What if Lawmakers Could Be Financially Responsible?

By Larry Keane

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Left coast lawmakers want to pass a law allowing the state’s attorney general, city or county attorneys, or anyone regardless of whether they suffered harm, to sue the maker or seller of a firearm that was illegally used to inflict harm. IMG iStock-94458239

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- California politicians are abusing their legislative authority to draft political reprisal bills. Left coast lawmakers want to pass a law allowing the state’s attorney general, city or county attorneys, or anyone regardless of whether they suffered harm, to sue the maker or seller of a firearm that was illegally used to inflict harm.

It’s a bill that California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom called for and one that Democratic state Sen. Robert Hertzberg was glad to deliver with SB 1327. It specifically targets precursor parts used to build personally-made firearms – or so-called “ghost guns” – and Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) along with .50-caliber rifles, both of which are already banned in California.

Gov. Newsom admitted this legislation was a form of political reprisal. Worse yet, this bill attempts to open the floodgates against the firearm industry simply because he despises the industry that provides the means for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

The frustrating part is that Gov. Newsom and his gun control allies in California’s legislature are openly mocking their own voters. They’re using the authority granted to them by voters to abuse the legislative process to score cheap political points with their special-interest gun control donors. They know they can get away with it too. Elected officials operate under qualified immunity that protects them from civil lawsuits.

So when President Joe Biden bellows from The White House Rose Garden about wanting to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which bars these frivolous lawsuits against firearm businesses for the criminal actions of non-associated third parties, he purposefully misleads the American public. Politicians can’t be sued for the harmful laws they write. But what if they could be sued?

Crime Victims

What if crime victims could sue Gov. Newsom, or even President Biden, for failing to enforce the laws that protect communities?

The question is relevant, especially in California. District Attorney George Gascón has drawn the ire of law enforcement and citizens alike for his soft-on-crime approach to even violent criminal offenders. Convicted gang member Luis Angel Hernandez bragged he was going to have Gascón’s name tattooed to his face for his lenient sentencing policies, after he was charged with shooting and killing a delivery driver in a 2018 armed robbery. Gascón is facing a recall from voters with 300,000 of the required 567,000 signatures with more than two months left before the deadline. A full 98 percent of Los Angeles prosecutors support this recall, according to the Los Angeles Association of Deputy District Attorneys (LAADDA).

The worst outcome for Gascón is he’s out of a job. But what if victims of crimes could sue Gascón for the damages they suffered because of his inactions?

Firearm Industry

What if business owners or corporations could sue lawmakers for intentionally maligning, harming or enacting laws that do irreparable damage to their ability to conduct business? What if those businesses, like the firearm industry, were Constitutionally-protected and politicians like Gov. Newsom intentionally ignored that to drive those companies out of business?

Gun makers and retailers would have a case against California for the state’s Unsafe Handgun Roster that sets in motion a slow-rolling handgun ban. The law was first enacted in 2001 and required handguns be certified for three specific safety requirements. In 2013, that requirement was updated to include all semiautomatic handguns to have microstamping technology built into any firearm brought to market. That’s winnowed down the number of handguns available for Californians from 967 models when the law was implemented by then-Attorney General Kamala Harris to less than 250 when same models with different paint schemes are taken into account.

Since microstamping is technologically unfeasible, this is a law specifically enacted to deprive firearm businesses their ability to sell a lawfully-made and Constitutionally-protected product. A similar argument could be made for California’s ban on traditional hunting ammunition.

State lawmakers are enacting these laws as a means of reprisal against the firearm industry. They know the requirements for microstamping are unachievable and the ban on hunting ammunition throughout the state is devoid of justifying scientific data. It’s a way of making it increasingly difficult to serve California customers.

Gun Owners

What about gun owners left defenseless against criminal home invaders because of intentionally-discriminatory laws depriving them of their right to keep and bear arms? California lawmakers banned adults under the age of 21 from purchasing any firearm, without meeting strict exceptions. That enacts an age-based gun ban for adults over 18 who are fully-vested in their civil rights – except for their right to lawfully purchase a firearm.

Fredrick Wesley was recently arrested in Stockton, Calif., for a home invasion in which left one adult dead and another wounded. Inside the home were three children, ages 10, 12 and 9, as well as an 18-year-old. California law bars that 18-year-old from purchasing a firearm to protect himself and his family. California lawmakers won’t have to answer to that 18-year-old for denying him the ability to protect his family. They also won’t have to pay for damages inflicted on this family since they are protected by qualified immunity. The same qualified immunity these liberal politicians want to strip away from police officers.

California’s lawmakers aren’t held accountable for wielding their legislative and executive authority, no matter how harmful it is to their own citizens. If they could be dragged into court and made to answer for their specious laws, they might not be so quick to weaponize their authority against the firearm industry and Californians.


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john

There is a chain of events that has happened since the corona virus was unleashed on the world which has changed the balance of power. Fiscal responsibility went out the front door due to the pandemic. In America it was a licence to fleece the taxpayer. The government put a little of your own taxpayer dollars back in the pockets of every America. The lazy took full advantage while the balance of power changed in washington our country has now been cast into a downward spiral with a one party government in place that never seems to lose a election.… Read more »

gregs

government agents must be held accountable, and in the end they will be. we as voters can hold them accountable at the ballot box, they need to be held accountable in the judicial system by getting rid of qualified immunity and eventually they will be held accountable when they die, for God will judge them. it sucks that we may have to wait until then but… Romans 12:19, although i sometimes do ask to be a instrument of His vengeance.

Oldman

I agree with everything you said, except: “We can hold them accountable at the ballot box.” Our current administration was put into office by a corrupt voting system put there by the the likes of Soros, Gates and the Progressives. In my mind, the only way to stop this insanity is to quit paying income tax. There would be no way to have a tyrannical government because they don’t have any money. Of course you will need at least 50% of current taxpayers to accomplish this.

swmft

the are printing paper now making the paper you have worth less so they are taxing without saying they are doing it , gold silver and barter only way around what they have done

john

They will change that market gold & Silver to suit their needs. Your are correct they are bankrupting our country.

Mankind is the only species that relies on money or trade for food or to gain power. In the animal kingdom only the strongest get the lion’s share

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Oldman

I agree….but if we have a taxpayer revolt we would light the fire that IS the only other way around what they are currently doing.
And that, my friend, would keep us away from the New World Banking system which is growing by leaps and bounds every day.

Ansel Hazen

 although i sometimes do ask to be a instrument of His vengeance.”

Then lets all pray for permission to be given swiftly.

Boz

LOL!!!! Financially responsible……LOL!

DIYinSTL

Could a law that persecutes a single industry be considered a bill of attainder which is specifically prohibited in CA’s constitution, Article 1, Section 9?

Montana454Casull

Politicians need to reap the same fate they dealt to Remington . Strip them of all thier financial gain for thier bad laws and failure to uphold thier oath to the constitution. It’s time to hold the clowns accountable for the circus act in DC .

swmft

or ship them to Shanghai, sure they would not be welded in containment container too long

john

When will those living in California understand that voting for a liberal socialist politician like Newsom will continue to destroy their freedoms. When you have a governor that make laws that protect only his party’s political interest you are on the way to having elected a dictator. Harris is the perfect definition of a liberal politician. She slept her way through the ranks in California then was chosen for her race to be Bidens running mate. This after the worst performance in a presidential debate showing that she is unqualified to hold any political office. Democrats will use any means… Read more »

swmft

they stopped educating people there in the 70s and started indoctrinating them, do what you are told like good little imps

Arny

Get ready auto, alcohol, weed, etc manufacturers. This holds you accountable also. Stanley & Eastwing hammers your time is coming also. lol

musicman44mag

This article would be a dream come true but we all know it will never happen. We know it will never happen because it would start with president Joe kamalatoe obiden not protecting the people of the USA and letting the criminal element in, providing transportation to ferry them around to RED states while giving them support to stay illegally in this country.

If holding politicians accountable and suing them over their actions were to ever happen, we should start with the current liar and thief in the white house.

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