SACRAMENTO (May 3, 2017) - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a special press event to be held this morning to highlight his first 100 days in office.
While the newly appointed California Attorney General has been successful in issuing press releases at a blistering pace, missing from among his list accomplishments will be the much anticipated regulations relating to the various gun control measures passed by the California Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown in July of 2016.
Also left undone has been the regulations relating to Proposition 63, the anti-gun proposition passed by the voters in November of 2016. Under his direction, the California Department of Justice (CA-DOJ) has yet to let gun owners know how to comply with the dizzying array of new and confusing firearms laws.
“California DOJ has known for almost a year that these regulations were needed to help gun owners know what steps they need to take to comply with the law”, stated Craig DeLuz, spokesman for the Firearms Policy Coalition. “Now here we are almost a year later. Laws are starting to take effect, and all the Attorney General seems to be doing is issuing press releases.”
In fact, during the 68 working days of the Becerra administration CADOJ has issued an impressive 60 press releases. And while they have covered a myriad of topics, none of them have addressed the department’s failure to issue the regulations needed for the state’s new large capacity magazine ban, the ammunition purchase/seller licensing and registry scheme or the “bullet button” ban and revised assault weapon registration requirements.
“Maybe he should put the folks in the press department in charge of issuing the regulations. They seem to be the only ones doing their job.” DeLuz jokingly suggested. “But seriously, if these laws are too complicated for DOJ to figure out how to enforce, how is the average gun owner supposed to know how to comply?”
Gun owners have until July 1, 2017 to comply with new magazine ban and until December 31, 2017 to comply with new assault weapons ban and registry. And as of today, they have been provided no direction on how to do either.
Noting that almost half of the press releases issued have addressed the actions of President Donald Trump, who also recently marked his first 100 days, DeLuz said, “The Attorney General of California may consider spending more time doing his job rather than worrying about everyone else’s.”