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California is taking aim at gun rights again, and we imagine the reason has been whittled down to "because we can." Democrats have a super-majority in the state Legislature. Much like Republicans in Arkansas, they can pretty much push through whatever they want. And what they want is to limit individual firearm sales to one every 30 days.

How exactly this keeps anyone safe hasn't been explained. It seems California lawmakers have gotten so lazy with their swipes at gun rights, they're not even pretending that this is a safety issue anymore.

This new (potential) law was vetoed by the state's previous Democratic governor. You know a gun law is too far gone when Jerry Brown vetoes it.

Here's more from Fox News about the proposal: "California Senate Bill 61, introduced by Democratic state Sen. Anthony Portantino, will ban the purchase or transfer of more than one firearm within a 30-day period. The state already has laws to prohibit an individual from buying more than one handgun a month."

Newly sworn-in Gov. Gavin Newsom said America has a gun lobby that's "willing to sacrifice the lives of our children to line their pockets."

But with this particular bill, we're not sure where the logic is. It seems Mr. Newsom isn't aware of two facts: A shooter only needs one gun to commit a mass shooting, and the NRA doesn't make money from gun sales. It receives private donations and membership dues.

Perhaps there's something more here we're not seeing. This legislation aims mostly to cause headaches for gun owners and sellers. Not to mention those who'd like to sell grandpa's weapons and get them out of the house. (One reason Gov. Brown gave for his veto.)

Ah, well, it's the 50 labs of democracy at work. We're just glad we're not in that one.

Editorial on 01/11/2019

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  • 23cal
    January 11, 2019 at 8:44 a.m.

    About "It seems Mr. Newsom isn't aware of two facts: A shooter only needs one gun to commit a mass shooting....." This is disingenuous. While it only takes one gun to commit a mass shooting, the undeniable fact is that in a great many of the mass shootings the shooter does in fact take and use more than one gun.
    "......and the NRA doesn't make money from gun sales." Indirectly, it does make money from gun sales, because corporations, many within the gun industry, donate millions to the NRA. Between 2005 and 2013,"the gun industry and its corporate allies have given between $20 million and $52.6 million to it just through the NRA Ring of Freedom sponsor program. The NRA also made $20.9 million — about 10 percent of its revenue — from selling advertising to industry companies marketing products in its many publications in 2010, according to the IRS Form 990. Additionally, some companies donate portions of sales directly to the NRA. Crimson Trace, which makes laser sights, donates 10 percent of each sale to the NRA. Taurus buys an NRA membership for everyone who buys one of their guns. Sturm Rugar gives $1 to the NRA for each gun sold, which amounts to millions. The NRA's revenues are intrinsically linked to the success of the gun business." htt ps://w m/gun-industry-funds-nra-2013-1
    By the way, the Federal Elections Commission has an ongoing inquiry into NRA collusion with Russia to promote Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign and its use of an apparent shell company to skirt election laws.
    I don't think this particular law is going to be very good or effective. At the same time, I have been saying that every time an innocent is killed and the gun fanatics make sure absolutley nothing is done to prevent more gun deaths, that more people become opposed to gun rights as they are today. The gun nuts are their own worst enemy because their intransigence and proactive jihad against doing ANYTHING to decrease firearm deaths drives more and more people to more and more draconian anti-gun measures.
    I read where a resource officer at Dardanelle left his gun in an elementary school bathroom. If trained police officers make those kinds of missteps, can you imagine how often this sort of thing will happen now that a bunch of school librarians get the green light to pack heat in schools?

  • BoudinMan
    January 11, 2019 at 8:48 a.m.

    Mr. Editor, the reason is because common sense restrictions on the 2nd ammend. make sense, the majority of Americans want them, and they will help decrease the number of mindless gun deaths in this country. Now, get out of the way and let this nation move forward with laws that can actually accomplish things for the betterment of all.

  • Skeptic1
    January 11, 2019 at 9:19 a.m.

    Whatever you do Governor Nut-Job, go after law abiding citizens Second Amendment rights while doing nothing about the tens of thousands living in tent cities in your state. Hey, just keep stepping over that human excrement on the sidewalks in San Francisco too. No wonder that state is losing thousands of residents monthly.

  • limb
    January 11, 2019 at 9:20 a.m.

    Great postings!

  • pravda
    January 11, 2019 at 1 p.m.

    feinstien has crafted another AWB, MOLON LABE dems =tyranny rises

  • Lifelonglearner
    January 11, 2019 at 10:20 p.m.

    The reason why the Second Amendment was not legally an individual right to a firearm until the Heller ruling, was that until the 1970s takeover of the NRA, most people recognized that both the Second and Third Amendments were about preventing the abuses the writers had seen with large standing (active/permanent) military forces. Now we have the worst of both worlds. An large, expensive military, and millions of irresponsible wannabe Rambos thinking they are the last line of defense of their home and nation. If Switzerland and Israel can find a balance between personal security and responsible regulation, why not America?