Reacting to the shocking news that gunmakers actually read the laws that California churns out and design guns around them, all State Senator Leland Yee could manage to sputter was, “When I saw the news I was absolutely horrified.” The gaping loophole that has the poor Senator all aflutter means rifles with bullet buttons – which actually allow a shooter to change out a magazine – are legal in the Golden State. Yes, that sounds pretty basic and magazine releases are legal just about everywhere else in these fifty-seven states. But what works so well for the rest of us doesn’t cut it on the left coast . . .
As the good Senator recently told sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com:
“It is extremely important that individuals in the state of California do not own assault weapons. I mean that is just so crystal clear, there is no debate, no discussion,” said Yee.
That’s why the Senator is introducing a bill to ban the bullet button.
Whistling past another potential setback for Cali gunnies, Gene Hoffman’s putting on a brave face.
“I am not sure the Legislature has an appetite to bite off something so large,” said Calguns President Gene Hoffman, the creator of the bullet button. “The real reason I designed it was because the original kind of ways to create AR-15s that were California legal were actually quite dangerous on the range.”
We hate to ruin Gene’s day, but his state hasn’t exhibited any limit to its appetite for all the restrictions on gun ownership and use it can get. No, when it comes to restricting Second Amendment rights, California makes Takeru Kobayashi look like Lady Bracknell daintily nibbling a cucumber sandwich with her tea.
As always, we wish Calguns well in its fight opposing this latest intrusion into how Californians choose to use operate the few firearms the state still deigns to allow them to own. It seems their neighbors keep electing people who always seem to know exactly how everyone else should live their lives. So the next time you’re at the range sighting in that new rifle you just brought home, think of the gun owners out west each time you casually press that mag release switch. They don’t have it quite so easy.