A California lawmaker wants to expand the state’s one-gun-a-month rule to include long guns, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge) wants to prohibit California residents from buying more than one long gun in a 30-day period, a purchase limit that currently exists for handguns.
“This is not the Wild West,” he said. “California’s in the 21st century, and you shouldn’t be able to walk into a gun store and come out with an arsenal.”
Portantino said that there is no reason that one would need to buy more than one long gun in a month’s time.
“[The bill] is basically just saying, ‘People, be reasonable, take a timeout.’ We should not have such a proliferation of weapons out in main street California,” Portantino said.
The democratic lawmaker pointed to straw purchasers as one of the main targets of the legislation. Citing data from the California Department of Justice, he said that one person bought 177 long guns in two transactions during a one-month period in 2014.
He further noted that approximately half the guns seized by the state DOJ from prohibited persons are long guns.
Yet, Sam Paredes, the executive director of Gun Owners of California, disagreed with the premise that restricting long gun purchasers would stop straw purchasers.
“This does not prevent straw purchasers from breaking the law,” Paredes told the LA Times. “They are only passing laws that affect law-abiding citizens. This doesn’t affect criminals.”
Indeed. This law really targets California gun shops and the law-abiding hobbyists, collectors, and sportsmen who buy multiple long guns in a month. It’s a way to further chill their Second Amendment rights and kill what’s left of firearm commerce in the Golden State. By limiting the number of potential sales, it’s going to be harder and harder for local gun stores to keep the lights on.
Moreover, Portantino’s remark that nobody “needs to buy more than one long gun in a month” illustrates the type of socialistic bootlicker he really is. In a Constitutional Republic the government doesn’t get to gut fundamental rights on its evaluation of what people “need.” That’s the socialist or communist way of doing things. Here, in America, people are free to exercise their basic rights and freedoms in the manner they see fit.
Can you imagine a bill that would prevent journalists from publishing more than one story each month on the grounds that nobody needs to express themselves that often? Or a bill that prohibited one from attending church weekly because nobody needs to pray more than once in a 30-day period? Heck no!
Hopefully, Portantino proposal dies in the Legislature. Unlikely, because this is California we’re talking about. We’ll keep you updated.