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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Legally Obtained Guns Being Confiscated in California
I was born in California, but my native state has always done some strange things, this one being the latest. This is important because California's actions often herald the actions or the issues in other parts of our nation. Thus far, California has confiscated ten thousand guns which were legal and registered when they were acquired. I do understand confiscating of firearms for those who have been convicted of domestic violence, convicted of a robbery or violent crime, or have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness which results in a severe separation from reality. The problem is that's not what California is doing. Gov. Jerry Brown appropriated 24 million dollars to fund gun confiscation for not only new convicts but for others as well. (I think I liked him better when is claim to fame was having dated Linda Ronstadt.) California passed a law which, in the wake of their near bankruptcy, allows them to collect the weapons from those who owe them state taxes, toll money, and for any type of mental health support (even those who come for bereavement services.)
The problem is once the weapon has been confiscated, there is a $250. per item appeal fee, and I have not yet located anyone who has won such an appeal. One of my contacts in another venue is friendly with a man whose relative has collected California legal weapons all of his life. At 70, they have been confiscated. He could even begin to pay such a fee for an item by item appeal.
This is how it starts. First we take the guns away from the criminals. Then from the relatives of criminals, just in case. Then we register the guns so we know where all of them are. Then we limit the sizes of the magazines. Then we pull all the weapons from anyone who is a postal worker. Then the government buys up all the ammo, so only they have it. Then, we pull the weapons from anyone who has ever seen anyone from a psychiatrist to a licensed professional social worker for anything from work stress to bereavement. Then, we pull the weapons of anyone who is late on property taxes, personal property taxes, child support, or the registration for a garaged car, etc. Then, we pull the weapons of anyone overweight because they are showing bad judgement about what they eat, and that could extend to firearms. Then we pull the weapons from anyone who has ever joined what the government may consider "a militant organization", such as the NRA or the "Tea Party". It won't take long before all the legally acquired weapons in California are gone. Then, no one will be able to defend themselves against the criminals, the organized crime variety, the petty neighborhood variety, the state sanctioned kind either, or any invading force coming from the Far East. California is disregarding the US Constitution and our Second Amendment rights.
All I can do is vote with my money. I will not do business with anything California based because of it's hyperregulatory stance on everything from weapons to Berkey water filters. I would urge you to consider the same. Be vigilant in your own states for such proposals.
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