In an effort to “increase transparency in gun sales,” California Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) introduced a bill last week — AB 2459 — that would ban residential gun sales, require all gun sales be recorded on video, mandate gun dealers to hold insurance and empower the Attorney General to enforce these proposed laws.
“As a local elected official, I authored successful measures to crack down on illegal gun and ammunition sales,” stated Assemblymember McCarty in a press release. “As a State Assemblymember, I am proud to author AB 2459, which I believe will have a strong impact statewide in the effort to keep guns out of the wrong hands.”
McCarty’s bill has the support of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a pro-gun control organization based out of San Francisco.
“Firearms dealers are subject to very little federal oversight and are a major source of trafficked guns,” stated Juliet Leftwich, the LCPGV legal director.
“This bill will help ensure that firearms dealers in California operate responsibly by requiring them to videotape all gun sales, obtain liability insurance and conduct business from a commercial storefront,” she continued.
“We have worked with cities and counties throughout the state on similar laws for decades and applaud Assemblymember McCarty for his leadership in bringing this important measure to the Legislature,” concluded Leftwich.
One will recall that last year San Francisco instated a law requiring all gun stores within the city’s limits to videotape gun sales and turn the footage over to the police within a week of the sale along with the names, addresses and birth dates of the buyers.
This legislation is what pushed San Francisco’s last remaining gun store, Highbridge Arms, out of the city. The owner of the store refused to comply with this Big Brother harassment of law-abiding gun owners.
“The element we’re concerned with, they don’t shop here. They don’t,” said the store’s owner, Steve Alcairo. “I mean you’re going to get video surveillance of people who are coming in here legally buying stuff with their identification, criminals are not doing that.”
Now, McCarty and his cohorts want to take this insanity statewide. The question is why? Why does the government of California want to burden gun dealers with liability insurance fees, ban them from selling out of their homes or residential areas and force them to record the names and faces of every gun buyer who comes into their store?