AB1964: Assemblyman Dickinson Lies About Guns & Safety
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014 AT 4:00AM
I've talked before about how we have a list of "approved handguns" here in CA. These handguns aren't any safer but the DOJ has deemed them appropriate after shaking down the manufactures for some money. Ultimately this list isn't at all about safety, rather limiting which handguns can be purchased here. As that list has been cut off for new models through the microstamping legislation, Californians are getting creative.
One of the ways around this list was through an exemption written into the law for single shot handguns. Most of the time people think of single shot handguns as some strange caliber or something that is strictly used in competitive shooting. The law also defines single shot handguns as those that were once semi autos but have been converted through a magazine plug or other device.
Much like the bullet buttons found on AR15s the good people of California went to their local gun store and sought out handguns that weren't on the list and had them "converted" to single shot before they were purchased. The gun stores would do so and sell them as single shot versions. Then, once the handguns were purchased, the gun store would make the modifications to turn the handguns back in to fully functioning state. All in compliance of the law (Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer, nor do I pretend to be one on this blog), although the conversation process could set you back an extra $50 or $100.
The liberal politicians would never own up to a flaw/mistaken written into their law, so they simply refer to folks using a loophole. Make no mistake, this is not a loophole; this is an example of people abiding by the law and working under the choking unconstitutional gun laws that plague this state. The liberals have realized their flaw that they wrote into this law and are now working to pass a bill modify the definition of a single shot handgun.
According to AB 1964, single shot pistols would now need to be either a breach action or a bolt action gun. This bill is sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson who said the following about this bill:
By limiting the guns available for sale we can further protect our families and our communities from gun violence.
WTF. Dickinson is clearly missing the mark on this one, and telling a huge lie to the public. The folks that are going to be hurt by his bill aren't criminals; it is the law abiding people of California who will be punished. Limiting gun models available to CA residents does not limit crime. This is the same tired lie told by liberals for years: trade your freedom for safety. This bill won't make anyone's family safer, or make communities better places to live.
AB1964 passed in committee and will go through a long and boring legislative process. Ultimately, I don't think this bill will become law, and if it does it is more fuel for the NRA and other pro gun groups to sue the state. I'll keep you posted on the progress of AB 1964, but in the meantime say vigilant and contact your local legislature.