Tougher Restrictions on Firearms Approved by California Lawmakers

After coming back to his desk from the weekend, Gov. Jerry Brown found three bills on his desk from lawmakers in California that have called for even stricter restrictions on firearms, from a state already well known for having some of the toughest gun laws in the USA.

The bill was sent to Browns desk as a likely kneejerk reaction to the news that a gunmen opened fire at a gaming event, killing 2 people and injuring others, and then turning the gun on himself.

One of the bigger California news authorities “The Log Angeles Times” has reported some of the details within the bill, including the rule of making it impossible to get a gun with a lifetime ban if you have been legally been in psychiatric hold twice in a single year and/or if you have ever been convicted of domestic violence. The idea obviously being to ensure that people who are prone to harsh violence or are unstable mentally (which covers most school shooters since the unfortunate columbine massacre, especially the latter point) are unable to get a weapon that would easily allow them to cause harm to others, and even potentially themselves.

The bills also call for people who may be interested in a permit for a concealed weapon to have to go through eight hours of instruction as well as pass a live fire test before being granted the concealed weapon permit.

Another spanner is thrown in the works with the fact you can easily 3D print a mostly working gun, bypassing most of this bill...

Another spanner is thrown in the works with the fact you can easily 3D print a mostly working gun, bypassing most of this bill…

It is a well known fact that most Republicans opposed the conceal carry measure, and also oppose these new bills, warning that under the new bill, there is no limit on the amount of training a county can demand before giving you the permit, meaning that, in theory at least, they could give you unlimited training to essentially take the right away from you completely.

it IS worth remembering that California already has very strict gun laws, with those convicted of domestic violence currently facing a ten year probation and a five year ban for people who have been legally held in a psychiatric hold, with the new bill just making these harsher.

“If you want to have a loaded gun in public, you need to show that you know what you are doing,” Todd Gloria – Democratic assemblyman, regarding gun use.

The problem is, will this really stop gun crime, or just make it harder for American citizens to legally get a gun? As its well known that criminals will get their guns illegally to avoid them being tracked, and a large portion of mass shootings were done with an illegal gun, as in a stolen gun or one owned by someone else.  I feel this needs to be addressed over just making it harder for everyone else to get guns while sidestepping the actual problem…