California is proceeding with a ballot initiative that the Firearms Policy Coalition calls “the most radical and dangerous anti-gun ballot initiative in over 30 years.” It needs some 300k signatures to appear at the voting booth. It will get them. The ballot’s stated purpose and intent: “To implement reasonable and common-sense reforms to make California’s gun safety laws the toughest in the nation while still safeguarding the Second Amendment rights of all law- abiding, responsible Californians. [Click here to read the text.] The FPC summarizes its provisions thusly . . .
MANDATORY $50 DOJ AMMUNITION PURCHASE PERMIT
Under Gavin’s plan, anyone who wants to buy ammunition would need to pay $50 for one more background check and one more special DOJ licenses. How many special licenses and permits will California require to exercise Second Amendment rights?
ELIMINATION OF ONLINE AND “MAIL ORDER” AMMUNITION SALES
By requiring that all ammunition is transferred through specially-licensed ammunition retailers, Newsom’s anti-gun ballot initiative would eliminate online and mail order ammunition.
CRIMINALIZATION OF PRIVATE SALE AND TRANSFER OF AMMUNITION
No more letting someone borrow ammo for a range day, to finish the hunting trip, or even selling off extra ammunition.
TOTAL, CONFISCATORY BAN ON “LARGE-CAPACITY MAGAZINES” & BACK-DOOR GUN BAN
Millions of legally-possessed standard firearm magazines would need to be sold out of state, taken out of state, or collected destroyed by law enforcement. This is nothing less than a confiscatory, police state taking of your lawfully owned private property.
Worse, many legal firearms require magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds, as those are the only magazines available. This provision is a massive infringement of your Constitutional rights and a back-door gun ban.
Note that California law states that “any person in this state who….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.”
SPECIAL DOJ-ISSUED AMMUNITION SALES PERMITS
Hundreds, if not thousands, of existing ammunition retailers in California would be prohibited from selling ammunition…and might be forced to close their doors completely due to the requirement of a special, DOJ-issued ‘ammunition sales permit’ and burdensome new rules.
Exercising your Second Amendment rights would become more difficult, and, in some cases, virtually impossible, not to mention far more expensive. This provision would drastically reduce law-abiding people’s access to constitutionally-protected ammunition.
REQUIRED LOST/STOLEN LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTING
The initiative would require that firearm owners waive their Fifth Amendment rights to notify law enforcement if their firearm has been lost or stolen.
If this initiative passes, California gun control advocates will take yet another giant step towards degrading and destroying Golden State gun owners’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.
So-called slave states are salivating at the prospect. At the same time, so-called free states are moving forward to defending and extending Americans’ gun rights. While so-called slave states To quote Yeats, “things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.” It’s high time the Supreme Court stepped in – providing the majority of current Justices can read the Second Amendment.