USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Welcome back to The Legal Brief, the show where we CRUSH the various legal myths and misinformation surrounding various areas of the gun world. I'm your host Adam Kraut and today we're talking about how California is back at it again with another round of gun control laws. Yeah, I know.
Recently, eight, that's right EIGHT, different bills were advanced by committees in California and after the recent tragedy in Florida, two of them are now on their way to the Governor for signature. Now, I know what you're thinking, “But Adam, doesn't California already have a billion different laws about guns already?” Yeah, California has a large number of laws on the books. But apparently, at least according to their politicians, not enough.
We're going to explain all 8 of these, one by one. Since they didn't all have names, we here at TGC put our heads together and created our own.
First up, AB 1968 the It's Ok to Be Crazy Once, Crazy Twice Lose Your Rights Act. This one would create a lifetime prohibition on anyone who has been taken into custody, assessed, and admitted to a designated facility because he or she is a danger to himself, herself, or others, as a result of a mental health disorder two or more times in any one year period. If this bill were to be signed into law and a person would find themselves back in a facility within a year of previously being there, bye bye firearms rights for life. Now there is a petition process to attempt to get your rights restored, however, if the petition is denied, you have to wait 5 years before you can try again. This bill is currently awaiting review by the Governor.
Assembly Bill 2103, otherwise known as The Minimum Amount of Flair Required Act, would require a minimum of 8 hours of training to receive a concealed carry license in California. And yes, it IS possible to get a concealed carry license in California. Currently, the way the law is written and best I could tell from several sources, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Concealed Weapon Licensing Policy, the only requirement with regard to length is that it not exceed 16 hours. So Californians would need to undergo a mandatory number of hours of training in order to obtain a concealed carry license. This bill is also awaiting review by the Governor.
Next up, AB 1927, the Here You Have My Freedom Act, would require the DOJ to study the concept of a “voluntary prohibition list”. Yes, that's right, the California DOJ is going to investigate how you should be able to sign up to give your rights away. The bill requires a report to be submitted to the legislature no later than January 1, 2020. If someone doesn't want to own a gun, couldn't they just, I don't know, not buy one?
Keeping up with the Joneses, AB 2888, The LOL Due Process Act, would implement Gun Violence Restraining Orders. The bill would allow an employer, a coworker, or an employee of a secondary or post-secondary school that the person has attended in the last 6 months to file a petition for an ex parte, one-year, or renewed gun violence restraining order. As we've beaten to death on other episodes bills such as this one are riddled with due process issues, so we won't dive into the weeds on that one. Although, I have to say, I'm surprised California doesn't already have this on the books.
If you're one of the people that enjoys going to gun shows at the Cow Palace, SB 221 otherwise known as The Bulls*** Act, would put an end to that. That's right, the bill would outright prohibit gun shows to occur there. Apparently, that one particular venue contains too much freedom and they want to put a stop to it.
SB 1100, otherwise known as the You Must Be This Tall to Freedom Act, would prohibit the sale or transfer of a firearm by a licensee to anyone under 21 years of age, with a few exemptions. Those include a valid hunting license issued by the state, law enforcement and members of the military. Here we see yet again another state attempting to regulate WHEN a person may exercise their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
But wait, there's more…SB 1177, the Rationing of Firearms Act, would restrict ANY firearms purchase to one every thirty days, barring a few limited exemptions. Currently, the law restricts purchases of a handgun to one every thirty days. Surely there has to be some argument that this is violative of the Second Amendment, after all, the ability to acquire arms in order to exercise that right must come into play.
Last up is SB 1487, the Toto Act, actually called the Iconic African Species Protection Act. This one would essentially just fall short of making it illegal to hunt in Africa by prohibiting the possession of certain species of animals or their parts. The fine would range from $5,000 to $40,000 for a violation. Animals include the usual suspects, as well as zebras and hyenas. The bill even provides a reward for information which leads to a successful fine imposition.
As you can see California is continuing down the road of finding new ways to add more restrictions to firearms rights. Which begs the question, when is enough going to be enough?
I know we have a big audience in California, so please let me know what you guys think down in the comments.
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Links for this episode:
- AB 1968: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1968
- AB 1927: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1927
- AB 2103: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2103
- AB 2888: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2888
- SB 221: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB221
- SB 1100: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1100
- SB 1177: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1177
- SB 1487: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1487
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