FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. President-elect Joe Biden has picked Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable Care Act in a leading role to oversee his administration’s coronavirus response. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
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Xavier Becerra, then-California’s Attorney General but now (as of yesterday) the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, admitted that CA’s gun registration website was so poorly designed that it was widely nonfunctional. From today’s Sacramento Bee:

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office quietly signed a settlement agreement in federal court admitting his agency’s gun-registration website was so poorly designed that potentially thousands of Californians were unable to register their assault weapons and comply with state law.

Under the terms of the settlement filed Wednesday in U.S. Eastern District Court in Sacramento, the state Department of Justice is required to notify each district attorney and law enforcement agency to put on hold “all pending investigations and prosecutions” for those suspected of failing to register their assault weapons.

The settlement agreement is a major setback for one of California’s signature pieces of gun control legislation. It comes 11 months after a federal judge said the state’s newly implemented online ammunition background-check program was so glitchy that tens of thousands of otherwise legal firearms owners were barred from buying ammunition — in violation of their 2nd Amendment rights.

I’d recommend reading the entire article to learn more about this sort of failure-by-design and the lawsuit filed by California Gun Rights Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, and Second Amendment Foundation that led to this settlement and public admission.

When one of the most anti-gun people in one of the most anti-gun states implements a system that, for instance, rejects about 18 percent of valid ammunition purchase background checks it’s a blatant violation of Californians’ Second Amendment rights. But we know that for Becerra that’s a feature, not a bug.


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  1. It isn’t unexpected at all.
    We knew this going in, and for the few that tried to register, many many more simple said come and take them from my cold dead hands.
    Even their own back ground check system has a ten day wait because they can’t process them faster. It is like the DMV. Slow and broken.

  2. Now that he is the HHS Secretary he can simply waive his wand and make guns a health crisis so they can be confiscated by edict (Biden will second the motion).

    • I would not put it past him to declare a “national emergency” of an alleged “gun violence epidemic” that requires suspending the Second Amendment and seizing guns left right and sideways.

      • “that requires suspending the Second Amendment and seizing guns left right and sideways.”

        The sheriffs in rural America will tell him to get stuffed.

        And Mark, isn’t asking a federal judge to issue a stay a possibility?

        • Never say never. Let’s say instead that they’re unlikely to do it as brazenly as Mark suggests…but you’d best believe that if they see a window for a plausible “health crisis” that helps this illicit administration to erode the Second Amendment, they will use it.

  3. The problem is that the feds have some software engineers, who know how to develop a database. Once upon a time I was on an international committee to develop a much different, very specialized, database and met some in the process. The good thing is the likelihood of finding one of these in the right position is slim.

    • They could have beckoned just down the road to Silicon Valley, where there are lots of people who make a living running Internet properties at unimaginable scale, many of whom would probably have volunteered for the honor of working on this one. When the registration website got “overloaded” the only possible explanation is that the failure was purposeful.

      • Then Sacramento would have to pay the exorbitant prices that these SV engineers would require. This means a smaller cut for them (until they institute more taxes and fees) and this will not do.


  5. As if they really need your compliance at this point. Just check the sources on this, from Huffpo to Pew Research to WaPo. They’re not exactly secretive about what they’re doing. They pretty open about it, and damned successful.

    Like the WaPo article that starts with“FRESNO, Calif. — While officers raced to a recent 911 call about a man threatening his ex-girlfriend, a police operator in headquarters consulted software that scored the suspect’s potential for violence the way a bank might run a credit report.

    The program scoured billions of data points, including arrest reports, property records, commercial databases, deep Web searches and the man’s social- media postings. It calculated his threat level…”

    What’s your color coded “threat score”?

    LOL and there are people who think that the “pay cash and STFU” option is workable.

    • I’ve never bought nothing online, have never used a credit card,never used facebook, never download apps, this phone is not mine.
      But I still feel “they” no every move I make.

  6. While that “pending prosecution” is “on hold”, how do you answer question #21b on Form 4473? That’s the one that asks

    “Are you under indictment or information in any court for a felony, or any other crime for which the judge could imprison you for more than one year…”

  7. I’ll say NEVER! We’ve had some very high profile mass shooting and for the most part little has come of it.
    With that said, that CA. dick-weed can try whatever he wants which may be some little anti-gun stunt with the brown-nose mainstream media glorifying it like it was an alien first contact, but in the end, it’s just dog and pony, smoke and mirrors malarkey.

    Currently there is no appetite for anti-gun legislation and doing so is toxic. The democrats are well aware of this and don’t want to get punted in the face during the mid-term elections. While we always have to scratch and fight and be vigilant, I’m not building a panic room any time soon.

  8. California Gun Rights Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, and Second Amendment Foundation. So what was the NRA doing while all of this was going on? Buying Wayne a couple of new suits?

  9. I do believe that we’ve gotten to the point where it doesn’t matter much to us what laws the corruptocrats pass. We won’t comply. And when they crack down, perhaps people will side-step resisting against the police and begin dealing with the legislators, judges and the media. Naturally, I have no idea what that would entail, but if we’re going to be arrested\persecuted ANYWAY, we might as well have it be for something that actually goes to the core problem.
    Perhaps we can have them all… cancelled in some way. That’s the ways these kids are doing it these days, right? Let’s see, what would “cancelling” look like?

  10. California has a very big problem with cops selling “under the table” guns and carry permits. More than most other states.

    “SAN DIEGO – Former San Diego County Sheriff’s Captain Marco Garmo was sentenced to two years in prison today for years of unlawful firearms transactions and for an array of corrupt conduct relating to unlicensed marijuana dispensaries operating in his former jurisdiction”

  11. the danger with “progressives” such as Becerra is that they are perfectly OK with trampling on rights of the law abiding for the supposed purpose of restraining the law breaking, or in the case of COVID, “for their own good.”

    Progressives see the concept of “rights” as “the government has total authority and can grant you some ‘rights’ at our discretion.”

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