On June 2, with a 47-29 vote, the California Assembly passed AB 809 which eliminates the exceptions for tracking guns that are not handguns. Now, all guns will be tracked with the same vigor as handguns are tracked in the state. Never mind such silly issues as privacy and personal rights. If you have it, they want to know — so they voted themselves that legal right.
According to the text of the bill (last amended on 5/27/2011):
This bill would conform those provisions so that the transfers and information reporting and retention requirements for handguns and firearms other than handguns are the same.
This provision will become effective January 1, 2013 and will require, “Every secondhand dealer described in Section 21626 shall, in a format prescribed by the department, and on the day of the transaction, electronically report to the department each firearm purchased, taken in trade, taken in pawn, accepted for sale on consignment, or accepted for auctioning.”
According to the text, “The name, address, identification of, place of birth (state or country), complete telephone number, occupation, sex, description, and all legal names and aliases ever used by the owner or person being loaned the particular firearm as listed on the information provided to the department on the Dealers’ Record of Sale, the Law Enforcement Firearms Transfer (LEFT), as defined in former Section 12084, or reports made to the department pursuant to any provision listed in subdivision (a) of Section 16585 or any other law.”
You can read the full text of the bill for yourself.
The California Assembly also ban the carrying of unloaded guns in public in May (AB 144) in a 45-29 vote. This bans individuals from carrying a unloaded, visible gun in any public place, on a street or in a vehicle. (Some unincorporated areas are exempt according to a report by CBS news, Los Angeles.)
On June 6, 2011, the California State Senate voted 28-8 to exempt themselves from the gun laws they were imposing on all the other residents of their state. Isn’t that interesting? They are also exempt from getting tickets, being prosecuted for not paying tolls and a slew of other little gems.
What happened to representation for the people by the people?