Reader Mark Norcross writes:
Something to keep an eye on – today the California senate proposals for new gun laws are to be voted on in the assembly appropriations committee, and the Assembly bills in the senate appropriations committee. As I understand it, this is the last day for matters to be voted out of committee or they are dead for the year. We are pretty sure that any bill that gets out of committee will be approved on the floor, but the committees, even with democrat majorities, are not a sure thing because of the costs associated with some of the proposals–basically they have to find money in the budget to pay for them or they die . . .
Now let’s add a couple of wild cards. As has been widely reported, California has a problem with prison overcrowding, and has been ordered by the 9th Circuit to release approximately 10,000 MORE prisoners by the end of THIS year (app. 25,000 generally nonviolent (read drug) offenders have been released so far). SCOTUS is disinclined to intervene on behalf of the state. And this relates how?
Brown yesterday proposed a $750 million two-year plan to send these 10,000, many violent, offenders to local county jails and in-state or out-of-state private prisons, a sum that would eat up most of the $1.1 billion surplus in the budget now. That would certainly put the brakes on new registration programs, like the proposed ammo purchase law and the reclassification of lawful firearms as “assault weapons” and requiring registration of same that still costs millions to implement.
On the other hand, Senate President Darryl Steinberg (who is responsible for the proposed law reclassifying and banning virtually all semiauto rifles as “assault weapons”) came out today and castigated Brown’s plan, calling it a nonstarter in the Senate. He has this crazy idea that the Ninth Circuit ought to allow the State three years to implement drug treatment plans in order to lower the rate of new prisoner admissions–something the Ninth has already explicitly rejected, but hey, this is politics (and maybe Steinberg has designs on the governor’s office). This political fight could upset the whole political apple cart, and increase the likelihood of a tit-for-tat veto of Steinberg’s pet gun bills.
SO KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED, SPORTSFANS! TODAY IS A BIG DAY FOR CALIFORNIA GUN OWNERS!