California’s SB 1160: Annual Gun Registration or Face $1,000+ Fines

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Steven from USCCA did a great job in the video above breaking down a new bill introduced to the California legislature, dubbed SB 1160.

Anti-gun State Sen. Anthony J. Portantino is the man behind it. It’s about as draconian as one can imagine, which is par for the course in Commiefornia.

SB 1160 requires all guns in California to be registered annually. If you’re a gun owner, this means re-registering your firearm every year with the state. Fail to do so, and you’re looking at a $1,000 fine per unregistered firearm!

But here’s the kicker: the federal government, under 18 USC Code Section 926, actually prohibits gun registration. So, this proposed bill is skating on thin constitutional ice.

As mentioned, this registration isn’t just a one-off thing; it’s an ongoing, constantly updated database of gun ownership.

Portantino is clear: this is gun registration, despite his attempts to sidestep federal prohibitions. The implications? At the very least a massive administrative burden and, as Steve from USCCA laid out, a step towards gun confiscation.

“SB 1160 will give the state better data and help us understand how many firearms are in private hands and who owns them,” stated Senator Portantino in a press release dated Feb. 14.

“Currently, we only have rough estimates on how many firearms are in California. This important step toward registration will also increase accountability and responsible gun ownership as we collectively endeavor to increase public safety,” he continued.

SB 1160 would require annual registration of every firearm in California. (Photo: Portantino)

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Think about the practical side for a moment. For someone with a sizable gun collection, this annual registration could become a real headache, not to mention the fees, which are yet to be determined by the California Department of Justice. And, of course, the government exempts itself from this process.

Interestingly, law enforcement officers aren’t completely off the hook. If they own personal firearms, they too would need to comply with this yearly ritual.

But, will this bill actually become law? In California, it probably will, according to Steve. Gov. Newsom is likely to sign off on it, but expect immediate legal challenges. The bill is slated to take effect in July 2025, so there’s a bit of a waiting game ahead.

Portantino, despite his extensive work in the film industry rather than in firearms expertise, is pushing forward with this legislation.

His track record with gun laws hasn’t been the most successful, often crafting bills that are ripe for legal challenges. Yet, his persistence in the realm of gun control is not to be underestimated.

So, whether you’re in California or not, SB 1160 is a bill to watch. It’s indicative of the kinds of legislation that might start popping up elsewhere in the country, especially in Blue states.

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  • Clint W. February 24, 2024, 9:09 am

    All bills of this type, from every town, state, or the feds, that ultimately are found un-Constitutional, are really a death by a thousand cuts scenario. These people will keep hounding the gun owner and the 2A, until the US citizen has morphed into a commie lemming after years of schools and colleges forcing left wing only views of everything on the children, who will then grow up teaching their kids the same drivel. But it is not only the 2A that will suffer, at some point, there will be a solid liberal SCOTUS, and in the future, they will eventually win what they want on everything freedom killing law. But, they will have also changed everything that gave the reason for the US to be created, leaving a socialist/communist/centralized planning empire that will tell you exactly what you are going to do, or be re-educated or imprisoned if you resist .

  • MM in Havasu February 23, 2024, 4:07 pm

    We punched out of Commiefornya 10 years ago, not looking back.
    The sheer idiocy level that has a death grip on state legislators there is beyond appalling, and is insane at best. The sad part is that people keep voting jackwagons like this Portantino dipstick into office.

  • Beckaroo February 23, 2024, 12:23 pm

    It’s certainly unconstitutional and they know it but since they don’t agree with the constitution they feel like they can ignore it.

    Certainly a problem for people behind the iron curtain but it’s almost guaranteed to end up in front of the supreme court who will be forced to drop even more detailed rulings that over rule it. At some point these rogue communist states will be forced to obey which ultimately is a good thing for gun owners and the second amendment.

  • Mike O'Conner February 23, 2024, 9:02 am

    Just another step to remove the 2nd amendment and civil war. It’s happening all over the country while the FED’s and BLUE states invite illegal people into our country while providing them with health care, free rent, food and so forth. See where this is going. It will not be pretty.

  • bobsyouruncle February 23, 2024, 8:48 am

    How else can the ccp take over unopposed

  • troop Emonds February 23, 2024, 8:14 am

    Yeah right, I’m a typical law abiding gun nut that happens to own 100 guns purchased as art and function pieces of beauty. You want me to bring all of them to task and buy a permit registration license for each gun, EACH YEAR? How about spending your time and resources getting all criminal, medical, social misfits, drug users, robo callers who pester us, illegals, and democrats to be put on the NICS list and then simply enforce checking them out when they try to buy a gun and get flagged. Go get them and simply bring back tar and feathering them.

    Come on seal the border, get all the homeless people and bring them to a remote place in Death Valley and dry them out away from drugs and get them back to basics, graving water and good food for work. Improve the ills not create criminals who are just never going to and register their guns. Americans have a right to exercise their personal 2nd Amendment rights. Also, those of us who got drafted and sent off to a war took an oath to defend the Constitution, and fight all enemies, foreign and domestic. Sounds like those who infringe on the Second Amendment are in fact enemies. When I got discharged I don’t remember them saying my blood oath to defend my country against all enemies foreign and domestic has been recinded. Sounds like new laws about infringing on the 2nd Amendment are a more important enemy to focus on rather than all the Asians I had to fight. I mean I didn’t have anything against the Vietnam people. Hell I liked them a hell of a lot more than these wackos in America that want be nazzi/commie extreamists in America,

    • Frank February 26, 2024, 11:41 am

      You’re exactly right, Sir. Your oath came with no expiration date, and neither did mine. The marxists are playing the long game, though… knowing that folks like you and me won’t live forever. With nearly 50% of the country already imbibing the foolade, the future looks kind of bleak. So long as our kind draw breath however, let our motto be “Not on MY Watch”!

  • LJ February 23, 2024, 7:37 am

    Welcome to the ‘Republic Of Kalifornistan’. And to think Grabem Newson could end up running this once great country soon. Lord help us …

  • paul I'll call you what I want/1st Amendment February 20, 2024, 5:40 pm

    it violates the constitution so don’t comply!

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