Civil rights group says gun-owners are being used as pawns in a turf war between Lt. Gov. Newsom, Sen. de León.
SACRAMENTO – Ten anti-gun rights bills were fast-tracked through the California State Senate today on a party-line vote of Senate Democrats led by Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León.
The slate of proposals attacking California gun owners included four Assembly bills that were “gutted and amended” in the Senate just two weeks earlier in an effort by Democrats to avoid a full legislative vetting process and public scrutiny.
On the floor, debate about the need for the bills centered on a political turf war between Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, sponsor of a gun control ballot initiative opposed by many California legislators, and de León, who, ironically, views the ballot initiative process as a “last resort” rather than a way to short-cut the legislative cycle.
“It is nothing short of unconscionable that millions of law-abiding Californians are being used as chess pieces in a twisted political game to see who can race to the bottom first,” said Craig DeLuz, legislative advocate for the gun rights group Firearms Policy Coalition.
Senator de Leon hopes that by fast-tracking gun control through the legislature, he can take the wind out Newsom’s “Safety for All” initiative’s sails—and his 2018 campaign to be the Golden State’s next governor.
“The political class needs to know that law-abiding gun owners are not second-class citizens and the Second Amendment does not protect a second-class right,” noted DeLuz. “Even the liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals acknowledges that.”
The ten gun control bills that were passed out of the Senate today are:
- SB 880 (Hall): Bans common and constitutionally protected firearms that have magazine locking devices.
- SB 894 (Jackson): Victimizes victims by criminalizing the failure to report lost and stolen firearms.
- SB 1006 (Wolk): University of California taxpayer funding for gun control research.
- SB 1235 (Deleon): Restrictions on ammunition purchases, creates a DOJ database of ammunition owners.
- SB 1407 (Deleon): Retroactively requires serial numbers be placed on firearms dating back over 50 years.
- SB 1446: Confiscation of lawfully acquired, standard capacity magazines that can hold over 10 rounds.
- AB 156 (McCarty): Formerly dealt with global warming, but is now the same as SB 1235.
- AB 857 (Cooper): Formerly addressed greenhouse gasses, but is now the same as SB 1407.
- AB 1135 (Levine): Formerly centered around groundwater but is now the same as SB 880.
- AB 1511 (Santiago): Formerly dealt with energy conservation, but now criminalizes loaning of firearms between personally known, law-abiding adults, including sportsmen, family member and competitors.
Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) is a grassroots 501(c)4 nonprofit public benefit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
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