California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs 15 anti-gun bills

October 14, 2019


Matthew Hoy

If the Democrat-dominated legislature in California passes it, then when it comes to anti-gun bills, Gov. Gavin Newsom will sign them.

A total of 15 new gun-control bills became law last week with the governor's signature, including several bills that former Gov. Jerry Brown had declined to sign. An email sent out by the Firearms Policy Coalition provides a good summary of the new laws.

  • AB 12 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) extends the duration of a gun violence restraining order (GVRO) (AKA "red flag law") to a maximum of five years instead of one year.
  • AB 61 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) allows an employer, coworker, employee or teacher to file a petition requesting that your guns be confiscated without due process.
  • AB 164 by Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes (D-Riverside) holds any person subject to a valid restraining order, injunction, or protective order issued out of state to the same restrictions on buying or possessing firearms in California as they are under in the state where the order or injunction is operative.
  • AB 339 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) requires law enforcement agencies to develop and adopt written policies and standards regarding the use of gun violence restraining orders.
  • AB 521 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) requires the University of California to develop a training programs for doctors on the "prevention of firearm-related injury and death."
  • AB 645 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) requires firearms packaging to contain even more redundant warning statements on suicide prevention, increasing the cost to sell the product to the consumer.
  • AB 879 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) requires that the sale of firearm "precursor parts" (80% lowers, AK flats etc) be conducted through a licensed firearm precursor part vendor. The author, as judged by prior introduction of a similar bill during the previous session, more than likely intends to have ALL firearms related parts to be classified as "precursor parts."
  • AB 893 by Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the San Diego.
  • AB 1297 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) eliminates the existing $100 limit on processing fees for concealed firearm licenses, meaning local sheriffs can charge as much as they'd like.
  • AB 1493 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) authorizes a person who is the subject of a gun violence restraining order to submit a form to the court voluntarily relinquishing their firearm rights.
  • AB 1548 by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) codifies the California State Nonprofit Security Grant Program to "improve the physical security of nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of violent attacks or hate crimes due to ideology, beliefs, or mission."
  • AB 1603 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) codifies the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Grant Program to "help reduce violence in communities that are disproportionately impacted by violence."
  • AB 1669 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) updates existing law by applying the same gun show regulations that already apply to firearms dealers to ammunition vendors as well.
  • SB 61 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) prohibits the sale of a semiautomatic centerfire rifle to any person under 21 years of age.
  • SB 376 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) limits the number of personally-owned firearms an individual can sell without a license.

All of these laws have one thing in common, none of them would've stopped a single mass shooting that politicians seem so concerned about.

In fact, the extension of the so-called "red flag" laws to include co-workers, teachers, and employers as potential reporting parties is so extreme that even the usually reliable, anti-2nd Amendment ACLU said this was a step too far.

 The ACLU said the bill "poses a significant threat to civil liberties" because orders can be sought before gun owners have an opportunity to contest the requests.

Those allowed to request orders under the new law may "lack the relationship or skills required to make an appropriate assessment," the ACLU said.

It is almost a guarantee that the red flag law will be abused to harass and disarm those whom hold unpopular political opinions in this state (i.e. gun owners).

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