For gun owners who have paid attention during the past decade(s), California Democrats are in open war against the Second Amendment. They couch the war in neutral terms and phrases like “gun safety” and “protecting California families”—lulling some innocent-minded people into dropping their guard—then swoop in with more gun laws that insidiously lead to more gun laws that inevitably invite more gun laws that certainly result in more gun laws.
Fox example, California adopted so-called “universal” background checks in the early 1990s. Democrats followed the implementation of those checks with firearm registration requirements and firearm confiscation laws. They also put in place a 10-day waiting period on gun purchases, a one-firearm-a-month purchase limit for handguns, and Gun Violence Restraining Orders—a new, not-so-sophisticated system of gun confiscation put in place after all the gun controls failed to stop the May 23, 2014, Santa Barbara attacker who shot three people to death and hacked three others.
California Democrats are now pushing to expand the one-firearm-a-month handgun purchase limit to include long gun purchases as well. In other words, California residents would be limited to a one-gun-of-any-kind purchase limit each month.
Perhaps you ask, ‘How could they ever enforce such a limit?’ The answer is simple: They can enforce it because the people went along with “universal” background checks in the 1990s and firearm registration in the 21st century. So the state government theoretically knows where every law-abiding gun owner and every law-abiding gun owner's firearm(s) reside. The transfer of a single gun between law-abiding citizens cannot take place except under the government’s purview via a background check.
That emphasis is present because these background checks, registration requirements, purchase limitations, and waiting periods only apply to law-abiding citizens.Note the emphasis on “law-abiding citizens.” That emphasis is present because these background checks, registration requirements, purchase limitations, and waiting periods only apply to law-abiding citizens. Criminals continue to get guns and use them as they see fit. If you want proof of this, simply consider the Dec. 2, 2015, San Bernardino terror attack. Those attackers carried rifles they acquired by circumventing the myriad California gun laws, and they also carried two handguns they acquired by submitting to background checks, waiting periods, etc. In other words, they made a laughingstock out of California leftists who constantly insinuate that gun control makes society safer.
Think about it this way—On Dec. 2, 2015, California had “universal” background checks, firearm registration laws, confiscation laws, one-firearm-a-month purchase limits for handguns, Gun Violence Restraining Orders, and a 10-day waiting period on gun purchases, among many other gun controls, yet the San Bernardino attackers had no problem using their firearms to kill 14 innocents.
Democrats responded to the San Bernardino attack by pushing even more gun control.
Most recently, California Democrats have secured a ban on so-called “high-capacity” magazines and the creation of a background check requirement for ammunition purchasers. The latter would work like background checks for firearm purchasers; which have already proven impotent to stop determined attackers from acquiring the guns they want to use in carrying out their evil schemes.
Moreover, the ban on “high-capacity” magazines—which is simply a limit on any magazines holding more than 10 rounds—was a failure before it was implemented.Moreover, the ban on “high-capacity” magazines—which is simply a limit on any magazines holding more than 10 rounds—was a failure before it was implemented. After all, the May 23, 2014, Santa Barbara attacker only used magazines holding 10 rounds or less during his horrific attack on innocents.
During the past two years, Democrats have banned campus carry for concealed-carry permit holders, although they could not list even one crime committed on a campus by a concealed carry permit holder. And they are currently fighting to disarm teachers with concealed-carry permits who carry a gun on K-12 campuses for defense of themselves and their students. Teachers can only do this if given permission by their administrators, and the Democrats are outraged that administrators in five school districts have granted such permission. Note: Those are five school districts out of California’s nearly 1,000.
The school districts are Kern High School District, Kingsburg Joint Union High School District, Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Anderson Union High School District, and Palo Cedro’s North Cow Creek School District. But Democrat Assemblyman Kevin McCarty is fighting to bar teachers with concealed-carry permits from being armed for self-defense. He is pursuing a state in which every teacher is unarmed and therefore unable to shoot back when under attack.
In addition to the aforementioned gun controls is California’s “good cause” requirement for concealed-carry permit issuance. This requirement forces law-abiding citizens to provide some kind of proof, some kind of justification, for seeking to carry a handgun on their person daily for self-defense. The existence of the natural, God-given right to keep and bear arms is not in itself a viable reason for California Democrats.
And we haven’t even mentioned the state’s “assault weapons” ban, which Democrats increasingly tighten year after year after year …
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.