Anti-gun California lawmakers are using the shooting near the state Capitol in Sacramento to push a trio of gun control bills that have nothing to do with, nor would have prevented, the shooting which left six people dead and others wounded.
Two suspects arrested in connection with the fatal shooting were brothers, both with criminal records precluding them from legally having firearms. One suspect had been released from prison only weeks before the deadly gun battle.
According to KCRA News, one measure is AB 1594, which would “create a standard by which the firearm industry could be sued in civil court beginning on July 1, 2023.” It would allow people to bring civil lawsuits against the firearm industry, which could run head-on into the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. That law prevents “junk” lawsuits against the firearms industry.
Another bill is AB 2571, a measure aimed at restricting the marketing and advertising of firearms to minors and “prohibited persons.”
The third proposal is AB 1621, which targets so-called “ghost guns.”
As reported by KTXL, AB 1594 passed out of the Assembly Judiciary Committee 7-2. It has been sent to the Appropriations Committee, along with AB 1621, which also passed out of its first committee hearing.
There are criticisms of the legislation. Speaking specifically about AB 1621, State Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) was quoted by KTXL observing, “Firearm parts don’t kill people; behavior kills people. And that’s where I wish our focus would be directed toward violent behavior used with any weapon no matter what it is.”
Likewise, Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, said firearms built by private citizens have become “an unfortunate scapegoat” for rising crime.
Directing a comment toward AB 2571, Daniel Reid, representing the National Rifle Association, predicted it will fail on a First Amendment challenge.
It has become something of a tradition for anti-gunners to capitalize on high-profile crimes involving firearms to push pet gun control legislation which may, or may not, be remotely connected to the crime being exploited. The most notorious of such efforts is “universal background check” legislation, seen as something of a reflex demand, despite the fact that states with restrictive gun laws already require background checks even for private gun sales. California is one of those states.
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