Following the monstrous 2nd Amendment victory in the Supreme Court, the state of California has decided to respond by passing more gun control.
California legislators worked tirelessly to stick it to not only the Supreme Court but gun owners across the state by passing eight separate pieces of gun control legislation. The eight bills that were passed are; AB 311, AB 1594, AB 1621, AB 1769, AB 2156, AB 2239, SB 915, and SB 1327.
Here is a quick breakdown of these eight bills:
AB 311: Assembly Bill 311 will prohibit the sale of firearm precursor parts (80% lowers and other components that can be converted into firearms with a degree of effort) at the Del Mar Fairgrounds property. Essentially this legislation will ban homemade firearm parts from being sold at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
AB 1594: Assembly Bill 1594 will establish a firearm industry standard of conduct. That would require the industry to take reasonable precautions and vet downstream distributors like local gun stores to ensure that they follow the law. This legislation would also allow any individual harmed by a firearm sold in the state of California to bring a civil action against the firearm industry. In essence, this bill sets an unreasonable standard for firearm manufacturers and allows individuals to file civil suits against those companies for failing to adhere to those unreasonable standards.
AB 1621: Assembly Bill 1621 will redefine firearm precursor parts as; any forging, casting, printing, extrusion, machined body or similar article that has reached a stage in manufacture where it may readily be completed, assembled or converted to be used as the frame or receiver of a functional firearm, or that is marketed or sold to the public to become or be used as the frame or receiver of a functional firearm once completed, assembled or converted. This legislation will also require that homemade firearms be serialized before January 1st, 2024; failure to comply with this will result in charges from the California Department of Justice.
AB 1769: Assembly Bill 1769 will prohibit the sale of firearms, ammunition, and firearm precursor parts at the OC Fair and Event Center.
AB 2156: Assembly Bill 2156 will lower the number of firearms someone must make before obtaining a state firearm license. This law will also prohibit individuals from using 3-D printers to create a firearm or firearm precursor part without being licensed. Previously, you needed to get licensed by the state if you made more than 50 firearms in a calendar year. Now you need to get a license from the state if you make more than four firearms in a calendar year.
AB 2239: Assembly Bill 2239 will expand current California law prohibiting those convicted of certain misdemeanors from firearm ownership. This legislation will make those convicted of child abuse or elder abuse unable to own firearms for ten years following that conviction.
SB 915: Senate Bill 915 prevents state officers, operators, and lessees of state property from selling firearms or allowing the sale of firearms at the OC Fair and Event Center.
SB 1327: Senate Bill 1327 will allow residents of California to sue those who make specific “illegal” firearms and attachments. This includes homemade firearms or “ghost guns.”
This tapestry of gun control bills comes as a significant screw-you to gun owners in the state of California. The timing couldn’t be any worse either; recently, the California Attorney General’s office leaked the personal information of almost every gun owner in the state.
As we reported at the time of the leak:
This massive database of leaked information contains the following information about Conceal Carry Permit holders in California; Full Legal Name, Home Addresses, Dates of Birth, Race, and Gender (you can change this one, so no big deal).
This massive breach in data is highly problematic and one that was entirely expected with a registry like this. This enormous database was leaked with the launch of the California Department of Justice’s 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal. This leak was likely the result of poor security practices within the California Attorney General’s office; this data was not properly secured and was made accessible to the public with the launch of the webpage.
At the time it was accessible, the page has been shut down for the time being, an unknown amount of people accessed this data, and many of them downloaded it. As a result, these records are now in the hands of the public and were supposed to be confidential records for government use only.
The California Attorney General announced this new dashboard in a statement saying, “Today’s announcement puts power and information into the hands of our communities by helping them better understand the role and potential dangers of firearms within our state.”
Following reports that the dashboard had accidentally leaked the personal information of a lot of people, California Attorney General Bob Bonta changed his tune. “We are investigating an exposure of individuals’ personal information connected to the DOJ Firearms Dashboard… Any unauthorized release of personal information is unacceptable,” said AG Bonta in a statement to The Daily Caller. AG Bonta continued, “We are working swiftly to address this situation and will provide additional information as soon as possible.”
The leak is much worse than initially reported. It would appear that the state of California was keeping an “assault weapons” registry as well. This registry is now also in the hands of the public. It would also appear that the personal information of everyone who has ever applied for a concealed carry permit in the state was leaked, whether they were granted or denied one.