Right To Keep And Bear Arms
California Legislators are rushing to add new bills restricting gun rights
Millions of Common Firearms could be Banned by Three Pending New Bills! Politicians are wasting no time seeking media attention by introducing ill-conceived gun bans that would ban millions of commonly owned firearms. On Thursday, January 14, 2016, anti-gun bills, Assembly Bill 1663 and Assembly Bill 1664 were introduced in the state Assembly. Not to be outdone by the Assembly, State Senators Isadore Hall and Steve Glazer introduced a similar bill, Senate Bill 880, on Friday, January 15, 2016 in the state Senate. SB 880 does roughly the same thing as AB 1663 and AB 1664, by redefining the current definition of "assault weapon" to include firearms that are affixed with a "bullet button." By redefining and expanding the meaning of the legal term "assault weapon," these bills would dramatically expand the already byzantine legal definition of "assault weapon" and would ban millions of conventional firearms used by hunters, target shooters, boy and girl scouts, and men and women who choose to own a firearm to defend themselves and their families. In almost all instances, any one of these bills would require those who possess firearms equipped with a "bullet button" to register the firearm as an "assault weapons" or face confiscation, arrest, prosecution, and jail. In almost all situations, gun owners would never be able to sell their firearms or pass them on as an inheritance. Under each of these bills, the process of registering the firearm will require the owner to pay a fee and provide the following information to the state:
Contact information can be found below.
Assemblymember David Chiu (D-17)
Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-10)
Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-19)
Senator Isadore Hall, III (D-35)
Senator Steve Glazer (D-7)
Phone: (916) 651-4007
Steve Glazer will be holding a town hall meeting on Feb. 3 in Lafayette and on Feb. 11 in Moraga and March 5 in Walnut Creek.
Interested parties should attend such meetings and attempt to influence Steve Glazer to recognize the reality of the situation.
For details of the time and locations of the meetings call (925) 942-6082
I attended the meeting. Glazier spoke and among other topics one was the "Bullet Button".
Glazier said that the bullet button allowed people to change the clips in the AR-15.
It is not a clip it is a magazine. This shows that Glazer knows very little about guns.
A gentleman in the audience commented that crime was at a low point while the number of guns in civilian hands was at a high point and also that people were talking about gun violence but no one was talking about knife violence or baseball bat violence.
He spoke also saying that home invasions were 800 per 100,000 population. This bit of information lacks a time period in which these home invasions occur. Is it 800/100,000 per day, per year or per decade as this makes a diference.
To put this in perspective a CDC study pegs defensive gun uses at 1.5 million per year.
For the purpose of this discussion let us assume that the gentleman's figures of 800 home invasions per 100,000 population is correct and also assume that the time period is one year.
Let us take as the population of the US to be 320,000,000.
320,000,000/100,000 = 3,200
3,200 * 800 = 2,560,000 home invasions per year or 7000 per day.
Defensive gun uses are 1,500,000 per year or about 4000 per day.
Glazer in his speach was mentioning the Umpqua Oregon and San Bernardino shootings where the attackers were using AR-15's. How often does something like this happen? Some say twice a day
Two per day vs. 7000 per day for home invasions. Suppose a home owner wants to use his AR-15 to defend against a home invasion where four thugs with guns break down his door. He has 10 rounds only if Steve Galzer gets his way.
How does this make sense?
Steve Glazer should take into consideration some other facts. With a population of 320M about 1/4 of those are children or people not yet of the voting age so the electorate is 240M.
It has been reported that there are 160M gun owners but that is an old figure and in 2015 there were 23.1M National Instant Criminal Background Checks (NICS) to buy guns, a proxy for gun sales so the figure of 160M may be smaller that actual. What this means is that in the electorate there are 2 gun owners for every non gun owner.
After Bill Clinton in 1994 signed into law the Assault Weapons ban in the following election a lot of Democrats were relieved from their duties in Congress and Clinton went on record as saying that voting for the assault weapons ban was responsible for this.