Chris Eger for Guns.com reports:
An expansive proposal termed dangerous by gun rights advocates to both First and Second Amendment rights is up for an important vote in the California Assembly.
The bill, which could allow many expressions that include the use of a gun to be considered as a threat, was introduced in the state Senate in February with the support of a prominent prosecutor and passed that body in an easy 36-0 vote in May. Now, it’s in the hands of the Assembly Public Safety Committee, where pro-gun advocates hope to halt its progress.
….Block’s proposal, SB 456, allows that any person who threatens to use a firearm on school grounds or in a statement made via phone, computer or other device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out. The bar of determining whether the threat was real or not will depend on if a school or law enforcement agency makes preparations based on the threat. This could lead to something as innocent as a pop-tart gun, if taken seriously, to be adjudicated as a violation of the law….
Those found guilty of this new crime would be liable for a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine or a year in county jail, or both, as well as be held liable for reimbursement of any costs associated with countering the perceived threat….
“We certainly don’t oppose the criminal prosecution of people who make true threats against innocent students, teachers, and school staff,” Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition, told Guns.com. “Our concern is that the measure, as it stands, is overly-broad and could chill or criminalize First Amendment protected speech.”
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