California's prison overcrowding problem is a thing of the past.
AB 109 forced thousands of dangerous criminals who were serving time in state prisons down to county jails, resulting in jail overcrowding at the county level and the early release of many small-time criminals.
Then Proposition 47, passed in 2014 by the voters, allowed certain felons imprisoned for theft, check forgery and drug possession to be released from incarceration.
But this year, California Governor Jerry Brown is going a step further.
He is throwing his weight behind Proposition 57, which would give even more “non-violent” criminals an early release date.
At the same time, however, jails could be filling right back up with otherwise law-abiding individuals.
Governor Brown recently signed seven anti-gun bills that could land YOU in jail WITHOUT an option for early release.
Take, for instance, the new laws that make any firearm with a “bullet button” or other magazine locking device an assault weapon, SB 880 and AB 1135.
The punishment under current laws for possession of an “assault rifle” with “evil features” ranges from a $500 fine and destruction of your weapons to THREE years in prison.
Rather conveniently, these new gun crimes won’t be on the list of offenses for which people can be released early.
So… you could be going to prison if you are caught with a rifle that has a detachable magazine (which now includes a bullet button), a pistol grip, or an adjustable stock, but someone who is a convicted felon can be released early.
Makes sense, right?
About Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC):
Firearms Policy Coalition is a grassroots 501(c)4 nonprofit public benefit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
More information about FPC can be found at www.firearmspolicy.org.