Skip to comments.California Attorney General to Feds: No Handguns For You
Posted on 07/31/2013 10:59:25 AM PDT by marktwain
Apparently, Attorney General (AG) Kamala Harris has changed California State Department of Justice policy and is now limiting federal law enforcement agents ability to acquire handguns. The AG says the feds can only buy firearms listed on the Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale (like the rest of us).
Understandably, federal law enforcement officers arent happy about it. Welcome feds, to the California disarmament festival.
California law restricts the types of handguns people can acquire through licensed firearm dealers (PC 32000). As backwards as it sounds, before most Californians can acquire a handgun, that firearm must not be considered unsafe. To not be considered unsafe, handguns must pass performance tests and have certain features that (in theory only) make the firearms allegedly safer (PC 31910). Most problematic for the California public is the recent development that before any semiautomatic pistol can be added to the Roster of guns approved for sale they must be equipped with microstamping technology (PC 31910(b)(7)). Starting a couple months ago, this easily circumvented engraving technology is now required on new semiautomatic pistols before they can be added to the approved roster (pistols submitted for safety testing when microstamping was certified, on May 17, 2013, can still be added to the Roster).
California citizens are just as frustrated as federal law enforcement officers with the situation. When the roster of available pistols they can purchase dwindles down to a limited few because manufacturers are refusing to implement microstamping federal law enforcements objections will grow louder. And if pending legislation (SB 293) concerning smart guns passes and is signed by the Governor, federal law enforcement will also be forced to choose from an even more limited number of models just like civilians.
Forgive us mere civilians if we arent completely sympathetic to the plight of the feds.
The Feds predicament stems from a recent (and correct) change in the Attorney Generals interpretation of existing California law. While California law restricts the sale of unsafe handguns by dealers, there are some exceptions to the restriction. The exception used by most law enforcement agencies and officers, and the one used until recently by federal law enforcement officers, was the following:
The sale or purchase of any pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person, if the pistol, revolver, or other firearm is sold to, or purchased by, the Department of Justice, any police department, any sheriffs official, any marshals office, the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency, the California Highway Patrol, any district attorneys office, or the military or naval forces of this state or of the United States for use in the discharge of their official duties. Nor shall anything in this section prohibit the sale to, or purchase by, sworn members of these agencies of any pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed upon the person.
Pen. Code, § 32000(b)(4)
You might notice, as did the Californias Attorney General, that federal law enforcement officers are not mentioned in this exception! The Department of Justice referred to in this section is the California Department of Justice, not a federal agency. So the AGs analysis is correct: federal law enforcement is not exempt from the unsafe handgun restriction.
Welcome to the party guys! Dont drop your soap.
Hey, maybe the feds can try to take advantage of a number of other exceptions to unsafe handgun sales restriction.The private party exception (PC 32110(a)) allows unsafe handguns to be transferred between two individuals who reside in California. That works sometimes. In fact, maybe federal law enforcement officers can convince their friends in the Sacramento Sheriffs Office or Los Angeles Police Department to purchase firearms on their behalf, as a few officers from those agencies have been doing. But oops, turns out thats illegal. (See the following links concerning the federal criminal case filed against members of the Sacramento Sheriffs Department, and articles concerning the LAPD illegal transfers).
Okay, if that wont work maybe the federal officers can take advantage of the single shot pistol exception (PC 32100). Some civilians have tried this, by finding a single shot version of unsafe handguns they want to acquire, then modifying it after purchase. This voids the warranty, but we do suggest that feds buy these before the legislature closes this exception as well (AB 169 is currently in the appropriations suspense file but may be brought back at any time).
No doubt this screwing of federal agents will be fixed by the legislature when and if federal law enforcement agencies find a state politician with a compassionate ear. Despite the laws potential change, the question remains: why is law enforcement allowed special privileges to acquire firearms to defend themselves and their families when the general public cant acquire the same firearms? We are all at risk. So why limit anyones right to access the best tools to defend themselves and their families? Why the double-standard?
Barring those few exceptions we, the self-defense civil rights activists of California, welcome federal law enforcement officers to the State of California disarmament festival. We thank them for their service. We look forward to them joining us in the limited exercise of our Second Amendment rights, or fighting for its expansion
for all of us!
I think she’s from that infamous sanctuary state of San Francisco just like the former mayor is now Lt. Gov. Is there anyway Cal can increase the amount of caca we are already in?
The feds will simply claim federal supremacy and bring in guns from other states.
“Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry” -Thomas Jefferson
ALL law enforcement should be required to follow ALL crazy gun laws.
Other states should do this to federal agents, as well.
IRS, etc. need to be disarmed.
ALL law enforcement should be required to follow ALL crazy laws. All the crazy laws us peons have to.
That’s my guess too, but if they live in CA they physically have to go outside of CA to get them.
Good. what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
This clearly violates the 2nd amendment and the commerce clause.
“Why doesn’t someone in CA challenge the law in Federal court?”
This would be someone who has half a million dollars to spend?
Sounds reasonable considering enforcement of federal laws is old school way of thinking; “we new school now”
Cut off all federal spending to the state. Today.
That will work for Government Issue duty side arms only.
This article deals with personal firearms.
NRA and GOA should be able to provide defense council.
Have to admit, I’d be for getting rid of all guns. Feds and Cops start first, of course..
It’s not like they can just jump on a government owned jet and fly to Las Vegas and buy them with a government credit card. Oh, wait, yes it is.