California Democrats Look to Add to Crimes that Strip 2A Rights

April 29, 2019


Matthew Hoy

Proving that no bad gun control idea ever really dies, California state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D.-Santa Barbara, has introduced a bill that would expand the crimes that would result in the loss of a person's 2nd Amendment rights for 10 years.

The bill in its current form adds possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated to crimes for which a conviction results in the gun possession ban.

At issue is the fact that this is the first of a new wave of gun control efforts to expand the crimes that result in a gun ban to non-violent and non-firearm-related crimes. Jackson's original bill, since amended, also included drunk in public and disorderly conduct as disqualifying crimes as well. Apparently even that was too much for her fellow Democrats to support.

This sort of thing has a history. Back in 2013, state Sen. Lois Wolk, D.-Davis,  introduced a very similar bill, SB755, that passed the state legislature. It was too much for Gov. Jerry Brown.

While currently in a suspense file, the bill can be resurrected at any time—and likely will be. If it passes the legislature, it is highly unlikely that Gov. Gavin Newsom will veto it like his predecessor did.

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