Second Amendment supporters, unfortunately, have a tendency to hold a short memory. We rejoice at the thought that all federal gun control efforts have been stopped cold consistently on a federal level and too many of us believe that the storm is over.
We are in the eye of the storm. Get ready.
The Second Amendment is under attack at the state level as states assign taxes to exercise the right to individual firearm ownership and more and more states work to make lawful carrying of these tools more-difficult to accomplish.
Now, California is considering banning all gun dealers within the state.
A California Assembly bill that would ban all Federal Firearm License holders (FFLs) from doing any business in the state of California is being reviewed by the State Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection on Tuesday.
The bill- Assembly Bill 2459- would force new requirements for FFLs to follow which would effectively end any gun sales in California. As California prohibits private sales, the only legal route to bear arms is to request permission from the federal government to exercise one’s Second Amendment rights and buy from an FFL.
The NRA-ILA reported on the four proposed requirements that would force FFLs to close-up shop:
- A prohibition on licensee business premises being on a residential property.
- A clear statement that localities may impose more restrictive requirements on licensees than those imposed by state law.
- A requirement that licensees maintain full color video surveillance that is of sufficient quality to provide for facial recognition and records all firearm transactions on the premises, all locations where firearms and ammunition are stored, the immediate exterior of the licensed premises, and all parking facilities owned by the licensee. The video equipment would be required to run during all business hours and be set to begin recording when motion is detected at all other times. The licensee would have to certify to having compliant video equipment at least yearly and make any needed repairs to the equipment within 15 days of any damage. The footage would need to be stored on the premises for at least five years, but that could be extended if the footage may be part of a law enforcement investigation. Licensees would also be required to post a prominent sign indicating that customers are being recorded.
- All licensees would be required to have a liability policy of a minimum of $1M per incident to cover liability arising from “theft, sale, lease or transfer or offering for sale, lease or transfer of a firearm or ammunition, or any other operations of the business and business premises.
Federal law already mandates that there shall be no registry of firearm purchases. While FFLs are supposed to shred one’s background check application after a period of time, California seeks to implement a record of the sale by forcing gun dealers to record the transaction and keep the video for five years.
The bill also not only crushes mom and pop operations who sell from their home (while still doing the exact same background check performed at a gun shop), but it also explicitly leaves the door open for even more anti-Second Amendment laws that could pop-up at any time.
The bill, if enacted, would drive-up the cost of doing business to an unsustainable level and force countless businesses (if not all of them) out of the market. It is effectively a statewide ban on gun sales.
The left has discovered the path forward for gun control; they are no longer seeking to implement outright bans. They have, instead, moved the battle to state legislatures and seek to strangle gun dealers and gun owners into complying with their unconstitutional agenda.
In contrast, when the British Crown imposed a modest tax on our breakfast beverage, we labeled it an “intolerable act” and began striking-back at the tyrannical government.
Then again, the colonists didn’t have Facebook browsing and the Kardashians to lull them into a state of complacency.