California’s Self-Reporting Gun Block Bill a Reflection of Wider Cultural Suicide

Bonta and friend. (Rob Bonta/Facebook)

USA – -( AB-1927, “Firearms: California Do Not Sell List,” introduced Jan. 24 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, purports “to allow a person who resides in California to voluntarily add his or her own name to the California Do Not Sell List,” prohibiting dealers from selling them a gun. Ostensibly offered as an answer to California suicides involving guns, the measure will, among other things, “make it a crime, punishable as a misdemeanor or a felony, to transfer a firearm to a person who is validly registered on California’s Do Not Sell List.”

“I don’t get it,” a puzzled comment poster to an SF Gate report on Bonta’s bill admitted, reflecting a sentiment shared by many. “If they wanted to exclude themselves from buying a gun, wouldn’t they just not buy a gun?”

That’s a fair question, not that Bonta’s bill has a chance of accomplishing stated goals. Of course, it does not, and it goes far beyond just affecting the person who self-reports.

It also makes a criminal of the transferor. The text of the bill does not warn that people “voluntarily” adding their names to the list will be, in effect, self-incriminating if they try to buy (or even touch) a gun afterward. Nor does it specify safeguards and penalties against identity theft and “false positives” that result in a wrong person being denied.

As for the bill “allow[ing] a person registered on the list to file a petition in Superior Court requesting to have his or her name removed from the registry,” that assumes they have the wherewithal to do that. With the bar for a removal order being “a hearing [that] establishes by a preponderance of the evidence that he or she is not at elevated risk of suicide,” it’s fair to ask if all Californians have the resources to persist through such a process, and if all hearings will present standardized and equal opportunities to prevail.

More likely, because “suicide rates in the U.S. are closely correlated to poverty rates,” minority groups in Bonta’s Oakland constituency trying to get their rights restored would be “disenfranchised” compared to well-heeled “liberals” across the bay in “white-privileged” Marin County.

There’s one other oversight, if it really is one, and that’s what to do about those who enforce California’s citizen disarmament laws.

“National law enforcement suicide rates run between 18 and 22 per 100,000; the general population’s rate is about 11 per 100,000,” the Los Angeles Daily News reported in 2007.

That, in turn, raises the possibility that a disproportionate number of people who shouldn’t have guns are being deployed.  It also means employment law legalities could be raised if an officer self-reports.

None of which matters to Assemblyman Bonta. After all, we’re talking about a guy who led the charge to keep and protect communists in state government, a move no doubt made more understandable by his own family ties with foreign enemies who “advocated the forceful overthrow of both the United States and Philippines governments.”

Giving apparatchiks like him the reins of political power is the surest way of committing cultural suicide, and California Democrats appear ready to lead the way.

About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Tommy Coe

I visited California on business for the first time in 1976. When I came back to NC, a lot of people asked how I liked California. I told them it was the land of ‘Fruits and Nuts’, and I wasn’t referring to the produce!


The stupid in that state is thick enough to spread like butter.

just jim

This is the problem with having career politicians. Writing legislation merely to try to justify their existence.


David’s words: Giving apparatchiks like him the reins of political power is the surest way of committing cultural suicide, and California Democrats appear ready to lead the way” California has a long and rock solid history of doing precisely this. Might I mention a few that come readily to mind, and before I do, let me assure yu I have not been diligent at keeping this list current” Kamala Harris and the Beast she hand-picked for her replacment. Nannie Pelosi, Babs Boxer, good ol DiFi, Guvner MoonBean His Self, Leland Yee, thepresent Lt. Governor, whose name thankfully escapes me just… Read more »


I DID leave the DPRK, and now WA is turning into the same kind of Communist s_hole.

Clark Kent

Washington state leans towards socialism but is nowhere near a Communist s*hithole. Visit North Korea to find a real Communist s*hithole. Grow up.


@fellowtraveler Clark Kent – wrong, wrong, wrong – Washington State with it’s socialist AG, socialist Seattle City Council, socialist state legislature is in fact a hot bed of a communist sh*thole by any measure.


Keep them in commifornia and don’t allow them to spread out through the country because they may be like a virus, aids or something, that more people could catch. Better yet, neuter them when they are born so as to stop this plague.

Jay S

Access to gun law writing fund is the only logical reason lawmakers are writing stupid laws…

John R Pyles 111

give the Americans who reside in that communist state a chance to leave, and then build a wall around the illegal and communists who stay. shoot all those who try to enter America lead poisoning.


I’m sure Leland Yee (Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate #19629-111) would whole-heartedly endorse this common sense gun legislation.


You are missing the point…it isn’t about “self-reporting”, it is about BEING reported.

Does anyone believe that the proposed system will not be online and/or run by bureaucratic automatons who process any and every “report” they receive?

Don’t like your gun-owning neighbor? “Self Report” Add them to the list!

Divorcing your gun-owning spouse? “Self Report” them to the list, then use it against them to prove how unstable they are.


It works well, ask ‘former’ gun-owners in the UK and Australia what they think of anonymously being reported, then being raided at 5.00 a.m. some morning.
Crimestoppers radio and TV spots include the call to report illegal gun-owners, well when the public, the sheeple, are conditioned to think of all guns as bad, they may even believe they’re ‘doing the right thing’s to report a co-worker or neighbor. After all, if he is doing nothing wrong, then surely the police can decide?
The concept of ‘dob-in a gun-owner’ could even rival ‘swatting’ as a vindictive tool in the future!

No Bull

Photo caption typo. Drop the “r”. Bonta and fiend.

Green Mtn. Boy

If any Commiefornians are stupid enough to fall for this violation of their rights they are equal to the Moron shaking the Hag’s hand in the photo.

Big Lou

Well put. I couldn’t have said it better.

Pistol Pete

Well Said ! This just shows how brain dead liberals are!!!


Well, they are both wearing the same shade of lipstick. Ironically, it is RED!