California’s been at it again, making buying a gun more complex for residents. Because of course. Democratic Senator Anthony Portantino, who is known for his love of gun control, has been working for some time now on SB 914.
What’s that? In legalese it’s an act to amend Sections 27505, 28210, 28215, 28220, 28230, 29615, 30379, and 20470, to add Section 16685 to, and to repeal and add Section 27945 of, the Penal Code, relating to firearms.
In simple terms it ties buying long guns to having hunting licenses.
SB 914, as amended, Portantino. Firearms: hunting exemptions. Firearms.Existing law prohibits the purchase or receipt of a firearm by, or the sale or transfer of a firearm to, any person who does not have a firearm safety certificate, as specified. Existing law also prohibits the sale or transfer of a firearm by a licensed firearm dealer to a person under 21 years of age. Existing law exempts from these provisions the sale, transfer, purchase, or receipt of a firearm, other than a handgun, to or by a person without a firearm safety certificate, but in possession of a valid, unexpired hunting license, as specified. Existing law also exempts the sale or transfer of a firearm, other than a handgun or semiautomatic centerfire rifle, to a person 18 years of age or older who possesses a valid, unexpired hunting license, as specified.This bill would, for purposes of these provisions, define a valid and unexpired hunting license.Existing law, subject to exceptions, imposes a 10-day waiting period for delivery of a firearm, during which time a background check is conducted by the Department of Justice to determine if the proposed recipient of the firearm is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm.This bill would require the department, for sales of firearms to persons under 21 years of age who are eligible to purchase a firearm based upon their possession of a hunting license, to confirm the validity of the hunting license as part of the background check.
If you’re thinking this doesn’t sound like a big deal, here’s the problem: this bill means having a hunting license for a future hunt won’t work if you want to buy a gun. You’d need a license for a currently-underway season. Got a tag for elk? That won’t matter because it’s in the future. You’d have to buy a current hunting license just to buy that long gun.
Think it won’t affect you because you’re older? That’s not how any of this works, people, and assuming something cannot or will not hurt you is dangerously naïve. Eventually these laws expand — it’s what they do — and will affect more and more people (especially in California).
Think it doesn’t matter because it’s only out in “Commiefornia?” When one state sets a precedent like this it tends to bleed into others.
This is just one more piece of legislation California is working on to infringe on the Second Amendment rights of those who live there. Portantino is known for this — he’s the guy who made the whole 21-years-old-to-buy-guns thing happen, too — and he’ll keep at it his entire political career.
Other fun features of his bill include restricting situations in which a long gun can be loaned to a minor for a hunt — even more than that’s already restricted — and increasing fees charged for ammunition and parts sales.
Way to go, California.