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Federal district court Judge Roger Benitez has issued a preliminary injunction stopping enforcement of Prop. 63‘s ban on the possession of standard capacity magazines. The judge found that irreparable will be done to law abiding California gun owners should the ban be allowed to go into effect pending litigation.

The Court does not lightly enjoin a state statute, even on a preliminary basis.
However, just as the Court is mindful that a majority of California voters approved
Proposition 63 and that the government has a legitimate interest in protecting the public
from gun violence, it is equally mindful that the Constitution is a shield from the tyranny
of the majority. Plaintiffs’ entitlements to enjoy Second Amendment rights and just
compensation are not eliminated simply because they possess “unpopular” magazines
holding more than 10 rounds.

If this injunction does not issue, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of
otherwise law-abiding citizens will have an untenable choice: become an outlaw or
dispossess one’s self of lawfully acquired property. That is a choice they should not have
to make. Not on this record.

Accordingly, with good cause appearing for the reasons stated in this opinion,
Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction is GRANTED.

Judge Benitez found that while the new law arguably fails the simple 2nd Amendment tests suggested by the Supreme Court in the Heller case, the law also likely fails the more lenient tests favored by the Ninth Circuit. The judge, who is based in San Diego, is bound to use the Ninth’s screwball tests; tests that seem like they were concocted to uphold whatever gun law comes before that court! But even under that low bar, the judge thinks that the State would fail to make its case.

The judge extensively examines the arguments presented by Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office. The DOJ presented over 3100 pages of “evidence” supporting the law, but most of it can be summed up by the Dothraki phrase Me nem nesa; “It is known”. The “evidence”, which the court was apparently supposed to accept without question, is mostly anecdote, news clippings, and position papers. There’s also a curious reliance upon Mother Jones as an authority. (Some of you will recall that I’ve cited Mother Jones in these pages. But, I did it in the sense of “Look, if even Mother Jones says that    (Fill in the blank)    isn’t true, then it isn’t true.”) We were all just supposed to “know” that Prop. 63 is vital to public safety and that an injunction was thus unjustified. (For you GoT fans, the judge was expected to play the part of the Dothraki girls telling Daenerys Targaryen that “it is known” that dragons don’t exist anymore while there were all in the same tent with three dragon embryos!)

One a side note for those of you keeping score: Prop. 63 was also intended to be one of the jewels in Gavin Newsom’s gubernatorial crown. The whole thing wasn’t so much about keeping Californians safe as it was about getting the slimey, used car salesman into the Governor’s mansion.

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I guess increasing firearms sales to record levels wasn’t enough for the anti-gun, wingnut left. Now they’ve done the same thing for ammo sales in California. One online retailer is reporting that sales in the L.A. metro area (The State’s largest market) are up nearly 400%. To quote one particularly well known individual, that’s YUGE! Sales elsewhere across the state are…

  • Los Angeles Metro Area – 395%
  • San Francisco Metro Area – 417%
  • San Diego Metro Area – 161%
  • Sacramento Metro Area – 449%
  • Anaheim Metro Area – 264%
  • San Jose Metro Area – 233%

Of course, we’ve warned the wingnut left about this sort of thing before. We’ve also joked that perhaps people like the Clintons, the Obamas, or Gavin Newsom have “gone long” on firearms in the market; but, you really do have to wonder if that’s really just a joke. Perhaps they really are heavily invested in the civilian arms market. How else can you explain the way they’ve pumped up sales?

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Today is your last day to register to vote in California. You can register online here. You’ve been reading about how awful Prop 63 is here and elsewhere for months now. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Even if Prop 63 wins at the polls, the NRA and other groups will fight it in the courts. They will do so on solid legal footing, but there is an undeniable influence that polls have on judges. A resounding victory for Gavin Newsom’s vanity proposition could provide a weak-kneed judge the cover he or she needs to ignore the Constitution and approve the law. If it squeaks by, that’s another story. Your vote matters whatever the outcome!

Don’t let the party elites (in either party!) demoralize you and keep you away from the polls. Register today and vote on November 8.

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When even police chiefs oppose a gun control measure, there’s something wrong with it.

Police chiefs and sheriffs are, by necessity, political animals. It goes with the job if they want to keep that job. Sheriffs are elected and answer to the People. If the voters of their counties support or oppose gun control, sheriffs can be counted on to reflect the views of their constituents. Police chiefs are another matter. They’re not elected; they’re appointed by mayors and approved by city councils. In much of California, that means that they’re serving at the pleasure of Democrat politicians. And that, in turn, means that they had better develop a healthy appetite for more and more gun laws. Thus, it says something when they push their plates away as they have with Prop 63.

The chiefs are narrowly focused on how Prop 63 will affect their officers, so if you were hoping that they had somehow gained even a minimal level of respect for the 2nd Amendment, you’ll be disappointed. But, their fears as to how Prop 63 will hurt law enforcement are mirrored by how it will hurt all Californians.

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Are you also reminded of the underpants gnomes when you listen to the anti-gun types? They both have equally nebulous business plans. For the anti-gun left, the plan is…

  • Phase 1: Pass laws.
  • Phase 2:         ?
  • Phase 3: No more guns!

The 2nd phase of the underpants gnomes’ plan is a complete mystery. There is no conceivable Phase 2 that could actually link “Collect underpants” to “Profit”. No one, not even Cartman, could tell us what Phase 2 could possibly be.

The 2nd phase of the anti-gun plan, however, is actually quite obvious: Gun owners cooperate and surrender their arms. What’s not clear is whether or not the average anti-gun leftist is aware that our cooperation is a necessary ingredient for the plan’s success. As we’ve mentioned before, Americans are remarkably uncooperative when it comes to obeying gun laws. Thus a plan that requires the active participation of its victims is not one with a promising future.

The “senior partners” in the movement are likely aware of the missing and unobtainable component of their plan. They probably know that the goal they claim to support cannot be achieved. In short, they’re lying to their followers about ridding the US of its guns. While they know that the movement is seeking the impossible, there’s real profit to be made. For them, that is. They raise money by tricking the rubes into thinking that there’s really a way to disarm the American people. Better still for them, their “investors” are people who reward intentions rather than results.

This November, Gavin Newsom is banking on that habit of rewarding intentions over results. His “Safety for All” initiative doesn’t actually have to win in November. Nor does it actually have to work if it does win. What matters to California Democrats is that “his heart’s in the right place” and that “he means well”. So when it comes to his 2018 gubernatorial bid, “Safety for All” is already paying dividends. Even if Prop 63 turns into an election day disaster, (i.e. turning out millions of screaming mad gun owners who flip the State for Donald Trump!) Gavin Newsom will still reap a tidy profit from his investment. So while his business plan isn’t anything close to the anti-gun business plan, Newsom does have a plausible Phase 2: “Trick them again”.

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From the NRA:


FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016

California: Anti-Gun Legislators Continue the Push Through Misguided Legislation

Anti-gun advocates are working overtime to ram their agenda to restrict the Second Amendment through the legislative process before they go on summer recess, which starts July 1 after floor session has adjourned. After passing 10 anti-gun bills through committee earlier this week, both the Senate Appropriations and the Assembly Public Safety committees have anti-gun legislation on their respective agendas.

On Tuesday, June 21, at 9:00 a.m., the Assembly Public Safety Committee in State Capitol room 126 will hear Assembly Bill 1511. This legislation appears to be self serving to Bloomberg and other anti-gun groups who have been pushing similar misguided measures in other states. California’s long-standing temporary loan provision to so-called “universal background checks” has been a thorn in their side as they have struggled to explain to other states, such as Nevada, why their proposals are more restrictive than what is currently allowed for in California. Rather than continue their struggle, the answer was simple, continue to erode the rights of Californians by making the temporary transfer laws even tighter and unworkable.

Assembly Bill 1511 would effectively end the long-standing practice of temporarily loaning a firearm for lawful purposes.  Under this legislation the ability to loan a firearm to anyone other than a family member, absent limited exceptions, would now be prohibited unless conducted through a dealer.  Gun control advocates are pushing legislation like AB 1511 under the guise that this will keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.  Criminals do not go to FFL’s to loan their firearms out to their friends.

Please contact the members of the Public Safety Committee by using our TAKE ACTION button below and urge them to OPPOSE AB 1511.

With just a one “work” day notice to their constituents, the Senate Appropriations Committee has decided to schedule five anti-gun bills to be heard on Monday, June 20, at 10:00 a.m., in the John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203). The bills have been scheduled as a “Special Order of Business” which seems to indicate that the bills will not follow the general process of being sent to the suspense file, which they are eligible for, and instead be sent immediately to the floor for consideration upon passage in an effort to continue to fast track the attack on your rights.

Please contact the members of the Appropriations Committee by using our TAKE ACTION button below and urge them to OPPOSE AB 1664, AB 1673, AB 1674, AB 1695, and AB 2607.  Please click here to read our previous alert with an explanation of all of these bills.

Don’t forget to forward this alert to your family, friends, fellow gun owners and sportsmen.


The California Democrat Party is determined to ram these bills through the Legislature. In part because they hate your guts. They also hate Gavin Newsom nearly as much as they hate you; so, some of this is intended to derail his goofball initiative and his gubernatorial aspirations. (It’s not that they disagree with his policy goals. They’re bent because he jumped the line. It’s “not his turn yet” to run for governor.) In all likelihood, these will be passed. However, your emails and phone calls are still extremely important. Gov. Brown has already vetoed versions of these bills. He’ll need your emails and phone calls on record to justify another round of veto letters.

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If there isn’t a West Hollywood Militia, there should be.

In the wake of the Islamofacist terror attack in Orlando, pro-gun artwork has been showing up around West Hollywood.

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Those murdered in Orlando were denied the ability to #ShootBack by the gun grabbers. FL law prohibits firearms in any establishment that serves alcohol; even if one has a concealed carry permit and isn’t drinking. The odds are that someone in that club that night had a CCW, but left their gun in the car. How many lives could have been saved by one person shooting back?

The LGBT community, like other minority groups before it, may finally be waking up to the fact that the police cannot be everywhere at all times. If minority groups, particularly ones who have been the subject of pogroms in the past, are to be protected from violence, they will have to be the ones seeing to their own protection. Anti-gun extremists like Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris are doing all they can to put these groups in danger.

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Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood and Taft Police Chief Ed Whiting made the following comments about Gavin Newsom’s “safety for all” initiative…

Both men would be responsible for enforcing the new laws in Kern County. Projected costs for statewide enforcement are at least $25 million per year. This money would presumable come from the State’s finite general fund.

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There’s two distinct ends to the dining spectrum when it comes to choosing what’s for dinner. There’s cafeteria style, where you pick and choose what you want. And then there’s homestyle. And by homestyle, I mean real homestyle; where Mom puts something on your plate and that’s what’s for dinner. There’s no picking and choosing with Mom.

When it comes to protecting civil rights, deciding which rights to protect is supposed to be a homestyle affair; no picking and choosing. And yet, California politicians seem to think that our rights ought to be served up a la carte, but with them picking and choosing which rights are important and which are not. As Dan Walters points out, this becomes a grave threat to civil liberties…

Those who, by word and deed, are out of sync with California’s deeply blue political ethos risk social ostracism.

Increasingly, however, the state’s dominant politicians want to subject dissenters to discrimination and legal harassment – even infringement of constitutional rights.

Smoke a cigarette, own a gun, cut a tree, pan for gold, question the “inconvenient truth” of human-caused global warming, utter an impolite joke or even drive a gasoline-powered car and you may run afoul of an ever-tightening web of laws and rules that punish your heresy – promulgated by political figures who talk constantly about their respect for civil rights.

What happened Thursday in the state Senate typifies the newfangled intolerance. It passed, largely along party lines, 11 new gun control bills whose sponsors, including Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, promised they would reduce “gun violence.

Walters, who’s largely supported California’s gun control laws in the past, could not help but notice that Senate Democrats could not offer up “a scintilla of objective evidence” that their newest gun laws would do anything to make Californians safer. In fact, these laws are little more than attempts by a few puffed up politicians to position themselves for higher political office.

But it isn’t just the civil liberties of gun owners being threatened by the CA Senate. The Judiciary Committee approved SB 1161, the “California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016”. This would give California prosecutors the authority to bring heresy charges sue corporations who deny the Gospel of St. Algore question anthropogenic global warming. Whether these corporations are right or wrong to do so is beside the point. A corporation is a collective formed by its shareholders. This collective has as much of a right to free speech as any of the individuals do. Burning them at the stake Suing them for unpopular views is a violation of the 1st Amendment. Prosecutors are supposed to be protectors of civil liberties. The last thing the Legislature should be doing is to remold them into a new Spanish Inquisition to hunt down Jews AGW heretics.

The NRA calls the 2nd Amendment “America’s 1st Freedom” for a reason. Our ability to, if necessary, violently put down tyranny is what protects our other liberties. Without the 2nd Amendment, without the threat of armed resistance, the rest of the Bill of Rights is nothing more than a piece of sheepskin with some words on it. It’s been over 200 years since the American People put this 1st Freedom to its intended use and thus it’s become somewhat abstract to most Americans. The CA Senate’s actions this past week are a reminder to us that Freedom’s enemies never sleep and neither can we.

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