While the fact that Governor Jerry Brown (D) vetoed some anti-gun bills that are supposed to protect gun rights, some of the laws signed by the California governor do nothing but infringe on gun owners and effectively end hunting as we know it.
Hunting with lead ammo will now be illegal in California. Law makers say this is to protect the environment in their state, and while this is completely untrue, it also presents some subtle moves to change gun ownership as we know it.
Lead ammo is soft and often used in bullets for it’s density. It is also considered more humane since it kills the animal quicker. With this ammo being banned more hunters would be forced to use full copper ammo, which is harder but also considered armor piercing. The problem is that federal law makes armor piercing bullets illegal if they can be fired from a handgun.
You can see how this subtle move is another shift toward making hunting and gun ownership a thing of the past. California took a major step against gun rights with these laws and not a single person is safer because of it.
This ban on lead ammo is really just a ban on hunting in the state that is disguised as a ban on certain ammo that stops hurting the environment. The only options left for hunters are really no options at all in the long run.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, Brown also signed:
SB363–Expands the crime of “criminal storage” in a way that will make it difficult for gun owners with children to keep a loaded gun in the home.
SB683–”Requires owners of long guns to earn safety certificates like those already required of handgun owners.”
AB48–Bans “conversion kits” that enable gun owners to turn standard capacity magazines into “high capacity magazines.”
AB231–Ends organizational purchase of “assault weapons,” .50 cal. riles, and machine guns. An individual MUST go through the standard background checks and registration for such weapons from now on.
AB 500–Expands the time the DOJ has to do a background check on gun purchasers and expands places in which it is illegal to store a firearm.
AB1131–Extends “from six months to five years the prohibition from owning firearms for those who’ve described a credible violent threat to a psychotherapist.”
But at least Governor Brown did not sign every bill that restricted 2nd amendment rights. He did veto the bill that would have banned any semi-automatic rifle that was able to take detachable magazines.
You should probably thank the NRA for the fact that Governor Brown vetoes this bill since they are the ones who threatened to sue the state if the governor signed the bill that would have turned most every hunter and gun enthusiast into a criminal.
“I don’t believe that this bill’s blanket ban on semiautomatic rifles would reduce criminal activity or enhance public safety enough to warrant this infringement on gun owners’ rights,” Brown said.
Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg was the one who introduced this bill that would have banned guns with detachable magazines, and his comment on the bill shows just how ignorant he is.
“There is no legitimate reason for hunters or sportsmen and women to have battlefield-style rifles that can quickly spray dozens and dozens of rounds through the rapid reloading of detachable magazines,” Steinberg said, noting those kinds of weapons have been used in some recent mass killings. – LA Times article.
No legitimate reason for hunters, sportsmen and women to own one of the most common rifles in America? Can you think of any reasons? I know we can think of many, but do we really need to? After all, the 2nd amendment is a right not just a need.