California Gun Laws Target Honest Gun Owners

By Rob Morse

Democartes Own Assault Weapons Ban
Socialist legislators ruled that all modern semi-automatic rifles would be classified as “assault weapons” in California. “Assault weapon”, in this case, is a political term
Slow Facts
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Louisiana- (  California politicians are busy playing politics with people’s lives again.

As usual, particularly in California, their new proposed laws are sure to be a political success, but a horrible failure for the ordinary citizen.  These Socialist Politicians failed in their attempt to outlaw guns directly.  Today they are regulating firearms out of existence in California.

Socialist legislators ruled that all modern semi-automatic rifles would be classified as “assault weapons” in California.  “Assault weapon”, in this case, is a political term.  It covers rifles that fire a single shot with each pull of the trigger, a design that dates back 130 years.  Relabeling these ordinary firearms as “assault weapons” means politicians can make those guns illegal for civilians to own.  The Socialist politician will say that “assault weapons” are only meant to kill people “extra dead.”  Of course, the politicians are protected by public employees who carry assault weapons.  We are never told why state employees need to kill civilians “extra dead.”

The cops “patrol rifle” becomes an “assault weapon” if the policeman has it in his closet at home to protect his family.  Renaming a common object for political ends is doublethink worthy of George Orwell.

The fact that criminals seldom use semi-automatic rifles in their everyday crime doesn’t register with California Socialist politicians.  The goal of this legislation is to disarm the ordinary citizen and get a good press release.  The bill will likely succeed.  The goal is not public safety.

Remember that criminals don’t obey the law.  That means the only people controlled by the next steaming pile of California legislation are honest citizens.  California Socialists want to eliminate gun ownership.  That isn’t easy to do.  Firearms are extremely simple devices, simpler than most model aircraft or boats.  You can even buy firearms as a kit where you complete and assemble them yourself.  That shocked the delicate sensitivities of California’s elected Socialists.  They demanded that all the materials that could be converted into a gun had to be registered as a firearm.  You can find a Youtube videos of a guy fashioning functional firearms from plumbing supplies or from a shovel.

This legislation passed out of committee.  Congratulations!  You’re now the proud owner of an unregistered water pipe and an assault spade.

Prohibition fails, particularly in California.  The only purpose of the legislation is to snare honest firearms owners.  These laws won’t even slow down the criminals.

You see, criminals don’t go to gun shops or gun shows.  Criminals don’t buy their guns online.  The thugs buy their guns from their friends down the street.  That means criminals don’t apply for a Department of Justice background check like honest gun owners.  The criminals don’t have to wait for the California mandated 10-day waiting period to buy a legal gun.  Another law won’t change that because criminals break the law.  We already have 23 thousand firearms regulations that control honest gun owners.  The only thing that will change criminal behavior is applying the gun laws we already have.  California doesn’t do that.  California releases its criminals from prison early, and often fails to incarcerate repeat felons.

So why do Socialist politicians want to pass these ineffective gun laws?  Governing is hard, but passing new do-nothing legislation is easy.. particularly in an election year.  This legislation makes a great press release.  That is all it has to do.

California Socialists also want to stop you from getting more than one long-gun in 30 days if you’re an honest gun buyer.  That bill won’t stop the criminals or the terrorists, but it sure makes a great headline for the clueless mainstream media.

It won’t stop the criminals for a minute.  You see the border with Mexico is wide open.  Criminals move drugs, illegal immigrants, and child sex slaves across the border and into California’s sanctuary cities every day.  Moving guns across the border is trivial for them.  Illegal guns are cheaper than legal ones.  Think about that.

The only purpose of the legislation is to snare honest firearms owners.  These laws won’t even slow down the criminals.
The only purpose of the legislation is to snare honest firearms owners. These laws won’t even slow down the criminals.

A California bill demands that stores have a video record of every bullet sold, or the owner is driven out of business.  A state that can’t find millions of illegal immigrants is going to know where every single bullet is located.

Sure it is.

No, these new laws are designed to ensnare honest firearms owners and the gun industry.  The legislation is useful as an election campaign slogan.  It guarantees campaign contributions from anti-gun groups.

Did I mention that there is a proposal to make it illegal to transport your legally owned guns into California from out of state?  That is another law that hampers honest gun owners, but won’t bother the criminals one bit.

All this might change if California gun owners would vote.  Illegal aliens vote in California,  but gun owners can’t be bothered.


Rob Morse: Rob writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. He is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

  • 50 thoughts on “California Gun Laws Target Honest Gun Owners

    1. After living in California for 50 years i couldn’t handle the politics and i left for the great gun friendly state of Arizona. Bought 3 AR’s with 30 round mags and I shoot at least once a week now.
      I love this Great State of Arizona.

      1. Lucky! I want to retire in Arizona near the Ben Avery shooting facility. Unfortunately, my wife is not to keen on the desert.

    2. Los Angeles Bans HighCap Mags – 60 Days & NOT 1 Turned In – FU LA
      Posted on November 23, 2015 by Ammoland
      By John Farnam

      Expect more of the same based on what has already happened elsewhere around the country. People refuse to comply and police and sheriffs refuse to enforce. Yahoo or Google “Gun owners refuse to comply”, “police refuse to enforce” and especially “sheriffs refuse to enforce”. Connecticut, New York and the above are just 3 examples where they passed unconstitutional gun laws and nobody bothered to comply or enforce. The silence from the national media was deafening. You have to search out and read up on it for yourself to see that the emperor has no clothes.

      Law Enforcement is not going to go full retard on the entire population in direct conflict with the U.S. Constitution. Don’t bother me with the relatively few knuckleheads (who get all the attention) that would LOVE to go to war against everybody that so much as looks at them funny, I am talking law enforcement as a whole, from state on down to local. Their jobs – and lives – would become impossible and they know it. In the end, law enforcement as a whole is going to have to tell the politicians to go out and confiscate all of the people’s weapons themselves if they want them so badly. They simply do not have the manpower nor do they have the prison capacity to deal with the hundreds of thousands of otherwise law abiding people who would be wrongfully labeled as criminals by this wildly unconstitutional law. This is not a theoretical exercise, it is simply projection based on current and past events.

      In New York an organization successfully sued through the Freedom of Information Act and found that less than 5% of gun owners in that state, some one million affected by their so called “Safe Act” actually complied. In Connecticut it is estimated 85% – 95% refused to comply, and in both states many police and especially sheriffs simply refused to enforce.

      Refuse to comply with unconstitutional law.

      Seventy-Two Killed Resisting Gun Confiscation In Boston

    3. Sounds like California people need to stand up and be counted by voting out the idiots and voting in others who will work for them and the constitution. But then again you reap what you sow, if these are the people you vote in then these are the laws you want in your state.

    4. No they will not. By even thinking of having our current Atty General run as a governor and people vote for
      her. This state is going into the toilet. If I can get out of here, I am gone.

    5. The United States is bankrupt that’s why Obummer keeps upping the national dept. More programs more free stuff to win elections the faster we Learn the Chinese Language or Russian.

    6. I haven’t read all the comments so forgive me if its already been said.
      All hard working people with a brain please leave California now so the non working people will have to go to work and maybe CA will figure it out !!!!!!

    7. I live in California and the politics of this State are in need of fixing. For sure.

      But, don’t think that if you live in a different State that California’s problems are not your problems.

      A lot of good men, women, and children died to make and keep this Country.

      It’s our problem as Americans.

      And there is a saying which goes “As California goes, so goes the Country.

    8. Hey Rob, stop indicting all of us gun owners here in California. I grew up in Chicago. I know oppression. And I vote…and vote often. And I do it even though I am outnumbered, in my neighborhood and in my family.

    9. Rob Morse,
      Thanks for this article. It accurately reflects the stupidity of democrat politicians in my state.
      But, it could be better:
      Please include the names, numbers and links for the bills you have discussed. This is rarely done by reporters, and yet it is essential information. Your readers need to be able to easily find and read these bad bills. They also need to be able to write letters to their representatives. Having the bill number easily available makes those actions much easier to do and more likely to happen.

    10. I am a gun owner in kommifornia. I vote like every other gun owner I know. The problem is not with the majority of the state the problem is with Slam Francisco, Lost Angeles and Suckatamato. With the exception of these three areas most of the state is republican the problem is we don’t have the population of the big three to be able to vote the treasonous bastards out.
      He’s bleeding fucking heart liberals have given the right to vote to Cit these bleeding fucking heart liberals have given the right to vote to illegal immigrants and refugees to bolster their voting block. They give him housing they give them food they give them everything they could possibly need who do you think these fucking people are going to vote for. And don’t even get me started on the liberals who want to go off on their incestuous gay orgies.
      There are a lot of us on his good citizens and gunowners here in the states they can’t just give up and leave everything our families of built over generations.
      The only saving grace in this state are the gun owners organizations in the gun rights groups who are doing everything they possibly can for our cause.
      This is just the opening-round people if you keep voting the god damn Democrats in the office the rest of the country is going to fall just like California has.
      The worst Republican is still going to be better than the best Democrat.
      Elect Pillory Clinton to the lighthouse and our Constitution is done for. Thursday will be the second amendment then the rest of the more fall like dominoes Mark my words

      1. I grew up and lived in NOCAL from ’62 to the ’99. Sometime in the 90’s, CA had a ballot initiative to split the state in two. I voted for it and so did the majority of CA voters, but nothing ever happened. Then just recently (a couple of years ago), heard from a buddy of mine that still resides in CA. He made me aware of another plan being floated that would create the 51st state of Jefferson. To my understanding, Jefferson would consist of most of the state of CA excluding the SF Bay Area and everything east of I5 below Sacramento down to just north of Santa Barbara where the new border would then go directly east to the AZ or NV border. If this split of CA were to take place, that would solve your libtard voter problem for the most part unless you were still in CA! I don’t know if that plan is even being considered any longer.

    11. I arrived in CA Nov. 1959 at age 18. I considered myself to being Liberal. At that time you had to be 21 to vote. By the middle of 1960, I had seen how the then Governor, Pat Brown was enslaving Blacks & some whites as well. He did not want those people to get ahead in life. Well he succeeded! I now live in Pahrump, NV where it is not uncommon to see people in banks open carrying a side arm. I left CA many years ago for many reasons. Too many to list here!

    12. Yes I agree with everything the author says until he mentioned illegal aliens. I always say “I like my immigrants how I like my guns. Undocumented.” Fact is most illegal immigrants are actually pro gun. We should capitalize on that and get them to vote against gun regulations.

    13. what can you expect from a state swayed by people who don’t know an ass from an elbow. A state that makes it illegal to eat goose liver. a state where politicians don’t know the difference between a clip and a magazine. yet it’s ok for them to have heavily armed bodyguards . the gov is a pussy and won’t stand up to PC groups

    14. Born and raised CA. After 48 years we left for TN, that was about 8 years ago. I’ll give CA the same thing now I gave when we left. My middle finger.

    15. Actually, and the reason I fled CaliLand over 20 years ago, is they want you to be a victim. With high crime comes the need for large police forces, which means bigger budgets, which means more taxes that can be appropriated for pet projects. Crime and punishment is also a revolving door there, and the criminals know that they’ll be released early due to over-crowding, so they have no fear of getting caught. My best advice is to flee that state, for if you stay, you will be a victim at some point.

    16. I’m from California —Everything I’ve read here on this post is 100 percent Accurate –But, Its takes more than an Individual to vote to change law , It takes Everybody who cares about their rights to also vote -Its the American way–Until then, there will be no change–Why should one have to leave their State of residence , when the whole Country belongs to all Americans —–We elect these people under good faith to represent us & they undermine us & the rule of law for their own personal gain—Who can we turn to legally, when the law, breaks the law ? I’m not trying to peddle anything here , but, anyone interested in Frontsight Firearm Training , Diamond Lifetime Memberships w/ 20 Ammo & Firearms at cost for life , can Email me for info—-Mike [email protected]

    17. I continue to see an automatic weapon defined as one shot fired for one trigger pull which is also true of a revolver. The action of ejecting a spent cartridge case upon detonation prior to making another round in the load path available seems to be dropped from the verbiage in favor of an implied understanding. We would all like to think we’re all adults, right? At what point will California realize that by conveniently dropping a few key words, a revolver magically becomes an evil automatic and upon subtraction of just a few more IQ points, the dreaded assault weapon in need of exorcism?

    18. Kalifornia is one of only five states that don’t have a State Constitution that protects their 2A freedoms and rights. That’s why the gungrabbing liberals are running rough shod over the people who want to remain there.

      1. Actually, Art I, Sec 1 of the California Constitution reads, “All people are by nature free and independent and have
        inalienable rights. Among these are enjoying and defending life and
        liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing
        and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.” This language, if applied as intended, clearly implies the right to use whatever weapons would be most effective in “defending life” and “protecting property”. All the people of California need do, is enforce their own Constitution on their arrogantly uninformed politicians and bureaucrats.

    19. I escaped from that loony-bin in ‘99 after seeing the writing on the wall. Since then, I’ve studied up on the law because someone once said that: ‘If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any.’ Truer words were never spoken and the government will railroad you if you don’t know and exercise your rights. The Second Amendment (2A) is short and simple to understand. It guarantees “the people” the personal and fundamental right (Heller v. D.C.) to “keep” (own) and “bear” (carry) “arms”. Nowhere in it does it differentiate the types of “arms” or any that are prohibited. Therefore, ALL “arms” are protected under 2A, no ifs, ands, or buts! This means that we have the constitutionally “secured” right to own and carry any “arms” in existence and the government and their agents (law enforcement) are powerless to stop us from doing so.

      With further study, I have also learned that there are two federal “codes” in the books that make each and every politician, judge or LEO that tries to or succeeds in depriving any U.S. citizen of any rights, privileges, or immunities that are secured by the U.S. Constitution. Whoever does so is guilty of a felony punishable by ten years to life in prison, or the death penalty if anyone is injured due to their actions. The first is: Title 18, USC, Sec. 241, which protects ’The People” from politicians that “conspire” to deprive them of their constitutional liberties. Wouldn’t writing, co-sponsoring, voting for and enacting a statute that strips us or a constitutional right be a “conspiracy” to deprive us of a “secured liberty”? And wouldn’t that be a felony according to Title 18? Then there’s Title 18, USC, Sec. 242. This “code” states that: ‘Whoever, under the color of law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, etc., to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, … is guilty of a felony.’

      People, study your Constitution, SCOTUS case law and the USC (United States Code) or (permanent law) to know your rights and don’t let your government “railroad” you with their fictitious statutes and unconstitutional system. California citizens, you in particular should call your “representatives” out, have the U.S. Marshals arrest them under violations of Title 18 for their heinous and unconstitutional actions. We elect them to offices of power, trust, duty and responsibility and when their actions exceed their power and the trust we have afforded them, they should be tried, convicted, imprisoned and/or executed (when someone is grievously damaged due to their direct actions) whenever they propose or enact unconstitutional statutes that infringe on our constitutionally secured liberties.

      1. All California office holders take an oath to uphold the state and US Constitution. Unfortunately, I read there’s a case law that exempts then from being sued and liable from passing unconstitutional laws.

        1. Eric_CA, I cited Title 18 sections 241 & 242 of federal law that trumps any state statutes that they enact that violate OUR constitutional guarantees and criminally hold any judges or legislators responsible for their usurpations of OUR constitutional guarantees. They were placed in the USC for that exact reason. Google and read them. If you can prove that you have a right and that the state is infringing on it, it’s some of what you need to defend yourself against such governmental tyranny. These sections are however how we deal with them criminally, not civilly. For that we use: Title 42, USC, Secs. 1983, 1985 and 1986. Judges are sworn to uphold the Constitution (the supreme law). It’d be kinda stupid of them not understand that law when we’re expected to know it because we can’t plead ignorance. Title 42 deals with that. It clearly states that judges have no judicial immunity from being sued if they violate our rights.

          The trouble is that the majority of “The People” have so dumbed-down by their inadequate government-run educational system, their libtard professors/teachers and the “psycho-phants” in the news media. Anymore, because of all of the psycho-babble we’re brought up with and exposed to daily, the majority of us don’t know our rights and are unprepared or are unwilling to defend ourselves against the myriad of governmental usurpations of their limited powers. 90% of the laws on the books are unconstitutional and were simply enacted to show us that they’re our masters and to steal our money from us. In the common law, the law that this republic was founded upon, for there to be a criminal infraction, someone has to be damaged by the actions of another with criminal intent. If no one is damaged by another’s premeditated actions, no crime has been committed. Government has elevated itself to a position that attempts to protect everyone by controlling everyone’s behavior. That is NOT freedom, it’s tyranny. If you’d like to get a better handle on this, check out the YouTube 3 part video series: Know Your Constitution, by Carl Miller. It explains this and a lot more.

          1. B.Zerker, Thank you for taking the time to post a well thought our reply. I appreciate it and your citations. I will read up on them and take a look at the YouTube videos you cited.

            I understand your position in regards to accountability. However, who or how can these statues be enforced? For example, when the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals issued rulings that clearly contradict or non conform to the US Supreme Court legal precedence, how does one pursue accountability? How does one rectify these injustices?

            In closing, I’m sure once I read up on the your citations, I’ll have a better understanding, but if you could shed some light on this it would be helpful.

            Thanks again.

            1. You’re very welcome Eric.
              Mr. Miller’s videos touch on what you asked. (Be ready, because they’re almost 6 hrs. long in total.) Me personally, if I was ever dragged into court for an “arms” violation, something that a state or the fed govts. had unconstitutionally made illegal. First, I would request the presence of a U.S. Marshal during my arraignment and as soon as the prosecutor read the charge, I’d object, charge him/her with a violation of Title 18, Sec. 242 and have him/her arrested. Then I’d put the court on notice that if it proceeded with it’s action against me, that I’d sue the state, the AG, the county DA’s office, every legislator that voted to enact the unconstitutional law that I was charged with, the Governor for signing and enforcing it, and the judge personally. ALL of them for mega-bucks under the provisions of Title 42. I figure we’ve gotta start playing “hard-ball” with these usurpers and slapping them down hard if we want them to respect our rights. They better hope they never arrest my ass for something it’s my right to do or own!

    20. “All this might change if California gun owners would vote. Illegal aliens vote in California, but gun owners can’t be bothered.”
      Wait… what?

      Are you saying that gun owners can vote pro-gun in California? My God, why didn’t anyone think of this before? You’re a freaking genius! Praise the Lord, we’re saved!

      1. California, where I currently reside, is an interesting place. Illegals are gods, in human form. Yes, they do vote and they vote for the party that supports them; democrats.

        The people who own firearms do vote, your very obvious sarcasm notwithstanding. However, the legislature is stacked with democrats who are very willing to collect bribes for passing legislation, which is one reason why illegals in California receive more benefits than do American citizens from other states, even though citizens pay taxes that illegals are exempt from.

        Public employees work for 30 years and receive 90% of pay, which is “topped up” by in the final years, so they receive, in many cases, well over 100% of pay along with paid medical care. This will not change, while every person in the state is not a gov’t employee, most everyone is related to one. For example, Sheriff Moore, San Joaquin County, receives more than $400,000 a year…and he’s under investigation for, among many others, illegally transferring firearms, including illegal evidence firearms.

        So…yes, California us a craphole unless you are well connected, selling illegal guns or firearms, or are a state/federal employee…or you are an illegal. In these cases, life is a sweet deal for you.

    21. Maybe the rest of the country will get lucky and the hippy gov. Brown will build that wall around California like he threatened to do if Trump was elected. Let CA keep it’s commie politics in CA. Better yet, let’s hope the fault line finally lets go and the whole state falls into the sea.

    22. The whole issue has nothing to do with preventing criminals from getting firearms or preventing crime. There is a very simple reason politicians want a disarmed “law abiding” citizenry, and it was explained very directly long ago.
      “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subjected people to carry arms; history shows all conquerors who have allowed the subjected people to carry arms have prepared their own fall.” Adolf Hitler

    23. California’s polls are owned by the masses of people living in the big three, San Francisco, Sacramento, and lost angles. the rest of the state repeatedly votes pro-gun.
      Oregon and Washington states are the same, with portland and seattle as their centers for this egregious anti-freedom mentality.
      not enough legal gun owners live in the cities that shape the state’s legislature.

    24. It’s all about disarming the lawful society , then oppressing them into slavery , halfway there now look at your paycheck and then look at your bank account.

      1. As soon as Clinton is elected you can kiss your bank account your safety and your country good-by. Here is an idea, move the White House to Mexico, most of the country is there or going there, the president should feel at home among the U.S. Company’s. Put right in the middle of Nabisco and Ford.

          1. I’m hoping she coughs up a lung during one of her fits and never makes it. Once she stops being a contender maybe they will put her huge ass in prison.

    25. I didn’t leave California for Montana, after almost half my life in SoCal, because of the insane gun laws; the regular California insanity was reason enough. But, bit by bit, California politicians take away any reason to stay. Politicians take pride in the oddest things. Once my mother dies there won’t even be a reason to visit the state. I hope the Pols are as happy about that as I am.

      1. We are doing everything we can to get to Texas to be sure we live in an area where guns are protected. We moved to Pennsylvania from Wyoming for my health reasons (little oxygen up there) PA being my home state but things are heating up here like everyplace else and the taxes are going through the roof. For some reason if you’re running for government here, you’re success is saying you’ll raise taxes, IDIOTS. SO PA recently opened a new government office to try and keep people in the state…more tax money pissed away.

        They will never learn, when you abuse people enough, they leave your state.

    26. ….and they still keep electing this scum over and over and ov….Kali is so far gone only a revolution might save them poor pitiful bastards !

        1. The king of California is “WELFARE”. “Long live the King”.
          Minimum wage is so far below the average welfare amount, why would they work?
          More kids means more welfare money.
          If gun sales equated to votes there would be no gun laws.
          If four or five counties in California were suddenly out of the mix then the state would be more like New Mexico on the gun issues.
          If there were short term limits in place for the elected officials in California that would help stabilize the long term stupidity there.
          If you cannot afford to take care of your offspring, why should I be forced to support them.
          If you do not work, why should you be fed?
          The “Free Money” will end soon.

      1. Actually, California is gerrymandered to favor Democrats. It is next to impossible to even get a Republican candidate on the ballot. The voter registration cards that just came out won;t allow you to register as a Republican (doesn’t even exist as a check off on the “select your party” portion of the registration card…

      2. The reazon Californians vote for Democrats is Republicans fault. They dont care about this state. Just an example, during the present elections; when you hear Trump, Cruz, or Rubio campaigned here in Ca. Allways they worry about the rest of the tiny small states back east. Talking in front of small groups of people in those states. California is the number one state who support the federal goverment with over 38% of the TBI and when they took the time to campaign here? Rarely if that’s the case. They prefer traveling those rural countries convincing people to vote for them instead to try to convince Californians to get Republican nominations. Also the other unknown ussues is the the main parties (Democrats and Republicans) have the country split. Thats way Republicans dont win here in California ( so bad, though the state would be better) but people dont want to vote for a candidate who is know trough the TV only and never took the time to visit this state so dont expect collect votes for nothing. Yes totally truth, Democrats here buy people votes with welfare and food stamps. But remember, not only illegals live from the system, also do the employees who work and implant those programs and believe me they don’t make minimum wages they make big money for example the Anaheim School District representative makes about $ 140,000.00 plus a year and all the benefits included in her retired pension and believe me she is not Illegal or latino and this is only one single people living from this system. So you think she like the immigration be stopped? Of course not!! The more inmigrant studest the district have, the more help from the goverment came in and they can continue living that kind of expensive live obtaining those huge salaries. So, with that said stop cry and see what the real problem is and dont try to uncover it.With all the respect, I think most of us know what is the real problem but is easier pointing fingers in somebody else.

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