Doubling Down on Stupid

One needn’t be a “gun nut” to know that firearms purchased legally in the US just aren’t a a source for the illegal guns used in Mexico’s drug wars. But that fact isn’t going to get in the way of the L.A. City Council. The countil has decided to support a proposed state gun law to retain long gun purchase records. The bill, AB809, by former L.A. City Councilman Mike Feuer, would mandate the retention of sales records for rifles and shotguns. (In the same manner that handgun purchase records are now kept.) Gunrunning is cited as an example of why this law is “needed”…

“We need to be cognizant of the fact that one-third of the crime guns in California are long guns,” Feuer told council members, who met in Van Nuys. “What this will do is provide law enforcement with an important tool to engage in the tracing of illegal weapons trafficking.”

Of course, readers of this blog know that the new law really isn’t going to have any impact upon illegal guns in Mexico unless it specifically targets employees of the ATF. I suspect that Assemblyman Feuer already knows this.

The true purpose of the law is to create a de facto registry of long guns in the State of California. Under current State law, firearms, with the exception of “assault weapons”, are not registered in California. But since a handgun dealer record of sale (DROS) is not destroyed after 5 days, as long gun records currently are, a de facto handgun registry exists here. The gun-grabbers in Sacramento already know that compliance with the “assault weapon” registration law is appallingly low. Gun owners already know from the experience of others that registration equals confiscation. And the gun-grabbers in Sacramento would dearly love to register handguns here. So how did Sacramento fix this “problem”? By creating a registry without calling it a registry. Sure, it doesn’t have records of purchases before the law went into effect, but better half a loaf than none. Now the politicians propose to do the same thing with long guns; create a registry that isn’t a registry.

Keep up to date on AB 809 by checking the website. Information on AB 809 can be found here.