Governor Brown Creates CA Long Gun Registry

After signing a bill outlawing open carry, California Governor Jerry Brown has put his John Hancock on AB 809. The bill creates a long gun registry; the Golden State will now maintain a permanent record of all new long guns purchased within it borders. Brown justified the open carry kibosh by agreeing with his state’s top cops that empty guns holstered in plain sight put the public and the po-po in harm’s way—despite any statistical or even anecdotal evidence that the statement was factual in any way shape or form. This time ’round, Brown’s felt slightly less need to tell the folks WTF. “Since the state already retains handgun purchaser information,” the Gov’s official statement reminds us. “I see no reason why the state should not also retain information pertaining to the sales of long guns.” Where’s an NRA lobbyist when you need one?