California governor says state has accomplished so much in 10 years. Here’s why they haven’t.

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SACRAMENTO, CA- The dictionary states that the definition of delusional is “holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder”.

It seems that California Governor Gavin Newsom fits the bill.

In the latest of his ramblings, the governor decided to give himself a pat on the back with all the great work that California has accomplished in the past decade. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.

Newsom took to Twitter recently to profess the many great things that he magically made happen in California the past decade, stating:

“Happy New Year! What an incredible decade. We’ve accomplished so much in CA by standing up for our values and taking on some of the biggest issues — from healthcare to gun violence to climate change. Let’s keep it going. Here’s to 2020 and the decade ahead!!”

I’m scratching my head at the moment, trying to figure out what California’s “values” are, and what exact victories were secured in the realm of the issues Newsom mentioned.

Maybe those values are the free needles that the government gives to drug addicts…wait, no, that’s not it.

Maybe it’s all human feces in the streets, they seem to value that “value” since poop is everywhere in the state.

Then again, I think the governor was actually trying to cite virtuous matters of “value”, so I’m kind of at a loss trying to find out what those are.

Circling back to all those “wins” that the state has had in the past decade, if the state is “winning” in the style of 2011 Charlie Sheen, then I would agree. Yet, we’re all aware that Newsom was actually trying to say they’ve made progress, so, let’s take a dive into what the alleged progress looks like for California.

So, Newsom said the big buzzword of the year, “healthcare”, as being something worthy of accomplishment.

Well, the status of healthcare in the state isn’t what most would consider to be poised for success or even benefiting legal residents. California became the first state to offer free health care to illegal aliens last year, footing the bill for low-income individuals who are younger than 25.

Not to mention, the state was strongly pondering handing out more free healthcare to illegals who were over 65 years old; all at the taxpayer’s expense. Great job rewarding unlawful presence in the country and costing legal residents more money in healthcare related taxes, that’s a big win for sure.

Of course, we can’t forget that Newsom is deserving of the slow-clap for all the progress on gun violence.

With all the amazing gun control laws put into place, that happen to be some of the strongest restrictions on guns in the nation, California led the country as hosting the most “mass slayings” in 2019, according to the Associated Press.

Wow, I just can’t believe that gun control does absolutely zero in areas where there’s a culture of violence problem.

Oh boy, let’s not miss out on climate change, since Newsom thinks he’s leading the charge there; even that claim by the governor would make Greta say “How dare you!”.

With a state toting a climate change policy more ambitious than Lucas Blye trying to join the high school football team, California crafted a plan with a cap-and-trade system for fossil fuels and a goal of “zero emissions” by 2045.

The only problem is, they’ve got to stop having their forests catch on fire if they want to reduce emissions. In 2018, the wildfires managed to release enough carbon dioxide to equal one year of electricity use in the state.

Imagine that, every area that Newsom thought was some miraculous victory over the past decade is in fact a dumpster fire.

While speculating on some of the California follies, you can look to issues like the state ranking worst in the nation for quality of life, mainly due to the astronomical cost of living there.

Also, growing up in California isn’t going to get you that educated either, since they rank 38th out of the 50 states in public education. We also can’t be too quick to forget that of the roughly 552,000 homeless people in the entire country, 151,278 happen to live right in California.

If I were a California resident, Newsom’s mention in the tweet of “Let’s keep it going” regarding all their accomplishments in the state, I’d be making plans to move.

Let’s not forget about how a new law in California is preventing police officers and veterans from buying ammunition there.

Since July, the use of a new database put in place to verify purchases has resulted in over 62,000 rejections for citizens trying to buy ammunition.

And it’s not just civilians, either. Numerous members of law enforcement agencies have been denied sale of ammo.

Now, California’s strict firearm and ammunition laws and the use of this new diabase have some second amendment supporters calling foul – and they want answers.

According to an article by the Sacramento Bee, cops like Sutter County sheriff’s deputy Zachary Berg typically have no issue purchasing ammunition for their own personal use.

Recently however, when Berg was headed out for a duck hunting trip, he stopped at his local Yuba City hardware store to purchase shotgun ammunition. When the store ran Berg’s information through the system, which performs the required background check for California’s ammunition purchases, he was denied.

All due to his information not matching what state officials had entered into the database.

“It’s a little ironic the fact I’m a deputy that I can’t buy ammunition,” Berg said. “But at the same time, anybody else who’s legally allowed to, they shouldn’t be denied based on address (errors). … It’s just crazy.”

Berg isn’t alone. There are tens of thousands of seemingly legal gun owners who have been denied the ability to purchase ammunition at stores that sell it.

 

As reported by the Sacramento Bee;

‘Between July 1 and November, nearly 1 in every 5 ammunition purchases was rejected by the California Department of Justice, the figures show.
Of the 345,547 ammunition background checks performed, only 101 stopped the buyer because he or she was a “prohibited person” who can’t legally possess ammunition, according to state Department of Justice data.

Yet another 62,000 ammunition purchases were rejected as well. Those people left empty-handed because their personal information hadn’t been entered into the state’s system, or the information on their identification cards didn’t match what officials had entered into the California gun registry database, which retail sellers must review when they do the ammunition background check.’

 

Because 2A supporters feel that those numbers are so staggering and they feel the new database and background check system infringes on their second amendment rights, a new lawsuit has been filed in an attempt to overturn the strict gun and ammunition laws in California.

According to court records and multiple news outlets, the suit was filed by the California Rifle & Pistol Association. The case’s lead plaintiff is Kim Rhode, who is an Olympic shooter and a National Rifle Association board member.

Court documents also show that Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office has filed paperwork in the U.S. District Court in San Diego as a response to the lawsuit.

Due to the ongoing litigation, Becerra’s office has declined any official public comment to the news media.

According to court documents that has been filed, it is noted that “the state’s rejection rate declined from 19% in July to 15% in October, a downward trend the agency says will continue – as familiarity with the system among ammunition vendors and consumers increases.”

 

It was also noted by Becerra’s office that those who attempted to purchase ammunition and were denied once typically had better luck on the second attempt. As reported by the Sacramento Bee,

“44% of purchasers who had been rejected in July were able to buy ammunition by November.”

But supporters of the second amendment feel that the liberal leaning gun laws are directly targeting law abiding gun owners in the state.

Daniel Reid, who is the western regional director for the National Rifle Association, explained,

“The restrictions are not going on criminals. It’s not targeting criminal misuses. It’s targeting otherwise law-abiding persons in the way that they can exercise their rights. You’re seeing a handful of denials for prohibited persons and all these other people are being denied for clerical errors or administrative type issues.”

 

The argument is made that criminals are still obtaining guns and ammunition despite the law, and those citizens who follow the laws are made to “jump through regulatory hoops”.

The major issues seem to be occurring when database information has been entered incorrectly by the Justice Department, or not entered at all.

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California governor says state has accomplished so much in 10 years. Here's why they haven't.

 

As reported by the Sacramento Bee;

‘Under the ammunition background check law signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016, as of July 1, Californians buying ammunition are required to pass the in-store background check, which involves vendors running a buyer’s name through the Department of Justice database to see if they have legally purchased a gun in recent years. Purchasing a gun in California is a separate process that involves a background check and waiting period.

Californians who’ve legally bought a handgun since the 1990s were required to register with the state, and beginning in 2014, those who’ve bought a shotgun or a rifle also are in the system. If a gun owner has a weapon is in the database, and their government-issued identification card matches the gun registry, an ammunition buyer pays the state a $1 fee for each ammo transaction, and then he or she walks out of the store with their ammo in a couple of minutes.

Those who don’t have a gun in the Department of Justice’s system are required to pay the state a $19 fee and undergo a more comprehensive background check, a process that can take days, or they can go online and register a firearm in the database.
About 18% of purchases were rejected in the standard $1 background check process, according to the Department of Justice.

The DOJ says court filing says more than 19,000 ammunition buyers weren’t in the database at all, so they were denied when they went to buy ammo. More than 22,000 were rejected because of address mismatches, many of them due to having moved since they last bought a gun. Nearly 8,000 people had names in the state’s gun registry that didn’t match their identification, according to the Department of Justice filing.’

 

The operations manager of Last Stand Readiness & Tactical Christopher Lapinski, which is a Sacramento based gun store stated that he’s refused more applicants than he’s approved. Lapinski noted that it all boils down to how the DOJ and the Department of Moto Vehicle puts information into those systems and whether or not they will match.

Lapinski stated that for him it has been,“especially frustrating to deny sales to retired law enforcement officers and active-duty members of the military.”

“You could be a Navy SEAL yesterday, but didn’t buy a gun in California, and now you can’t buy ammo,” Lapinksi commented.

 

One such individual Dan Logan, a 72-year-old Vietnam veteran and retired California Highway Patrol officer was denied the purchase of shotgun ammunition in October of this year. Logan explained that he registered a shotgun in July in accordance with the new law, but he was still denied the purchase of ammunition at a local sporting goods store in his home town.

As someone that follows the law, it is especially frustrating because the statute prevents individuals from crossing state lines to purchase ammunition and bring it back into California

“If I go to Nevada and buy ammunition there, I can go to jail,” Logan explained.

Critics of the new law, firearm supporters and second amendment advocates have stated that these laws and restrictions only harm those that will follow them, noting that criminals wouldn’t think twice before leaving the state to purchase ammunition and bring it back in if they needed it. The argument stands that this is just a way for the state to track gun ownership.

It is also noted that this further promotes a black-market industry for firearms and ammunition in California.

 

Supporters of the law state that is it doing exactly what it was intended to do. Those that support gun control and “red flag” laws feel that what law-abiding gun owners are going through currently are only “minor inconveniences” and “will get sorted out as the database is updated.”

 

One such advocate Ari Freilich, who is an attorney with the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence cited the 101 individuals who were denied the purchase of ammunition as the reason why this law is so important in California.

“Any one of those people, they were committing a serious crime trying to acquire a product designed to take human life. And they were stopped from doing so in that moment,” Freilich explained.

 

He also stated that it is important for the State to have a up-to-date gun registry in order to have firearms taken away from dangerous people.

California’s “Red Flag” law allows any individual in the state of California to petition the court asking for police to remove firearms from an individual that they feel might harm others or themselves. This most recently includes coworkers, employers and teachers who feel that individuals may need firearms temporarily removed from the homes of others they think are a threat.

“Because of this DOJ database, (it) allows law enforcement to know that that person has arms, to know what kind of arms they have and to know where they reside, so they can ensure that the people who have been subject to threats are safe and that guns are removed from that dangerous situation,” Freilich commented.

 

Former Democratic state Senate leader Kevin de León, who was at the head of leading the change in California’s gun laws with the new background check legislation stated,

“We can easily overcome this technical issue. To the NRA and others who don’t believe that we should keep our communities safe from gunfire, I would say stop the hyperbole over a technical issue that’s easily solvable and be part of the solution to reduce dramatically the numbers of needless killings that happen in our communities every single day.”

 

Gov. Gavin Newsom who has been an outspoken supporter of California Proposition 63, (Background Checks for Ammunition Purchases and Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban (2016)) has not made a public comment on the issues law abiding gun owners are currently experiencing with the purchase of ammunition in his state.

 

 


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