Brady Campaign not satisifed with California
Brady Campaign apparently considers California's many gun laws as just too lax: ""We make it too easy for dangerous people to obtain dangerous weapons,” said Kay Holmen, President of the CA Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence."
Of course they're hard put to find something CA hasn't already enacted, so they propose (1) ammunition registration and (2) a requirement that guns be personalized so only their owner can use them. As I recall, the latter technology doesn't exist, but that's no bar to their making it a requirement.
Hmmm-- here's a PDF of the latter bill. I don't know how much of this is current law, but it has not only personalization but design requirements such as loaded chamber indicator, magazine disconnect, a feature to imprint serial no. on each fired cartridge.
Ah--and an exemption for guns used as movie props! These are supposed to be safety measures, yet movie sets get an exemption.
The bill adds 12126 (b)(8), the requirement for 'owner authorized' and (g), the definition. The rest is current law. There are typographic conventions for deleted [strikeout] and new [italic] in the text, but those refer only to changes from the last version; the new would have been clearer in the original bill presentation.
See this link for a longer discussion of the 'Roster of Handguns Approved for Sale'
Posted by: John S at June 18, 2008 01:21 PM
""We make it too easy for dangerous people to obtain dangerous weapons,” said Kay Holmen, President of the CA Chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence."
Call it a selective memory on my part, but after years of listening to these people, I am convinced they would trot out that line even if dangerous people had to fly to the moon to obtain a dangerous weapon. It's unfortunate, because it causes me to dismiss in knee-jerk reaction anything else they say.
And I am certain that reaction goes both ways.
Posted by: Carl in Chicago at June 18, 2008 02:37 PM
Yeah, sure, just more "common sense" stuff. Everyone knows that outlawing something or requiring a permit means criminals won't be able to get it. Just look at all the examples of successful controls already in place ;-)
The movie industry gets a pass in just about every law in CA, but especially for firearms. Otherwise they wouldn't be able to have all those real full auto assault rifles operated by actors with firearms possession disabilities.
Posted by: Robin at June 18, 2008 02:44 PM
"Ah--and an exemption for guns used as movie props! These are supposed to be safety measures, yet movie sets get an exemption."
Posted by: Tom at June 18, 2008 03:32 PM
i guess keeping 'dangerous' people locked up makes too much sense...
Posted by: chris at June 18, 2008 04:40 PM
Add to that the name of John Eric Hexum.
Posted by: steveH at June 18, 2008 05:43 PM
Nope, not Hexum. He killed himself out of stupidity. You can't fix stupid.
Posted by: straightarrow at June 18, 2008 05:52 PM
What do you mean you can't fix stupid? That seems to be what they're attempting to do with all their "safety" laws and regulations. How was Hexum supposed to know that blanks an kill you? After all, it wasn't stamped onto the side of the barrel.
Posted by: Ken at June 18, 2008 06:28 PM
What about stupid people who can't read the barrel?
Posted by: Jim at June 18, 2008 08:54 PM
Oh, just another "not doing enough"
The Brady's have had their victory, the thing they secretly have wet dreams over.
Posted by: Tom at June 19, 2008 04:11 AM
Kalifornia and the Brady Bunch deserve each other. All the people there have to do is say NO.
But they do have Polosi, Boxer and Feinstein.
Posted by: RobertG Arizona at June 19, 2008 01:41 PM
Actually, Hollywood took a big hit on the gun issue. Seems that the L.A. City/county Council passed laws regarding magazine possession, among others, not realizing the damage it would cause the movie industry. The restrictions, and added fees, caused the largest gun supplier to Hollywood (Stembridge) to bail out. They sold off all their weapons, other than run-of-the-mill simple guns. When informed about the problems they were causing the movie industry, the lawmakers response evidently made it worse! Most shoot-em-up films and tv shows are now made in Canada, and have been for the past 8-10yrs, which is pretty funny considering their gun laws.
Posted by: Will at June 21, 2008 06:25 PM