Another package of anti-gun bills is working its way through the Democratic-controlled state legislature in California. It would ban magazines carrying more than ten rounds and outlaw the “bullet button,” which makes it easier to reload magazines, an aspect that some anti-gunners feel is a loophole to the state’s ban on so-called assault weapons. Of course, this will only impact law-abiding Californians, but eight of the 10 proposed bills have moved forward (via KCRA):
The package of 10 gun control bills, which opponents are calling "Gun-Megeddon," has firearms owners fearful of losing their Second Amendment right to bear arms.
"Gun-Megeddon is definitely coming to pass," said Craig DeLuz of the Firearms Policy Coalition.
One measure, SB 880, would make it illegal for gun owners to use a so-called "bullet button," a small tool allowing someone to quickly reload ammunition magazines. Another bill, SB 1446, would prohibit Californians from having high-capacity magazines, capable of shooting more than 10 rounds at a time.
"Not one of the laws that are being pushed today makes Californians safer," Deluz said. "All they do is put restrictions -- in many cases very unreasonable restrictions -- on law-abiding citizens."
"It doesn't affect criminals at all,” Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California said. “They are not affected by any of these bills that are making their way through the Legislature."
But gun control advocates argued that the "bullet button loophole" has been used to bypass California's ban on assault weapons. They cited last December's mass shooting in San Bernardino as a case in point.
Gun control advocates were successful in advancing eight of the 10 measures through committee votes Tuesday. Only one went down to defeat: AB 2459 would have required cameras to be installed at gun stores.
My suggestion to California gun owners: flee. For the rest of the pro-Second Amendment community, this is horrifying, but alas, it's California.