Skip to comments.California Democrat proposes mandatory gun registration
Posted on 04/07/2010 12:29:14 PM PDT by neverdem
A California Democrat is proposing a new law requiring residents to register their shotguns and rifles or go to jail, CBSNews.com has learned.
Assemblyman Mike Feuer, whose district includes Beverly Hill and West Hollywood, this week introduced legislation ordering law enforcement to "permanently keep" records of anyone who buys a gun from a dealer or an individual. California already stores information about handgun purchases.
Feuer is no friend of firearms owners: his previous legislative effort, which Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law, required all new handguns to include "microstamping" technology that can imprint serial numbers on spent ammunition casings. As a Los Angeles city councilman, Feuer proposed limiting city residents to one gun a month.
Feuer spokeswoman Arianna Smith declined to answer questions about the bill on Tuesday afternoon, saying the staff member involved was in a meeting and not immediately available.
The proposal comes as the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a landmark civil rights case, McDonald v. Chicago, which will decide whether Second Amendment rights in the federal constitution trump state anti-gun laws. But California is proposing mandatory registration -- and not a flat ban, as Washington, D.C. once tried and the justices rejected -- and even legal scholars specializing in this area disagree about whether registration is constitutional.
"Even though the constitutionality of such a measure is a close call, it is a horrible public policy choice," says Gene Hoffman, chairman of the CalGuns Foundation. "Just as Canada is about to do away with their long gun registry after squandering $1 billion, California wishes to attack law abiding gun owners for firearms not used in crime."
A CBC News article last month reported that the Canadian parliament is backing away from the nation's gun registry, which was enacted in 1989 and has now come under fire by critics who call it a billion-dollar boondoggle.
Feuer's bill isn't exactly a surprise: He told the Brady Campaign, an anti-gun advocacy group, earlier this year that his forthcoming proposal would give law enforcement another tool to track down people in possession of illegal firearms. "This legislation will close a glaring loophole and ensure that all firearm records, not just handgun records, are maintained for law enforcement purposes," Ellen Boneparth, spokesperson for the California Brady Campaign Chapters, said in a statement at the time.
Feuer appears to have adopted an unusual approach to introducing his mandatory registration bill. He took an existing piece of criminal legislation, AB 1810, that dealt with graffiti and vandalism, and replaced it with a completely new version with the same bill number.
A hearing is scheduled for April 13 in Sacramento before the California State Assembly's Committee on Public Safety.
At the moment, a minority of states including New York, Maryland, California, New Jersey, and Massachusetts require mandatory registration for handguns. Others, like Pennsylvania, require sales of handguns to go through a dealer, who keeps records of the transaction.
No federal firearm registry exists, though some anti-gun types have pushed for one in the past. An unsuccessful 1995 bill, H.R. 169, would have imposed California-style registration of handguns nationwide through a "federal handgun registration system." Violations would have been punished by up to 12 years in prison. The author of the bill, Rep. Cardiss Collins, D-Illinois, told her colleagues(PDF) at the time that "I still believe the best way to control handguns is to ban them outright."
Talk about a pointless exercise in futility.
Come get them.
Life is so much easier when there’s no pesky Constitution, isn’t it?
A long time passed between the Intolerable Acts and Lexington and Concord. I'm willing to wait for the decision in McDonald v. Chicago. Then I want them to charge for registering an individual right. Remember the Poll Tax?
Did I miss a big crime spree where criminals ran around and held up banks with shotguns, or committed mass murder with a rifle?
Okay...let me see if I understand this.....the 2nd Amendment talks of the RIGHT to "bear arms".....the Health Care Bill now says we have a RIGHT to health care....so when will they make me REGISTER my BODY?
From recent history:
Why I Will Not Obey California's Gun Registration Edict by Brian Puckett
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined...The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
Leftists like Feuer know that armed Americans represent the greatest threat to the desired Marxist dictatorship. It’s both difficult and DANGEROUS to try to enslave the owners of 300 million weapons.
Yes, I'm sure our glorious LE will concentrate on raiding ghettos, barrios, tenements and gang hideouts looking for illegal arms. Yes....I'm sure of it. We don't have anything to fear, do we? We obey the law, don't we? Don't hold your effing breath Goverment.
What makes you think Republican Governor Schwarzenseizer won't sign this bill into law like he has done before?
Republican governors in California have long been friends to the anti-gun crowd.
It seems to me that the communists come in two colors: red and blue.
Well there was those two bank robbing dudes in SoCal a few years ago with approx. 1,600 rounds of 7.62x39mm rifle ammunition..and were using altered AK-47's..if I remember correctly.
The LEFT just hate guns...and will NEVER stop until they think they have taken them all out of the hands of American's.
He can only propose the bill. It takes a governor to sign it into law.
Guess who will be signing this one into law?
Seems to me that it was a conservative-supported governor who signed Feuer's last anti-gun bill into law.
Maybe conservatives should stop supporting LEFT-leaning candidates just so the GOP can win elections.
Only problem is....it costs $$$$ DUmmies! We have no money! Is there no end to stupidity in this state??? (yes, I know...it's rhetorical)