As though Constitutional rights have not been curtailed enough in California, a new bill to curtail them further has advanced in California. They are now trying to make it so that a person would have to be 21 to exercise their constitutional right to purchase a firearm.
Assembly Bill 3, by Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Obviously) was approved by Senate committee and Senate Bill 1100 from Sen Anthony Portantino (also D-Obviously) passed the Assembly’s committee on the same day. So now, as Craig DeLuz from the Firearms Policy Coalition pointed out, 18 year-old Californians can go to war and can’t even buy a basic handgun at home for self defense.
As Sal Rodriguez points out in the OC Register, this simply makes no sense:
Others at the hearing raised the point that it doesn’t make sense to single out the Second Amendment rights of 18-20 year olds. The Second Amendment is as much a right as the right to vote. And even the consequentialist arguments that 18-20 year olds being disproportionately involved in violent gun crimes doesn’t warrant curtailing their rights anymore than raising the age at which young adults should be able to drive because of how many accidents young people get into.
Law-abiding people from 18-20 should not be punished because some people their age break the law.This bill also limits firearms purchases to one per month, regardless of the type of gun for some reason.
Meanwhile, by the end of the month, the state is requiring that certain types of firearms be registered. The Department of Justice website even features an Orwellian countdown clock.
Brandon Combs, president of the California-based Firearms Policy Coalition, told Guns.com:
The State of California has made gun ownership a Hobson’s choice, wherein one must either accept registration that may yet let to a confiscatory ban like Prop 63 and heavy-handed law enforcement or waive fundamental rights by not having guns at all.
What happens when the person to whom the gun is registered dies? The gun either has to be surrendered to the state, rendered inoperable, or taken out of state. “In other words, it’s simply a long-term confiscation,” George Lee, a San Francisco Bay-area attorney specializing in firearms law told Guns.com.
California does love to chip away at the Constitution, doesn’t it?