California Farmer Charged With 12 Felonies After He Tries To Register His Guns

Photo via Blue Lives Matter

Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann is a California farmer that raises potatoes, primarily for the Frito-Lay company. But he’s in hot water now after attempting to comply with California’s myriad of confusing gun laws…he faces 12 felony weapons violations and his home was raided in April.

He is the CEO of Scott Kirschenmann Farms, Inc in Northwest Bakersfield.

Kirschenmann  attempted to register his guns on the California state website. Instead, his home was raided in April, his guns confiscated, and he was arrested. 230 rounds of ammunition, 12 firearms, two “silencers” and a “multiburst trigger activator” were found during the raid.

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The state claims his weapons were “illegally modified.”

Blue Lives Matter reported,

On May 17, the district attorney’s office charged Kirschenmann with a dozen felony weapons-related charges.

He was subsequently released on $150,000 bond.

According to retired Kern County Sheriff’s Office Commander Joe Pilkington, a court-recognized firearms expert, California’s rapidly-changing gun laws have created a significant amount of confusion with regards to what requirements are currently mandated, KGET reported.

“Just in the last few years, there have been lots of changes in gun laws,” Commander Pilkington explained. “Making an effort, a good faith effort to comply with these really complicated laws, should count for something.”

He suggested that anyone who was struggling to understand the current requirements should meet with a licensed firearms dealer.

“There is this self-registration application on the Department of Justice website, but it may be better to talk to an FFL,” Commander Pilkington said. “Someone who has a license, to talk through whatever these complications are.” 

This is how registration can lead to confiscation. A good faith effort got a legitimate business owner charged with 12 felony weapons violations. He is likely to lose his business, and everything he owns because he tried to comply with California gun regulations. These kinds of gun laws are created to deter law abiding people from becoming gun owners rather than actually stop crime.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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