Gun registration had always seemed like the “line in the sand” — a proposal that would so offend the nation’s gun-rights advocates that they would bring out their full political muscle to stop it. Yet a California law mandating government record-keeping for all new long-gun purchases goes into effect on Jan. 1 and few people even seem to know about it.
This year, gun owners were relieved that Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the toughest gun-control measures that came to his desk, including one that would have banned sales of almost all semi-automatic rifles. But back in 2011, after much debate, the governor signed the registration law, AB 809, with a 2014 start date. It’s far broader than any of the bills the governor dealt with in the last session.
Supporters claim it’s not exactly registration, in that the law calls forthe state to retain background-check records of those who purchase guns and does not register specific guns to specific people. Opponents say that’s just semantics. The main element of registration is that the government can track legal gun owners. In this case the department will have a list of every owner and the specific guns each person buys. The state already tracks the purchases of handguns and “assault weapons.”
California should look at the experience of Canada with regard to registration. The Canadians figured out after many years that their registry did no good, but cost lots of money.ReplyDelete
Does Canada have a gun problem as big as America?Delete
We don't have a gun problem.Delete
33,000 gun shot deaths a year and you say we don't have a problem. Another example of what a lying criminal coward you are.Delete
Greg knows what's meant by "gun problem," but he pretends not to and falls back on one of his favorite tedious positions, taking something literally and acting like he doesn't understand what was communicated by it.Delete
If he had a decent argument, if he had right on his side, he wouldn't have to resort to such pain-in-the-ass trickery.
We do not have a gun problem. We have a problem with insufficient access to mental health services. We have a problem with violent criminals--though that's on the decline. We have a problem with a weak economy and a lack of opportunity for too many in this country. But we do not have a gun problem.Delete
This is the liar who claims to be logical?Delete
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
A weak economy is why children are being killed by negligent gun owners? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
We have a problem with violent criminals, yet crime is way down. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
Any other lies you want to produce as evidence?
"the state to retain background-check records of those who purchase guns and does not register specific guns to specific people.'ReplyDelete
Aren't background checks kept on file anyways?
It's all very confusing but CA is moving in the right direction.Delete