New year, new laws. In the blue state of California, New Years Day brought some shocking new laws.
California, which already bars people younger than 21 from buying handguns, will extend that to long guns with a few exceptions for military members and licensed hunters.
Opponents of the legislation argued that people can obtain long guns through illegal channels and that state legislators should focus on making sure criminals and those with mental health issues cannot get guns themselves.
Republican Sen. Jim Nielsen said he thinks “bills like this miss the target,” as the Los Angeles Times reported.
“What is magic about 21?” Nielsen asked. “All of a sudden you are not a danger anymore? [….]
California also will ban guns for people with certain domestic violence misdemeanors and require eight hours of training and live-fire exercises to carry concealed weapons.
It boils down to this: California residents are able to go to war when they are between the ages of 18-21, but they don’t have the right to defend themselves via a firearm.
Democrats in the leftist state brought up the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which took place on Valentines Day of 2018. But this is a bad argument for them to make, since lives could have been saved if one bystander had a gun on their person.
Chickconright.com explains that the shoot could have also been prevented “had the school district, police and the FBI done their jobs properly and had people properly reported the shooter’s prior incidents. That was why he was able to obtain a gun, nothing to do with age. The Sutherland Springs shooter in Texas was over 21 and once again the problem wasn’t that he was too young, the problem was people didn’t properly report incidents that should have been reported to stop him from getting a gun.”
Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell is also from California. (If you don’t remember him, he threatened proponents of gun rights last month, claiming that guns were not “an effective deterrent against the government because ‘the government has nukes,'” according to Chicksonright.com.
Fox News reports:
Crimes committed by illegal immigrants have spurred calls for change. In California, a state assemblyman earlier this month demanded a change to a “state sanctuary” law that prohibits local law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal immigration officials after cops said a twice-deported man living in the United States illegally went on a daylong crime spree that included a murder.
Days later, when 32-year-old Gustavo Perez Arriaga allegedly gunned down California police Cpl. Ronil Singh hours after Christmas Day, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson blamed the state’s 2017 sanctuary law. The statute prevents California state authorities from notifying federal immigration authorities about the immigration status of people like Arriaga, who was in the U.S. illegally.
“We were prohibited — law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws and that led to the encounter with officer Singh,” Christianson said at a news conference. “The outcome could have been different if law enforcement wasn’t restricted, prohibited, or had their hands tied because of political interference.”
Now that California is essentially a veto-proof Democratic majority, it’s not likely that Republicans will be able to change the sanctuary laws.