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California One-ups New York’s Tough Gun Laws

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California lawmakers are giving New York serious competition for which state has the toughest gun laws in the country. According to the Wall Street Journal, the California state legislature put forward 10 proposals restricting the purchase and possession of certain firearms and ammunition. Several more are slated to be introduced later this month.

“California has always been a leader on the issue of gun safety,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “New York has stepped up and stepped forward. California needs to answer the call.”

Many of the new proposals follow along the lines of the New York law that passed earlier last month, but there are a few additions that make the California version even more stringent. A major point brought up by lawmakers is to ban the popular “bullet button” feature on semi-automatic rifles. The button replaces the magazine release and has to be activated by a bullet or similar object, allowing the firearm to be reloaded in a slower-than-normal way.

Other reported proposals include:

  • A ban on semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines
  • Background checks for ammunition purchases and an unspecified ammunition tax
  • A ban on magazines holding more than 10 bullets
  • Gun owners would have to obtain liability insurance to cover their firearms in case of injury or damage
  • Permits for certain rifles can no longer be held in the name of a corporation, association, partnership or LLC
  • Remove grandfather clauses from certain weapons
  • Registration of all firearms

Sam Paredes, director of the Gun Owners of California association, called the new bills “unconscionable” and an attempt to buy out less wealthy gun owners who can’t afford the new changes. Parades vowed to bring the matter to court if the bills are passed into law.

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  • Charles Roche

    all the more reason to leave kalifornia.

    • TexasGale

      Moved from CA to TX when they improved the castle laws a few years ago. Defend your neighbors property with lethal force.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.keller.5688 Mike Keller

    You can bet your sweet bippie that Christopher Dorner and his cohort supporters
    will step right up to the plate and follow the rules. Whatever laws are passed the blame falls squarely on the voters. Sure glad I moved to Az 10+ years ago.

  • OZ

    Even with the toughest gun laws, California still has one of the highest gun crime rates. You’d think with the new legislation it would be the safest . Stupid politicians. Its like saying there’s an epidemic of chicken pox. Let’s make it harder for treatment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bobby.aldridge.3 Bobby Aldridge

    California politians are and always have been a bunch of idiots . They’re guns aren’t going to restrict any one but the law abiding citizens who live by rules anyway.

  • glenn

    Well this is both a good and bad thing, It’s good that it is individual states doing it and not nation wide.

    It’s bad that many good law abiding gun owners will get screwed by this. But the good guys can simply move to a better more gun friendly state taking their tax dollars with them.

    Then let the liberals wallow in there cesspool of crime and dictator ship,because crime will go up it always does

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Ess/100000666571492 Dan Ess

      It’s a bad thing that any state can enact laws that infringe upon our right to defend ourselves. One should be able to travel state to state if they are a citizen that is legally authorized to own and carry a weapon. Since the Constitution says we have the “Right To Bear Arms” No State has a Right to Prevent me from doing so. Do you think when they wrote that, they would envision you carrying a weapon that was unloaded, with the ammo in one place the gun in another? I know, there were not cars back then. There were wagons. I know, things were wild back then, and they are not today? One should not become a criminal because they drive to another state with their handgun on their person loaded (if they are licensed to do so). We are messed up beyond comprehension here. Who are the ones that are really afraid?

      • http://twitter.com/ButeoBliss Buteo Bliss

        I was in California on business in 2011. Made the mistake of reporting two thugs trying to break into the motel room next to me. 911 said cops wouldn’t be able to show for 40 minutes (this was IN Bakersfield) and I was on my own; hotel clerk had tried to chase off the guys. But they came back and pounded on my door until it nearly caved in. Only thing that stopped them was my yelling that I had a gun, and that I intended to use it. (Left my “good” gun at home, since it was illegal in California. Damn sure the 5 rounds of .38 in my little California-safe revolver wouldn’t have knocked these guys down.

  • nra

    the gangmembers in the california barios are getting a good laugh out of this. but the law abiding gun owners..who the idiotic laws will affect..don’t think it’s so funny

  • RPJ

    When will nature do us all a favor & wash that crappy state out to sea?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Ess/100000666571492 Dan Ess

    Why don’t people understand that the Criminal Element Does Not Care about New Laws ? ! ? They Did Not Care about the Old Laws, we have proof. Many say that Gun Owners are paranoid, huh, who’s creating laws to ban guns a step at a time, from Legally Authorized Gun Owners? Those in power, those who have All The Protection in the World; what are They Afraid Of?

  • Greg

    California gangs ruled the streets of the major cities. Now they can control the whole darn State. Dumb and Dumber on the Left Coast are alive in Sacramento. Just hand over the whole darn place to the thug element.

  • Chris C

    Dear Mexico,

    You can now start sending your criminals back to California as you did in the 1800′s. They will be allowed free reign on all citizens without the need to worry about being harmed, the citizens are disarmed now.

    Come take over their houses, have a baby and you will be a citizen of the US. We will pay for your health care, food and even give you a job (if you want to work, or we will pay you if you don’t, your choice). You may choose to take California under Mexico control think it’s much more inviting to keep it US so you can get all the benefits that we are offering you.

    Keep in mind that we are working hard to extend this hospitality across the entire US. You will be able to freely come and go as you please across all states without harm from citizens. We are also working hard to make it where our armed forces and border protection agents have no jurisdiction.

    Bring your friends too! Tell China we are open for business too!

    “This land is your land, this land WAS my land
    From California, to the New York Island”

    Signed,
    The current idiots in congress

    Yeah, I think these idiots don’t look at the big picture. Disarm Americans and we are sitting ducks for an invasion and our military won’t be able to help much. That’s looking at it on a national level, on a local level it will turn cities and states into a cesspool of crime where only criminals can and will exist. Totally 180 degrees from what I think that these politicians are trying to achieve unless their true actions are to allow a take over from another country or within our country by low life scum (whom they government seems to love since they keep paying for them to live high on the hog). This may very well be the direction that this while administration is headed with this.

  • HorseTeethSam

    California’s going soft… where are the psychological evaluations, references from 10 non-relatives, DNA sample, micro-stamping, mandatory shooting-sports membership, etc, etc, etc? Of course they won’t completely ban firearms. Just make it impossible to qualify and afford to own one.

  • Hunt

    Fight it don’t let them do it !!!!!!!! New York: Governor Andrew Cuomo Just ramed it up our ass !!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/wild.hogs.543 Wild Hog’s

    This is why when I left this dumb state for the military I said I would never move back!! Instead of adding new laws lets enforce the ones they have and while they are at it send all the darn illegals back to Mexico!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cary.barron.1 Cary Barron

    Way to go Cali. You have just created a place that is safe for all criminals. They can now go about raping, pillaging and killing without the fear that some crazy gun owning citizen might shoot them in self defense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cary.barron.1 Cary Barron

    Way to go Cali. You have just created a place that is safe for all criminals. They can now go about raping, pillaging and killing without the fear that some crazy gun owning citizen might shoot them in self defense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Kindred/100001458231210 Jim Kindred

    I certainly hope they do not allow an exemption for the movie industry. That industry backs gun control to the hilt so they should enjoy it just like everyone else is expected to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.wolfe.92 Kevin Wolfe

    The best one is where you the owner has to
    have liability insurance on your guns, so if they are used to shoot
    people thier families can sue you because you were robbed and it’s your
    fault.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.wolfe.92 Kevin Wolfe

    The best one is where you the owner has to
    have liability insurance on your guns, so if they are used to shoot
    people thier families can sue you because you were robbed and it’s your
    fault.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.wolfe.92 Kevin Wolfe

    The best one is where you the owner has to
    have liability insurance on your guns, so if they are used to shoot
    people thier families can sue you because you were robbed and it’s your
    fault.