The clock is winding down for members of our esteemed legislature to introduce bills in the second half of the 2015-16 session. The question at this point is whether they will add to the compost heap of legislation that will ravage the 2nd Amendment.
Already we have bills to ban all semi-automatic centerfire rifles as we know them today, and the political spew is as inflammatory as they come.
“Bullet button-equipped weapons are designed only to facilitate the maximum destruction of human life” – Senator Isadore Hall (D-Compton)
Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-Carson) wants to outlaw 80% receivers and Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) thinks he will protect Californians by limiting any and all firearm purchases to one a month. And, big surprise here – Senator Wolk (who gave us SB 707 which outlawed campus carry) wants to establish an “anti-gun violence policy research center” at the very “fair-minded” University of California. This is a no starter – because according to the liberals, victims of gun violence include cop killers and others shot by law enforcement during the commission of a crime.
“Killing machines have no place on our streets” … “Shooters can quickly reload the firearm and cause mass damage….” – Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Marin County)
But kudos to Assembly Public Safety Committee Vice-Chair Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore), who has a new bill to revert California statute to previous law (pre-Proposition 47) by making the theft of a firearm felony grand theft .
“Shooters use military-style weaponry because it enables them to kill as many innocent people as fast as they can…” – Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco)
Even though both the Senate and Assembly “Desk” (the physical spot where legislation is introduced in the respective Chambers) close for bill introduction tomorrow afternoon, this doesn’t shut down the shenanigans and rule-bending (also known as rule “breaking”) that are endemic and sure to come at the Capitol. Bills can always be gutted and amended – yes, a proposal on kindergarten curriculum can just as easily become one that puts a tax on your ammo.
That’s why GOC has it’s binoculars on all things legislative – next week we’ll let you know if anything else ends up on that compost heap of bills.