Californians looking to stock up on shooting supplies only have four months left to purchase guns and ammo under current law before the multi-bill gun control package dubbed “Gunmageddon” goes into effect. At the same time gun control opposition is hard at work to repeal the new laws through state-level referendum taking place this November.
The primary opposition group, Veto Gunmageddon, is lead by Barry, the CEO of Commercial Network Services, who first filed paperwork to create referenda petitions that would overturn the recently-passed legislation
“Veto Gunmageddon is a group of volunteers dedicated to overturning the recent draconian gun laws passed by the California legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown,” said Bahrami. “We are gun owners from all over California who watched with disbelief as the California Legislature bypassed normal procedure to pass strict and clearly unconstitutional gun laws.”
“We have come together and formed “Veto Gunmageddon, Citizens of California who are Opposed to Proposition 63, Assembly Bills 1135, 1511, 1695, 857 and Senate Bills 880, 1235 and 1446.”
The bills change California’s definition of “assault weapons” to include previously-exempt rifles with a detachable magazine, even if the magazine is locked to the rifle via “bullet button.” These guns must be registered and may never be transferred, even between friends and family. Registered “assault weapons” may not even be bequeathed to others in California if the owner wills it.
The package bans the ownership of magazine parts capable of being built into mags that have a greater than 10-round capacity, and requires that they be confiscated or destroyed. Other parts of the package place background checks on ammunition purchases and require online purchases of ammo to transfer through licensed vendors. The package even limits the number of guns a person can purchase.
Another anti-“Gunpocalypse” group, the Gun Owners of the San Fernando Valley, has detailed a description of each part of the gun control package. “Not one of these will make a single Californian any safer,” explained the GOSFV. “All will make us less free.”
Like the GOSFV, Veto Gunmageddon has been quick to point out that the previous “assault weapons” ban passed had no effect on crime and only served to criminalize gun owners, and that this new “assault weapons” ban will make it even harder to be a gun owner in California.
The petitioning group has set up polling stations across California for voters to sign the petition that would prevent the laws from going into effect.
“These laws are completely insane to almost anyone with a real knowledge of firearms, and I did not think Gov. Brown would sign them,” Bahrami told FoxNews.com. “Many California gun owners are still unaware they will be criminals soon.”
“It comes down to this: get enough signatures on paper from registered voters in an insanely short period of time and the law will go on the ballot for voters to decide,” said Bahrami. “It is a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and majority wins. To my knowledge, the option has never been exercised to this scale before … I had to get the ball rolling.”
These laws will restrict and criminalize current and future gun owners. Guns and gun parts will have to be registered, sold out-of-state or destroyed if the petitions don’t succeed. Between Gunmageddon and the expiration of non-microstamping handguns from California’s approved handgun roster, the future of gun ownership in California looks grim.