When it comes to gun rights, Californians are some of the most restricted groups in the United States. Thanks to Proposition 63 it’s about to get worse. But Golden State gun owners may be cheered to discover that the state’s police chiefs are objecting to “prohibiting the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines and requiring certain individuals to pass a background check in order to purchase ammunition.”
Officially, the California Police Chiefs Association has decided to oppose Proposition 63 because it “fails to meet the appropriate balance between public safety and individual gun rights.” The real reason Golden State police chiefs don’t support this measure: law enforcement won’t be exempt from its provisions. At least not yet. From latimes.com:
Ventura Police Chief Ken Corney, who is president of the association, wrote that his group supported legislation enacted this year that requires background checks for those buying ammunition. But Corney said Proposition 63 reverses some exemptions that allow law enforcement to continue purchasing ammunition freely for on-duty purposes.
California gun owners are having their Constitutionally protected property demonized, fined, and regulated to the point where many are leaving. Gun rights advocates who can’t afford to leave — for personal or financial reason — keep trying to fight a system they can’t beat. Short of the unthinkable, nothing will change.
The more I read about California’s tyrannical government, the more I believe that my decision to leave the state was a good one. Police chiefs aren’t siding with civilians because the gun laws are tyrannical, but because the laws now affect them as well. That’s a new kind of terrifying.