California’s “Gunmaggedon” Laws Will Radically Change the Second Amendment, Unless…

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California's "Gunmaggedon"

Last month, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a batch of firearms control laws known collectively as “Gunmageddon.”

In response to the San Bernardino mass shooting that left 14 dead last December, the California State Senate approved sweeping controls on gun purchases and sales that could become some of the strictest gun control laws in the country if signed into law.

Some of the bills passed by the California State Senate would ban the sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines and expand background checks by requiring them for ammunition purchases. However, the next step is in the hands of the State Assembly.

The passed measures, collectively referred to by critics as “Gunmageddon,” are:

  • SB 1235, which expands background checks by mandating them for ammunition purchases. In addition, it would require the creation of a new system for collecting information on ammunition sales and licenses for selling ammunition.
  • SB 1446, which bans ammunition clips that hold over 10 rounds.
  • SB 880, which reclassifies rifles with ammunition clips that are detachable or quickly swapped out using a release button as assault weapons, thereby banning them in the state.
  • SB 894, which requires gun thefts or losses to be reported within five days.
  • SB 1407, which requires tinkerers that build or assemble guns to receive a serial number before beginning.
  • SB 1006, which creates a new center for gun violence research at the University of California.
    AB 1176, which makes gun theft a felony.
  • AB 1511, which increases restrictions on loaning someone a gun.

  • California gun store owners are taking charge and determined to fight back against the laws, which take aim at so-called assault weapons, enforce ammunition background checks, mostly take effect Jan. 1 and outlaw the possession of high-capacity magazines and ban the “bullet buttons” that already require a tool to release the magazine, instead advocating that the rifle is partially disassembled, and that any rifle with a detachable magazine will be defined as an assault weapon.

    California’s Republicans are pushing back against the measures, claiming they hurt more than help. Senator Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin) called the measures “an assault on our 2nd Amendment rights.”

    The National Rifle Association is also unhappy with the bills, claiming that “banning many popular semiautomatic firearms currently legal under California law” will do “nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”

    365,880k Signatured Needed to Veto “Gunmaggedon”

    If enough signatures are gathered, and they must have the signatures by the end of next month, they will put gun rights in the center of the presidential election.

    And if they win at the ballot box, they will overturn the nation’s newest and most far-reaching gun control laws and negate a somewhat redundant set of gun control measures already set for a referendum even though the laws they provide for are largely in effect.

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