Sunday, May 19, 2013

And The Lies Keep Rolling On

The San Diego Union-Tribue published this article about the avalanche of anti-gun bills that are moving through the legislature, which contained the following quote:

"In California, a centerpiece is Steinberg’s Senate Bill 374 that prohibits the sale, purchase, manufacturing or transfer of certain rifles with high-capacity clips.

“You can spray more bullets a lot faster, killing or hurting a lot more people,” Steinberg said."

The above, is the worst type of lie, telling a half-truth.  SB 374 redefines the definition of "assault weapon" to include any rimfire or centerfire rifle with the capacity to accept a detachable magazine.  Steinberg's statement implies that these are military pattern rifles, but SB 374 would sweep up many rifles that are used for hunting or target practice.  The Ruger 10/22 and the Remington 570, and many others would be assault weapons if this bill becomes law.

"Assault weapons" are prohibited for sale by dealers, may not be sold or transferred by people who possess them, and must be surrendered, destroyed, or sold out of state when the owner dies.

"Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a San Diego Democrat, said gun owner fears are overblown.

“I don’t see a total ban on guns. The bills aren’t about that,” she said."

SB 374 is a ban in all but name.  If it is signed into law, an entire class of rifles will disappear from gun store shelves, and eventually disappear from the public.  The only thing that this bill does not do is authorize the police to go door to door searching for and seizing weapons

Between this bill, and existing Roster of Handguns Approved for Sale, California has banned the sale of thousands of weapons. How are these not gun bans?

Prediction:  if this bill passes, they will be back with further restrictions:

1. Ban the sale of semi-automatic rifles that have fixed magazines, like the M-1 Garand.

2. Ban the sale of bolt action rifles because they are "sniper rifles" capable of firing "armor piercing"  ammunition.

3. Extend the Roster to include semi-automatic pistols as unsafe because of their ability to spay-fire 10 rounds without reloading.

4. Extend the Roster to ban large bore revolvers because large calibers are "unsafe".

We are on the slippery slope on gun rights in this state, and the Progressives are greasing the hill.  Where will it stop?

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