Just when you thought the California state legislature couldn’t get any more draconian, they go and do something like this. Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Monday another series of gun control measures aimed at restricting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Golden State residents.
The most restrictive of the bills requires law enforcement officers and concealed weapon permit holders who leave firearms in their cars to lock them in a safe box or in the trunk. This means, essentially, that when a concealed permit holder plans to travel to a “gun-free zone,” that individual will be required to lock their gun in a less accessible location before leaving their car. The same applies to a police officer who leaves their car to perform an investigation.
Citing a number of incidents in which stolen guns were used to commit crimes, the bill’s sponsor, Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) said in a statement: “This is a matter of basic public safety and common sense. My bill would ensure that the requirements for safe gun storage in vehicles are the same for everyone in California – law enforcement officers and civilians.”
It’s unclear how much “common sense” went into a law that keeps police officers from accessing their firearms, but Hill didn’t deign to address that objection.
Another bill would speed up the process of seizing guns from felons who are disqualified from owning firearms. The new law requires the California Department of Justice to review each case within seven days of discovering a felon who possesses a gun.
Yet another bill would centralize the concealed carry permit process by creating a uniform license to carry. Current licenses differ from county to county, but soon all permits will look the same.
The previous raft of bills Brown signed earlier this year included a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, a prohibition on the sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines and a requirement that people purchasing ammunition undergo background checks.
Admittedly, the current round of gun control is less harsh (one bill allows law enforcement officers to buy and purchase guns deemed “unsafe” for untrained residents), and Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed local law enforcement officials to charge as much as they want for concealed carry permits.
But the willingness of state lawmakers to meddle in the Second Amendment rights of California residents demonstrates once again their disregard for the individual right to keep and bear arms. And unless gun rights proponents stay vigilant, the rest of the nation may soon follow suit.