The California Assembly has just voted to approve a bill that bans the sale of semi-automatic rifles that can accept a magazine of more than 10 rounds. That is all modern semi-auto rifles. Semi-automatic box magazine fed rifles have existed for over one hundred years. This is not new technology. These are commonly used firearms under the definition used in the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court cases. It may take years, but California may have just overstepped in the attempt to infringe on the individual unalienable right to keep and bear arms.
From Guns Save Lives:
As most of the nation’s gun community kept our eyes on the historic Colorado recall yesterday, our friends in California were facing a far different fate.
The bill that was passed by the assembly yesterday can probably be considered the strictest gun ban in the country. It bans the sale of semi-auto rifles that can accept a magazine of more than 10 rounds.
People who own such rifles would have to register them with the state.
The State Assembly passed the bill 44-31. Now it goes back to the state senate where it is expected the amendments the Assembly put in place will be accepted as the senate already passed the original version of the bill.
The bill will then go to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign the legislation.
There is some opposition to the bill according to Reuters,
“I don’t know what the right word is to express how strongly I oppose this bill,” said Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican who represents the Southern California community of Twin Peaks, complaining that it amounted to a direct swipe against the constitutional right to bear arms.
As if that horrible bill isn’t bad enough, there are two more bills in queue which will further erode the Second Amendment rights of Californians.
One of these bills will outright ban possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds in the state.
The second will make it illegal for people convicted of multiple alcohol/drug offenses and/or gang related offenses from owning a firearm for ten years. This is even if those convictions would not make the person an ineligible person under federal law.