Beginning January 1, it is a crime for law-abiding Californians to loan a firearm to anyone outside of “immediate family,” and a new definition of “assault weapons” takes effect in the state, reported Breitbart.
New handgun storage requirements and rules pertaining to reporting “lost or stolen” firearms also take effect.
Arguably, the California legislature passed gun control for law-abiding citizens, and the state passed similar gun control via ballot initiatives.
The new laws mean “a host of restrictions for California’s more than 6 million gun owners,” said the report. At a time when most legitimate experts in the field of “mass murder” (active shooters) agree that the presence of armed citizens—off-duty cops, retirees, CCW holders—offer a fantastic opportunity to minimize casualties in these pandemonium events, the Golden State is following liberal ideology and removing firearms from good people. Typical of knee jerk reaction to violence involving guns, these prohibitions are unlikely to have any impact on the criminal element.
The four new restrictions for law-abiding citizens that take effect on January 1 are:
- A new law that makes it “a crime to falsely report a firearm has been lost or stolen” (no problem with this one).
- A new law that makes it “illegal, with limited exceptions, to loan guns to anyone outside of immediate family members.”
- A new start date for the new definition of “assault weapons” (a ban on “bullet buttons” included).
- A new ” requirement that handguns be stored in a locked container or locked trunk when left in an unattended vehicle.”
Under these laws, the state of California has just made a law violator out of the police officer that loans a gun to a neighbor, who then takes it to the local range for target practice. When returning home, the neighbor tucks the unloaded handgun in a safe place (other than the trunk), while stopping for a cup of coffee. Both the officer and the neighbor have broken the law.
This is simply one scenario. There are many others that are bound to create confusion.
There are myriad other gun controls on law-abiding citizens that will take effect in 2018. Those include new rules on the importation of ammunition, a background check requirement for in-state ammunition purchases, and a requirement that serial numbers be placed on all homemade guns, among other requirements.
If politicians limited automobile use due to traffic fatalities, the way they approach weapons, we’d have far fewer freedoms while traveling in our cars. Even though the abuse and misuse of the automobile kills between 30,000 and 40,000 people annually, the car is never blamed. The same does not hold true for guns.
These well-intentioned laws will have virtually no impact on career criminals and will facilitate more soft targets for sociopathic murderers.