The Second Amendment remains under threat by Sacramento

The Second Amendment remains under threat by Sacramento

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, right. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) A day before California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, his office disposed of an embarrassing matter. Becerra’s Department of Justice filed a signed settlement agreement in federal court in Sacramento that requires the immediate suspension of all investigations and prosecutions, statewide, of people suspected or accused of failing to register their “assault weapons,” because the department’s online registration system was another state government technology train wreck. California has regulated the purchase and possession of firearms defined as “assault weapons” since the 1989 Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act. The definition has been expanded through the years, and it encompasses commonly owned firearms. In 2016, state lawmakers widened the definition to include semi-automatic firearms with a magazine locking device. This device is commonly referred to as a “bullet button.” It slows down the normal magazine release function by requiring the user to engage the release mechanism using a tool or an object such as the tip of a bullet. Once a firearm is designated as an “assault weapon,” California imposes criminal liability on otherwise law-abiding citizens who possess, transport or use these firearms. However, people who already owned them are “grandfathered” as long as they register the “assault weapons” with the state by a legal deadline. The 2016 law that was Assembly Bill 1135 and Senate Bill 880 set a June 30, 2018, deadline for registration of “bullet button” firearms. It also directed […]

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