“If at first you don’t succeed, try again,” seems to be the motto the California Department of Justice is going for. With their latest stunt, a different saying comes to our minds:
“Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
Last week, DOJ filed a third “set” of assault weapons regulations with the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL), but they’re essentially the same regulations with a different implementation date.
We really can’t fault them for trying, though. They’re so used to being able to successfully evade the spotlight and bypass legal procedures and are having to adjust to a new reality - a reality in which every move is scrutinized and they are held accountable.
Through our Regulatory Watch program and its grassroots tools, thousands of FPC members and Second Amendment supporters sent letters opposing DOJ’s attempt to use a secret regulatory approval process and forced DOJ to withdraw their first set of regulations.
And then the Office of Administrative Law DENIED the next set.
It’s concerning that the attorneys at DOJ seem incapable of coming up with different proposed regulations in response to objections by California’s gun owners. The only other explanation for them filing the same awful proposals over and over again is that they’ve been given marching orders and are just waiting for gun owners to blink.
They’re not even attempting to address concerns brought up in hundreds of letters - they just dusted off the prior attempts and changed the date.
It’s frustrating to watch DOJ’s endless attempts at destroying our rights, but we will continue our vigilance and keep gun-owning Californians informed through our Regulatory Watch program.