Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wait. WHAT?

Calif. gov. vetoes semi-automatic rifle ban
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill Friday that would have imposed the nation's toughest gun ownership restrictions on Californians, saying it was too far-reaching.

The legislation would have banned future sales of most semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines, part of a firearms package approved by state lawmakers in response to mass shootings in other states.
I had to read this story three times to make sure I had it correct. The Governor of CALIFORNIA vetoed a gun control bill? Because it was "too far-reaching"? California, where they have banned all lead ammunition for hunting; where AR-15s have to have fixed magazines; where permits to carry firearms are "may issue" and are handed out capriciously and arbitrarily. I didn't think it was possible to come up with a gun control bill too onerous for California. Governor Brown vetoed more than a third of the firearms bills brought across his desk - 7 out of 18.

It would be interesting to find out why Governor Brown vetoed the measures he vetoed. I suspect that some part of it was because of the legal challenges that those measures would have faced - a ban on all semi-automatic rifles is a pretty significant infringement on the Second Amendment rights of Californians, and in the wake of Heller, McDonald et al it'd be almost certainly challenged in court. I wonder, though, if the events in Eastern California (a.k.a. Colorado) might have been on Governor Brown's mind - nothing like a round of firings to wake up the idiots...

In either case, this is a glimmer of hope from one of the darker corners of Mordor...

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

6 comments:

eiaftinfo said...

You saw that he banned lead ammunition though, right?

Dave H said...

Yeah, I did a double-take too when I saw Brown, veto, and gun ban in the same sentence. I think you're right though - he knows it wouldn't stand up even in a California court.

LMB said...

Yeah, that one was a stunner for us Californians. The lead ammo ban was obviously going to pass his desk, though. He's too much of a moonbat to let that one slide.

Crotalus said...

This is still a very dark corner of Mordor, though.

Andrew said...

Veto Letter

"I don't believe this bill's blanket ban on semi-automatic rifles would reduce criminal activity or enhance public safety enough to warrant this infringement on gun owners' rights."

GreyLocke said...

He knows defending from the lawsuits would force Kalifornia into bankruptcy that much sooner.