seven “no” votes during its legislative process.

Two measures expanding California’s gun violence restraining orders, SB 1200 and AB 2526, were signed into law by Brown. The moves will allow such orders to be issued verbally by courts in emergencies, speeding up the process to seize guns from those thought to be at risk to themselves or others, and mandate that gun magazines be part of the seizure as well.

Vetoes issued

Not all was bad news from Sacramento for gun owners last week as Brown, clearing his desk of the last of some 1,200 bills sent to his office by lawmakers this year, scuttled a move that would have banned gun shows at the state-controlled Cow Palace in Daly City. The historic venue has long been the location of numerous gun shows throughout the years, which has drawn the ire of Democrats from nearby San Francisco. Similar bills had been vetoed twice in the past decade.

“The decision on what kind of shows occur at the Cow Palace rests with the local board of directors which, incidentally, represents a broad cross-section of the community,” said Brown in his veto message.

A move to ration shotgun and rifle sales to one every 30 days, which is already the law with handguns in California, was similarly rejected by Brown. The long-term governor noted, “I vetoed a substantially similar bill in 2016, and my views have not changed.”

Just the District of Columbia, Maryland, and New Jersey have gun rationing laws on the books, but they, like California’s current statute, are directed at handguns only.

A final measure sunk by Brown, AB 1903, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, would mandate that gift cards and certificates given in gun buybacks can’t be issued by businesses that sell firearms or ammunition. Gonzalez Fletcher said that she saw Wal-Mart gift cards at a recent event in her area and called it “hypocritical and almost a waste of taxpayer dollars” to take in “old, often useless guns” for cards that can be used to buy new ones.

In his veto message on the bill, Brown said that he understood the intent behind it “but I do not believe local firearm buyback programs need to be micromanaged to this degree.”

The raft of legislation adds to five measures Brown processed earlier in September. Those included lending signatures to a bill making a firearms safety course of at least eight hours mandatory before a carry license could be issued, expands the state’s ban on bump stocks, and adding a mandate to register guns without serial numbers owned by newly-moved Californians. In turn, he rejected a measure paving the way for individuals to “86” their own gun rights as well as one to increase the pool of those who can seek GVROs to seize firearms.

source: guns.com

  • Herbert W. Love, Jr.

    The tragic
    events our country has recently faced on high school campuses starts in the home. When parents educate children appropriately, (right & wrong) we see youngsters grow up with a good morel character. It’s a mental issue that
    causes anyone to kill another human being. The military is the exception for protection and we accept that as part of a culture, (preservation) but not civilian murders. Guns (NEVER) kill… only people do that when using them so we need to consider the role of mental health in our society. It all begins & ends at HOME with two PARENTS teaching children.

    • William Gordon

      That is right-ALL THE STUDENTS IN CALIFORNIA ARE STUPID–THEY CAN EVEN ANSWER A QUESTION THAT WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL HAD TOI KNOW TO GO FROM 8 TO 9 GRADE–EVERY STUDENT I HAVE TALKED TO–DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE US CONSTITUTION —-THE SUBJECTS TAUGHT IN SCHOOL IS TRASH–TIME WE TERACH THE STUDENTS ABOUT THE COUNTRY THEY LIVE IN–NOT ABOUT THE WORLD THAT CAN BE TAUGHT IN COLLEGE IF THEY GO THERE. THE FIRST 12 YEARS SHOULD LEARN HOW TO BE A GREAT CITIZEN–NOT A COMMIE/NAZI/SOCIALIST–OR EUROPE/WORLD–THEY STUDENTS SHOULD LEARN ABOUT AND FOR THIS COUNTRY

      • Herbert W. Love, Jr.

        Agreed… 100%

  • Mike Cummings

    You want to end this madness …tie the voting age to the legal age to drink, buy a gun or vote…should be the same age for all. The liberals are kicking around the idea of 16 as a voting age . Vote , drink or buy a forearm at 21 ????

  • Paul Smith

    Elections have consequences. If that’s what Kalifornia wants, that’s what Kalifornia gets. They sure have screwed up a beautiful state.

  • William Gordon

    Brown and his stupid party must go from California–or within the next few years–the state will be broke-and also-most of the good people will have left all that will be left is the commie/socialist and illegals–and maybe the US Government will cut off their funds until they live up to their responsiblities. Being a commie/socialist -letting the illegals get away with murder and stealing–It is time the state is turned around..

  • hoyingla

    I am so glad I chose NOT to retire from the Military in California! The sheer stupidity of these make me feel good laws is so blatant so as to be a leap from reality straight into the Twilight Zone!! Just shows what legalizing Marijuana does for the legislature of course the Gov Brown never quit smoking the dope laced with LSD or something similar.

  • Glenn

    If Brown really wanted to help California, he would start by getting all illegals out of the state. Then start cleaning your cities up . He seems to want to do everything in his power to make California a _hithole. I have to say he is doing a very good job of that.

  • Herbert W. Love, Jr.

    California liberals enjoyed the, (make-believe-world) of “Hollywood” entirely too much. The students are not taught the fundamental knowledge of our USA History. Now the ISLAM educational programs are screwing-up their minds with the ideas that are contrary to our culture? Thank you BARRY & DEMOCRATS for ignoring the importance of AMERICAN CULTURE and the FREEDOMS that came at a PRICE. Instead Liberal Democrats pushing LGBT, Gay & Lesbians into our educational systems as to be considered normal. It’s frightening to think of the devastating effect this will do to all the future generations who are taught such nonsense. No wonder ISLAM, (protecting it’s future) kills gays & lesbians!

  • Timothy Toroian

    Let’s see, tighten gun control but let illegals be on state boards and has some say-so in government? Let them secede and see they work out as a country. Maybe most of the illegals would head there. He could be President “What the hell am I going to do now” Brown.

  • Alan404

    Looking at the quality of elected governors and the state legislature in California, does anyone reasonably expect results different from those obtained?

  • Jmanjo

    Why doesn’t he really help California and resign! What an idiot!

  • rivahmitch

    I guess we’ll now find out if there are any actual Americans in Mexifornia or just metrosexuals and Foreign Invaders. The question is whether the media will cover it if there are any real Americans there.

  • marcus J

    Governor Jerry Brown is a Communist and will continue to Violate his oath to office and to Infringe upon and Violate the Constitution and Bill of Rights ,Not to mention Federal Law , If any justice existed in the Universe He would be arrested and charged and convicted of Treason and Sedition and executed by Public Hanging by the neck until dead to make an example of Treasonous Traitorous Hard Left Liberal Anti American Slimy Weasel Politicians that Infringe Upon and Violate our Rights

  • finn

    Why doesn’t he really help California and resign! What an idiot!

  • Darioush

    I guess we’ll now find out if there are any actual Americans in Mexifornia or just metrosexuals and Foreign Invaders. The question is whether the media will cover it if there are any real Americans there.

  • jakes

    Looking at the quality of elected governors and the state legislature in California, does anyone reasonably expect results different from those obtained?

  • jono

    Elections have consequences. If that’s what Kalifornia wants, that’s what Kalifornia gets. They sure have screwed up a beautiful state.

    • Paul Smith

      Seriously?