Trio of Anti-Gun Bills Advance in California Legislature

California Gov. Gavin Newsom will almost certainly sign any anti-gun bill that makes it through the legislature. (Photo: Gavin Newsom Facebook)

It’s hard to believe that there are gun-control policies California hasn’t passed, but every year, the Golden State legislature does the unbelievable.

This year, they’re going after the gun industry rather than just lawful gun owners. A trio of bills is advancing through the legislature, two of which set up gun makers for expensive and potentially devastating legal battles.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the gun industry trade association, told GunsAmerica that they’re fighting the legislation, but it’s difficult to overcome the supermajority of anti-gun legislators in both the Assembly and the Senate.

AB 1594 has received the lion’s share of attention. This bill would create a “firearm industry standard of conduct,” which would require “firearm industry members” to establish “reasonable controls” and take “reasonable precautions” to ensure that a downstream distributor or retailor enforces “reasonable controls” on firearm sales.

The bill would further prohibit firearm industry members from making or selling “firearm-related” products that are “abnormally dangerous and likely to create an unreasonable risk of harm to public health.”

If a gun maker, distributor, or other “firearm industry member” breaks this standard of conduct, a private citizen who has “suffered harm” from that failure could sue that company for any damages the court deems appropriate.

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The bill wouldn’t just affect gun companies in California, either. Any company that sells a firearm, ammunition, a firearm precursor part, a firearm component, or a firearm accessory that could “reasonably” be foreseen to be sold in California would be liable.

The legislation, in other words, would effectively ban out-of-state gun companies from selling any kind of firearm-related product in the state.

The bill is written so broadly that “almost anyone could bring civil action against the firearm industry,” a spokesperson for the California Rifle and Pistol Association told KCRA. “It is an attack on the lawful commerce of firearms with an intent to limit the availability of firearms.”

Another bill making its way through the legislature would ban gun companies from marketing their products in any way that is “attractive to minors.”

“Firearms marketing contributes to the unlawful sale of firearms to minors, as well as the unlawful transfer of firearms to minors by adults who may possess those weapons lawfully,” states AB 2571. Therefore, any organization that publishes material directed to minors in any medium would be prohibited from marketing or advertising any firearm, ammunition, or (strangely) reloaded ammunition.

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To determine whether an advertisement is “attractive” to minors, a court can consider virtually any aspect of that material. However, the bill has a few suggestions: “uses cartoon characters,” “offers brand name merchandise… for minors,” and “offers firearms or firearms accessories with colors or designs that are specifically designed to appeal to minors.”

If a person or organization is found to be in violation of this law, they can be fined up to $25,000 for each individual advertisement—even if that advertisement is a duplicate of another.

The final bill being tracked by gun-rights group, AB 1621, targets “ghost guns” by blocking the sale of unfinished gun parts until President Joe Biden’s new ghost gun ban takes effect. It would further ban anyone from manufacturing or assembling an unserialized firearm by doing away with the ability of a private gun maker to apply to the California DOJ for a serial number.

All three bills passed their initial committee votes.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Hondo April 23, 2022, 6:59 pm

    The slimy Gov. of Kalifornia is a pedophile , dude is creepy as fuck.

  • Jake April 22, 2022, 11:52 am

    Buzz, I believe the people of California are ripped off with every election being stolen. They have literally millions of dead people on the voter rolls. The 2020 fraud has brought to light disturbing evidence that Democrats are no more than 35% of the electorate and all their wins are a result of their having taken over the election process and defrauding the people every two years in many jurisdictions.
    ALL manufacturers should do what Ronnie Barrett did. Tell states like California that if they take away the rights of their people, his company will not sell to the state and refuses to repair any of his products they currently own.

  • Fred April 22, 2022, 10:54 am

    Maybe the red states could pass a law that would allow people to sue California if any of its residents commit crimes in their state.

  • SGT-ADA April 22, 2022, 10:38 am

    All firearm related companies need to leave, all firearm makers need to ban the sale of their products (including to any governmental agency) as well as recalling all existing firearms, and all ammunition makers/suppliers should do likewise. When the cops leave after the gangs take over, maybe the citizens of the Peoples State of Kalifornia will finally wake up, kick out all the woke people, and take their state back.

  • buzz April 22, 2022, 7:47 am

    california is loosing all of there rights even your first amn; your taxes are out of sight and you just sit there like you like getting screwed by the communseest no f ighing in your bones this state is not for me dont like being told what to do and when to do it you all are dumb freedomless sheep YOU DESERVE WHAT YOU GET STAY THEIR WE , DONT DO LIBTURDS HERE. YOUR CRIMES IS BECUSE YOU CANT CARRY A GUN ALMOST ALL CRIME ARE IN BLUE STATES ITS A FACT SO I GUESS YOU LIBS WANT MORE CRIME THERE. JUST STAY THERE GOOD LUCK OLD GAVIN KICKIN YOUR DUMB ASS LIBS FIGHT OUR DIe or camp fema its what you voted for sheep dumb

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