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Recently Congress has started to move on a decently sized gun control bill and Republicans have jumped on board to support this legislation, that is the national news anyway, some state legislatures are taking it upon themselves to pass heavy-hitting gun control legislation.

California is one of a handful of states that are actively working to undermine the 2nd Amendment. The California state legislature is moving on two pieces of gun control legislation at a rapid pace. These bills are SB 1327 and AB 2571.

Senate Bill 1327 is an effort by California legislators to “limit the spread of illegal assault weapons and ghost guns”. This legislation in effect makes anyone who manufactures distributes, transports, or imports “assault weapons” or firearms chambered in .50 BMG subject to felony charges. The bill reads as follows:

Existing law provides that, with certain exceptions, any person who, within this state, manufactures or causes to be manufactured, distributes, transports, or imports into the state, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives or lends any assault weapon or any .50 BMG rifle, as defined, is guilty of a felony. Existing law also provides that, subject to certain exceptions, a person, corporation, or dealer who sells, supplies, delivers, or gives possession of a firearm precursor part, as defined, is guilty of a crime.

Assembly Bill 2571 limits the ability of firearm manufacturers from advertising or market their firearms or firearm-related products in a way that is appealing to those under the age of 18. This piece of legislation is about the marketing of firearms and firearm brands more so than actual gun control, that being said this will still have a massive impact on the arms industry and the 2nd Amendment.

If passed, this legislation will be used to harass and hurt firearm manufacturers around the country. This is a new strategy for gun grabbers and one that they believe will work out more so than pushing for actual laws regarding firearms, it should be noted that they are probably right about this. The bill reads as follows: 

Existing law generally regulates manufacturers and dealers of firearms. Under existing law, commercial speech or advertising is generally protected under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Existing laws and regulations, however, restrict the content and placement of advertising and promotional marketing of alcohol, cannabis, and tobacco to protect minors.
This bill would prohibit a firearm industry member, as defined, from advertising or marketing any firearm-related product, as defined, in a manner that is designed, intended, or reasonably appears to be attractive to minors. The bill would also prohibit a firearm industry member from using, disclosing, or compiling a minor’s personal information if it is intended to market or advertise a firearm to that minor, as specified. The bill would impose a civil penalty of up to $25,000 for each violation of these provisions, and would authorize a person harmed by a violation to bring suit to recover any damages suffered, as specified. The bill would make each copy or republication of marketing or advertising prohibited by these provisions a separate violation. The bill would declare that its provisions are severable, as specified.
These two pieces of legislation are not new, they have been in the works for a while. The major players in California politics, like Gavin Newsome, are pushing their weight behind these measures now because it is an opportunistic time to do so. This being pushed in the wake of two high-profile mass shootings is not a coincidence, this is entirely intentional by the powers that be and know that these individuals are looking to capitalize off of warm bodies.
In all likely hood, both of these pieces of legislation will pass with flying color and with little opposition from within the Democrat party. As with virtually all government responses to tragedy, nothing in either of these bills would have stopped either shooting.
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