The California State Legislature approved a bill this week that would disarm all hate crime offenders for a period of 10 years, including those with misdemeanor convictions.
The Disarm Hate Act, AB 785, cleared both chambers with unanimous support. It’ll now head to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature.
“There are too many examples in our country’s recent history, which show what a firearm can do in the hands of people who practice hate,” said Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr., the author of AB 785 in a press release.
“The recent incident in Charlottesville, where heavily armed Neo-Nazis, Klansmen and white supremacists, spewing hatred and inciting violence under the guise of protecting free speech and the right to bear arms, is not what the founding fathers of this great nation were protecting when they drafted our Constitution,” continued Jones-Sawyer, Sr.
This bill mirrors a similar one introduced in New York earlier this year. We asked Alan Gottlieb, executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, his thoughts on that NY bill and he brought up a good point about its redundancy.
“If a Hate Crime is serious or violent, laws already on the books would prohibit the offender from owning a firearm,” said Alan Gottlieb in an email to GunsAmerica.
“Liberal anti-gun fanatics want to make everything they don’t agree with a hate crime. Some even want to make owning a firearm a hate crime,” Gottlieb added.
Same holds true for AB 785. It’s creating a slippery-slope for civilian disarmament.