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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed or vetoed a slew of gun-control bills Friday:
Signed into Law:
SB 127 by Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Rocklin — Requires that reports by a licensed psychotherapist to a local law enforcement agency of someone who has communicated a serious threat of physical violence against a reasonably identifiable victim or victims be made within 24 hours; also requires local law enforcement agencies, when they receive such reports, to notify the Department of Justice electronically and within 24 hours. SIGNED
SB 363 by Sen. Roderick Wright, D-Los Angeles — expands the crime of “criminal storage” to include keeping a loaded firearm within premises where a prohibited person is likely to gain access and actually accesses and causes injury. SIGNED
SB 683 by Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego — would require owners of long guns to earn safety certificates like those already required of handgun owners. SIGNED
AB 48 by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley — would ban conversion kits that allow people to turn regular magazines into high-capacity magazines. SIGNED
AB 170 by Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D-Gardena — would provides that only an individual person, not an organization, may be issued a permit to possess an assault weapon, .50 BMG rifle, or machine gun. SIGNED
AB 231 by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco — would make it a crime to leave a loaded firearm somewhere a child is likely to be able to get it without permission. SIGNED
AB 500 by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco — would tighten gun safety laws on safe storage to include households where someone is prohibited from owning a gun; also allows additional time for Department of Justice background checks. SIGNED
AB 538 by Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento — Requires a licensed firearm dealer to provide copies of the dealer’s record of sale (DROS) to a firearm purchaser at the time of delivery. SIGNED
AB 539 by Pan — lets someone who’s temporarily prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm to transfer firearms in his or her possession or ownership to a licensed firearms dealer for storage. SIGNED
AB 711 by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-South Gate — would ban use of lead ammunition in hunting by mid-2019. SIGNED
AB 1131 by Skinner — would extend from six months to five years the prohibition from owning firearms for those who’ve described a credible violent threat to a psychotherapist. SIGNED
SB 299 by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord — would require gun owners to report a gun theft or loss to police within seven days of knowing about it. VETOED
SB 374 by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento — would add all semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines to the state’s list of banned assault weapons. VETOED – THANK GOODNESS!!
SB 475 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco — would essentially ban gun shows at the Cow Palace by requiring they be approved by San Francisco and San Mateo supervisors. VETOED
SB 567 by Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara — would update the definition of an illegal shotgun to include a shotgun with a revolving cylinder and a rifled bore. VETOED
SB 755 by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Vacaville — would expand list of convicts who can’t legally own guns to include those with multiple drug or alcohol crimes, street gang members and others. VETOED
AB 169 by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento — would tighten exemptions to the law prohibiting purchase of handguns that haven’t been tested and deemed safe by the state. VETOED
AB 180 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland — would give Oakland an exemption from state pre-emption so it can pass its own stricter gun registration or licensing statutes. VETOED
Read more here.
You have got to be kidding me! Watch the below video and let me know what you think about this one. This 7th grade boy was playing with an Airsoft gun on his property. He was both target shooting and also ended up playing with other boys, including shooting each other with the plastic pellets. Trust me, I do NOT think it is ok that they were shooting each other, especially as a mother. After all, they could put an eye out. But, I sincerely fail to see how this is any business of the school district. This is clearly an issue where his mom should discipline him, perhaps ensure he has a good male mentor, perhaps get him into some firearms safety classes and basic pistol classes so that he learns the four commandments of using a gun, safe handling, as well as refocusing his energy in a more positive direction as it relates to firearms. Suspending a child from school for a year, especially at the Middle School or High School level, is a sure-fire way to put the student on a slippery slope toward educational failure, which will increase the chances that this child will become a criminal of some type in the future. What do you think about this one?
This school is in Virginia Beach, VA and is attempting to extend its policies into student’s homes. Two 7th graders were suspended for playing with Air Aoft guns on their own property. A school committee voted to suspend one of the students, Khalid Caraballo, for an entire year.
Read more here: Boys Suspended for Playing with Toy Guns at Home | TIME.com.
Last Thursday, at the ceremonial swearing-in for Todd Jones as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Vice President Biden announced two new Executive Actions that the President planned to take.
One of the Executive Actions would be a policy ending a government practice that lets military weapons, sold or donated by the U.S. to allies, be reimported into the U.S. by private entities. The White House said the U.S. has approved 250,000 of those guns to be reimported since 2005; under the new policy, only museums and a few other entities like the government will be eligible to reimport military-grade firearms.
The other proposed Executive Action is aimed at stopping those who would be ineligible to pass a background check from skirting the law by registering a gun to a corporation or trust. The new rule would require people associated with those entities, like beneficiaries and trustees, to undergo the same type of fingerprint-based background checks as individuals if they want to register guns. Watch the VPs remarks here:
I do not know enough about gun trusts to comment on that action, and the other action regarding importing our own weapons back into the country, with government approval (as the VP stated), these can only be transferred to private citizens via FFLs, which means the properly imported weapons would end up in the hands of citizens who obtained them legally. The people who will really be harmed by this are the vast community of gun collectors. As with other gun control actions, you’ll notice that Biden only said how many firearms changed hands via these two methods, but he did not say how many deaths were caused as a result of these programs (either the gun trusts or importing our own weapons back into the country.) That is a slick trick, the stats he used were craftily used to scare people. During the last year, there have been record breaking numbers of firearms sales, of all kinds. This is 100% because of this administrations war against guns, in spite of the actual crime statistics, and in spite of the Constitution.
A friend of mine, Savage1R, who is also a contributor on WeLikeShooting.com and has an excellent and informative YouTube Channel made a very easy to understand YouTube Video about these actions. After I watched his video, I finally understood the Gun Trust Executive Action, and as I figured – it is just as ridiculous as the rest. Watch his video on the Executive Actions and then let me know what you think about it.
The only way we are really going to get all of their gun control efforts “under control” is to pay attention, and vote them all out of office.
We just spent the last year, or so, focused on the Trayvon Martin death and the George Zimmerman trial. I have voiced my opinion that George Zimmerman seemed to have made choices that, as a gun owner, or a neighborhood watch, I probably would not have made. As a result, he ended up in the confrontation where he felt he needed to defend his life within the bounds of Florida law. I feel the jury was correct to acquit Mr. Zimmerman, as it pertains to Florida law. What really happened that night will never be known, and we can only go by the evidence that was obtained, not by what we feel emotionally and definitely not by what fits our own political agenda. Both sides of the gun debate took their respective sides and then with the race card mixed in, it became an ugly unfortunate mess. Almost no one seemed to really look at it subjectively – no one was willing to admit that the side they favored made any mistakes. I believe that mistakes were made on both sides that lead to confusion, misrepresentation, fear (on both sides) and ultimately the death of Trayvon. I believe that either side could have stopped the escalation in that one situation, but even my opinion is just my opinion – for I only know the facts reported.
What I do know is that a great deal of people threw their political capital behind Trayvon Martin, to include the President of the United States, all the current Civil Rights leaders, many politicians, nearly everyone who has a song on the top 40 charts or a B-movie streaming on Netflix. The energy, money, television airtime, space on blogs, and merchandise promoting the image of Trayvon Martin as a polarizing symbol was a relentless tsunami, one that drowned out any other perspective, as well as many other important current news events. Trayvon’s death was tragic, but it saddens me deeply to think that so many people lined up to rage against a case where mistakes were made on both sides and the self-defense shooting was conducted within the law and without malice. I watched an interview on CNN soon after the Zimmerman trial ended, I believe it was with Anderson Cooper, but he was interviewing inner city kids in Chicago. Many of them were upset that Trayvon was getting so much attention, because people were getting murdered in their neighborhood day after day and it only made the news as a statistic (i.e. there were 43 murders over the weekend.) I wondered then, what if every single person who has spent money or time on the Trayvon Martin case instead had spent time and money toward solving the inner city gang violence that throbs through the veins of the city, always just under the surface, like a cancer – killing the young and underprivileged.
In two separate incidents this week, Christopher Lane and Delbert Belton were killed in random acts of meaningless violence. Their deaths are indicative of the type of violence that happens somewhere in our country several times a day, in one-way or another. Neither of these deaths would have been stopped by all the gun laws that Senator Diane Feinstein, Mayor Bloomberg, nor legislatures from New York, California, Colorado or Illinois could conjure in their cauldron of seething gun-grabbing nonsense.
Chris Lane was killed by three teenagers who claim to have been “bored”. He was killed with a .22 Caliber handgun, police believe it was a revolver. The World War II Veteran, Delbert Belton, was killed by two teenagers using heavy flashlights, his death was caused by blunt force trauma. Again, these two teenagers may have been looking to commit a robbery, but otherwise, killed this honorable man who fought valiantly to defend their freedom, probably before their grandparents were even born.
What I want to know is: Where is the rage now? Where are all those movie stars? Why aren’t people wearing East Central University Baseball caps or United States Marines ball caps declaring, “It could have been their son, friend, father, grandfather?”
When I think about the billions of dollars spent and the valuable time spent by lawmakers at every level of government in an attempt to infringe upon the second amendment, it sickens me when city Police Departments are basically left to take on gang related activity with meager budgets and reduced manning. Kids are born into worlds where dreams seem impossible. If all of the energy spent dividing this country on guns and race were actually focused on something we could all agree with, we might see real change.
You do not need a gun to be a thug.
Rest in Peace Christopher Lane, may your light shine on for all who knew you.
Delbert “Shorty” Belton (USMC) I salute you! You came from the greatest generation and gave more than most to our country. I can only pray that one day these young men realize what they have done and the dichotomy between their lives and yours.
Gun-rights advocates are planning a rally at the same park where a group will read the names of gun violence victims on the anniversary of the Colorado theater shootings, prompting a state lawmaker to call the move “a slap in the face.” Both start at noon. State Parks spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said the groups were issued permits for locations that are within sight of each other, but she didn’t know the distance. She said park rangers and law officers would be present to keep the peace. Read more via MiamiHerald.com.
The Remembrance ceremony is sponsored by Mayors against Illegal Guns (funded by New York City Mayor Bloomberg), so I do understand the reason that Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO) plans to do a simultaneous protest, the only problem is that the general public who does not care one way or another will not see it that way. The Denver Post has advertised the Bloomberg sponsored Remembrance ceremony and they did mention that it is sponsored by Bloomberg’s group, MAIG. Still, they made it seem like it was THE memorial. To the uneducated public, this will look like the RMGO are insensitive, as the media will only mention the pro gun rally on the TV News. A quick Google search will show you that nearly all the articles about this event include a title about the insensitivity of gun-rights groups. Some battles are better fought another way. The best thing these pro-gun people can do is stuff envelopes, register like minded voters, get petitions signed, work social media and make phone calls to get the word out about the next chances to vote these people and their laws out of our lives!
To the person who does not care about guns at all, the Bloomberg sponsored ceremony will look like a respectful way to remember the victims of the Aurora Theater Shooting. The RMGO group will look like they are taking advantage of a situation and like they are using poor taste, no matter what. I am actually a fan of most of the things RMGO does, I follow them, I am a Colorado resident, but this will be spun as poor taste and I believe will do more harm than good for the perception of gun owners in Colorado. There are other ways. They should quietly attend a different memorial, they could call for volunteerism among their ranks to make the world a better place for a day, they could all just stay home and do nothing for that one day and they will end up ahead. Even though I agree with their agenda 100%, this is not the way, this is not the way at all. Do they have public relations representatives within their organization? Or maybe they hired Paula Deen’s PR people. I hope they rethink this, just the fact they thought of it looks bad. This is my opinion, what do you think?
P.S. Remember that when they call themselves “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” they don’t just mean the guns that are currently illegal. They have every intention of making the firearm you already lawfully own illegal as well.
You may recall that, back in January, I showed an educational video demonstrating how ammunition will react in a house fire. It was based on research and testing by Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI). If your ammunition is NOT chambered in a firearm, the powder will likely ignite, but will not reach high enough velocity, in most cases, to even go through a piece of drywall. The story is very different if you have a chambered round in a gun, in this case a fire will cause a round to fire as it normally would if the trigger were pulled.
UPDATE: Shawn from over at LooseRounds.com shared a classic firearm reference with me called “Hatcher’s Notebook” it was first published in 1947 by retired Army Major General Julian Hatcher. Start reading around page 526 for more detailed information on this topic, as it does validate the info in the SAAMI video I shared previously.
In Colorado, the Aurora Fire Department has contained a house fire last Saturday morning that destroyed the garage of the house. The fire department says there were ‘multiple rounds’ of ammunition inside the house on the 4600 block of Norfolk Way. Witnesses said they could hear the ammunition go off as firefighters poured water on the house. One man inside the home was transported to a local hospital to be treated for burns. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Read more via 9news.com.
To me it sounds like microwave popcorn – and I would be leery of going near the structure, even given the above information from SAAMI. Watch the video to hear the ammunition igniting in the fire.
Are you a firefighter or do you know a firefighter? If a homeowner tells you there is ammo in the home – what do you do? How dangerous is it really? I could like to hear from those with first hand experience.
Along with math, science and social studies, gun safety could soon be part of the first-grade curriculum in some Missouri public schools. A new measure that advocates for such classes for first-graders was signed into law last week. But the idea has prompted worry from some parents and experts about the role and effectiveness of gun safety programs in a classroom setting. “I don’t have a gun. My family doesn’t have a gun. There is no reason for them to be teaching about gun safety when there are children with parents like me,” Aimee Patton, a Kansas City blogger and mom to a 6-year-old girl, told CNN in a phone interview. Read more via CNN.
While I truly believe that gun education, as in how to use a gun, should be taught only by experienced, well-trained people, and the decision to teach a child how to use a gun should 100% be up to the parent, teaching a child how to safely react when they encounter a gun is really no different than teaching them how to react when there is a fire or “stranger danger” situation. With all the accidental deaths in the news, deaths that are caused by children shooting themselves or accidentally shooting other young friends or siblings, how could this be a bad thing? Especially for children who live in homes without guns. These children may not understand that a firearm should always be assumed to be loaded. Something like the Eddie Eagle program simply teaches kids:
If you see a gun:
- DON’T TOUCH.
- LEAVE THE AREA.
- TELL AN ADULT.
I have not witnessed the actual training taking place, and have not reviewed the curriculum for Eddie Eagle, but one of the criticisms in the article is that there is no “Practical Application” training included. All a teacher would have to do is spend about 15 minutes role playing with a toy gun. They know how to call 911, they know where to go for a fire drill, there is no reason a child couldn’t be taught to NOT touch a gun. It seems to me that children in homes with no guns would be the most likely kids to touch a gun if they found one (though it may be less likely they would find one.) Should they come across a gun, it seems they would be much more curious about it and more likely to touch it since the odds are that their parents never educated them about a firearm. If you never see one, you never play with a toy gun, you can’t make a paper gun, you can’t bite your pop tart into a gun, when would the teaching moment ever arrive in a child’s life? Cops and Robbers, Cowboy vs. outlaw games we all played as children helped us work out the difference between good and evil, but it also gave our parents a reason to talk to use about gun safety.
I guess the parents who don’t have guns and the School districts who won’t even let a “Pop Tart” gun exist would rather just pretend that guns do not exist at all and then pray and hope with all their might that their children never happen across one of the 300,000,000 guns out in our society. Yep – hope is a great plan.
For me, I have and will continue to talk to my children and train them in gun safety, and as they grow – the proper use of a firearm.
Full Disclosure: I am the mother of a first grader.
The Armed Citizen Project, a Texas-based nonprofit dedicated to building secure neighborhoods by creating responsible gun owners, has set a date for its national expansion. On August 10th the group is prepared to celebrate its inaugural National Empowerment Day by training and arming hundreds of mothers and single women across the country.
Recently, the group garnered attention for its efforts to reform the crime-riddled Oak Forest neighborhood in Houston. In this instance, dozens of qualified homeowners were provided with a free 12-gauge pump action shotgun upon completion of a concentrated safety and tactical training course.
Such training will also play a key part in National Empowerment Day. Working with shooting ranges and gun clubs across the country, the group hopes to not only provide these women with a sense of security, but also wants to directly confront misconceptions regarding women and guns.
In short, the group aims to dramatically change common perceptions about women regarding their comfort and ability to wield a firearm. In a statement Executive Director Kyle Coplen notes that he sees this effort as “combating the subtle misogynistic nature of the anti-gun lobby.”
We are empowering citizens and deterring crime, one free shotgun at a time.
An ancillary objective of the group is to remove perceived barriers to gun ownership that exist in the minds of many. “Our training is thorough, but there are often concerns from participants regarding licensing and registration restrictions that frankly, do not exist,” says Coplen “We have a duty to not only train, but also to tear down these imaginary walls.”
ACP is committed to building safe communities by facilitating the right guaranteed to all Americans through the Second Amendment. Prospective participants are encouraged to visit the group’s website at ArmedCitizenProject.org for more information and to apply for training.
Didn’t anyone tell the criminals in Chicago that they are breaking more laws than ever? They have some of the strictest gun laws in the country, and even more laws passed since December, so why do the criminals keep shooting?
The Windy City reached a grim milestone over the long Fourth of July weekend as the city’s homicide rate surpassed 200. The city logged its 200th homicide of the year on Saturday when a 24-year-old man was shot to death in the 1000 block of West Maxwell Street on the Near West Side, according to RedEye Chicago. On Saturday alone, at least seven people were injured in a single drive-by shooting that left a 48-year-old man dead. The Sun-Times reports police believe the 6 p.m. shooting in Lawndale was gang-related and connected to an earlier attack on July. Read more Here for details.
My heart goes out to all the victims and families affected by the decisions these criminals made over the past weekend and throughout the year.