NRA Takes Aim at 2 Restrictive California Anti-Gun Laws
California is infamous not only for it’s unreasonable and far reaching gun laws, but also for its extreme inconsistency and poor communication with the public. Every law abiding gun owner in California knows that they need to follow changes in the law closely. This is because the laws in California change frequently, drastically, and in ways that are hard to predict. Many California gun owners get caught up in legal entanglements that they could hardly be expected to predict.
This means that gun rights protection groups like the National Rifle Association have to be especially vigilant in California, and today, the NRA is taking aim at two strict California gun laws that are making it unreasonably difficult for citizens to exercise their right to self-defense.
The state of California put a ban on “high capacity” magazines into effect some years ago. This ban has changed a number of times- almost always in the direction of further reducing the number of rounds a gun owner can keep in a single magazine. In other words, something that was “low capacity” yesterday is “high capacity” today- and has become illegal. Before you know it, revolvers will become “high capacity.”
The law went into effect in 2000 and made it illegal to buy magazines which contain more than 10 rounds. In 2016, Proposition 63 required anyone in possession of a “high capacity” magazine to send it out of the state, modify it, or turn it in.
Now the NRA is looking to do away with the ban, the proposition- or both. If the gun rights advocacy group is successful, it will be a landmark victory for them in this ongoing conflict over magazine size. The final battle will probably take place in the Supreme Court, and that means the outcome will have national implications.
Advocates of these laws argue that high capacity magazines are the driving technology behind horrific school shootings like the ones that occurred in Parkland, Florida; and Columbine, Colorado. But the truth is that these shootings and shootings like them are very rare. They seem as if they are not rare because the mainstream media sensationalizes them.
In fact, the vast majority of school shootings and other “mass” shootings are carried out using handguns. That is to say, handguns kill more people than any other type of firearm. So it would seem more reasonable for anti-gun advocates to try to ban handguns first. They don’t do this because they know that there is not a sufficient amount of politicians who will back up that kind of ban.
This tells you that the minds behind the attack on the second amendment are not interested in saving lives- rather they are simply acting out of fear of the American people. This conclusion becomes ever more apparent when you look at the fact that in more than 70% of fatal shootings, it is the would-be perpetrator of a violent crime who is injured or killed. In other words, legal gun ownership saves far more lives than it costs.
And don’t forget, in calculating total gun deaths in America, anti-second amendment activists include suicide by gun deaths.
At present, the NRA and California lawmakers are engaged in a series of private meetings to hash out the details. For the first time, these California policymakers are taking their pro-gun opposition seriously. They know that if the NRA wins this fight in their state, that few other states would consider upholding similar bans.
California has long counted on other states following its example as a means for maintaining many of its radical liberal policies. As the seventh largest economy, and the home of the film industry- California lawmakers have long lorded their cultural influence over the rest of the country.
At present, the war on gun rights has largely gone underground as anti-gun advocates have turned away from national stories and federal mandates. Instead, they are focusing on local level red flag laws which enable county judges to confiscate legally owned guns based on rumors. These local level battles are going on all over the country.
The anti-gun Left knows that it is fighting a losing battle. The “high capacity” magazine laws in California remain one of their few high profile legal strongholds- and they are quite sensibly trying to fight this battle in private. If they win, they hold their ground. But if they lose, they lose on a national level at a time when anti-gun sentiments are increasingly unpopular.