California tracks, disarms people with legally registered guns

California gun confiscation

“When a homeowner is confronted with nine armed agents wearing bullet proof vests, I’ll wager it doesn’t take a lot of talking [to gain entry].” Photo credit Bloomberg.com.

California gun laws allow agents to seize weapons with neither probable cause nor due process, and illustrate a sobering, even chilling assessment Ann Coulter made on The Sean Hannity Show in early February.

“Universal background checks means universal registration,” she said. “Universal registration means universal confiscation, universal extermination. That’s how it goes in history.” She was right.

Any owner in California of a registered firearm who is later convicted of a felony, has a mental health issue or is subject to a domestic violence restraining order, will have his Second Amendment rights revoked.

This sounds pretty reasonable on its face. I probably join most people in saying I don’t want felons, mental incompetents or those who beat their spouses to possess a firearm.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris urged Vice President Joe Biden to adopt a similar provision nationally.

“What do we do about the guns that are already in the hands of persons who, by law, are considered too dangerous to possess them?” she wrote to Biden, according to Bloomberg.com.

As reported by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, any disqualified gun owner:

must immediately designate a third party who is not prohibited from possessing firearms by completing a Power of Attorney Declaration. The third party then has 30 days to properly transfer or dispose of any firearms possessed by the prohibited person. The third party may relinquish the firearms to a local law enforcement agency, sell or transfer them to a third party through a licensed firearms dealer, or sell them to a dealer.”

If the disqualified owner wasn’t properly notified, ignores or doesn’t understand the notice, the firearm is confiscated. The Bloomberg article described a typical gun confiscation:

Wearing bulletproof vests and carrying 40-caliber Glock pistols, nine California Justice Department agents assembled outside a ranch-style house in a suburb east of Los Angeles. They were looking for a gun owner who’d recently spent two days in a mental hospital.

They knocked on the door and asked to come in. About 45 minutes later, they came away peacefully with three firearms.

Let’s take a look at the criteria California uses to confiscate a firearm:

Felony Conviction: What if the person is convicted of a white-collar crime like embezzlement? What about other non-violent crimes? Such a person isn’t so much showing a propensity toward violence as he is a desire to get something that doesn’t belong to him without the messiness of physically harming others.

Mental Disease or Defect: What if the gun owner is suffering a bout of depression due to the loss of a loved one or a career or a financial setback? Do we remove his firearm on that basis? The California law makes no provision for voluntary treatment.

Domestic Restraining Order: I know this will surprise a lot of readers, but people going through a divorce will sometimes lie — in fact, they’ll often lie, to their lawyer, to the judge, even to themselves.

The Justice Department agents lack probable cause for a search warrant to enter a residence and confiscate a weapon — they have to talk their way in, according to the Bloomberg article. When a homeowner is confronted with nine armed agents wearing bulletproof vests, I’ll wager it doesn’t take a lot of talking.

Coulter was right in her assessment — and if this insanity were to spread across the nation, we have every right to be afraid.

Read more at Bloomberg.com.

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  • Don De

    Weather or not you like Ann Coulter, she nailed this one. The slippery slope slides quickly from gun registration to gun confiscation directly into extermination. If American weren't so dumbed down they'd know history repeats itself.

  • Teddy

    These type laws will not prevent mass murders like Sandy Hook, Colorado movie theater, Congresswoman in Arizona because these type murders are done by people with mental health issues. Nobody is addressing this, everyone just wants to ban everything or make new laws. As far as felons go, most felons committed there first felony when they were young. These type felons are committing multiple crimes and are armed and dangerous. Theres already laws for this, just enforce them. These laws that Cali has only stops new felons which are propably white collar non-violent crimes so they do nothing to protect the people.

  • http://facebook karen barr

    This would mean that anyone suffering from depression or panic attacks would lose their right to own a firearm. 99.9 percent of these people would never harm themselves or anyone else. The government (Obama) is trying to play God but there is only ONE GOD.

  • Michael Nappi

    I think we should hold politicians to those standards. In fact I want to see Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Barrack Obama and a few others undergo psychiatric testing and have the tests done on live TV with no teleprompters and the results broadcast on National TV.

  • http://jericho777.wordpress.com Jeffrey Hardin

    I tell you this, it is heavenly being a Southerner…

    I would advise these Constitutional backing citizens to run like hell was at their heels from states like this and join the Southern states who do support their rights to carry, both openly and concealed, which to date is all 13 of them…

    But I warn them too, assimilate to that States traditions and heritages…We Southerners hate change and we despise those who come out of state trying to change or limit us, we like the way things are, simple and un-muddied by the likes of passive idiots such as these Liberal Westerners & Yankee's are…Liberals I say! I say Liberals!

    Where do you see the highest disregard for and the stripping down of our Constitutional rights coming from, they are to the north and west of us and are damned to their very core for it…

    You folks are welcomed here to my South, that's right, my South, help us to draw battle lines and shore up these rights and fight em back from Constitutionally backed States, & help us to elect Constitutionalists who will be assured voices for We the People.

    "Almost laughable ain't it so, sounds both wickedly eery & pleasurable coming from meself…

    Elect voices for We the People? To damn funny…

    And for the love of intelligence, use your purses against them, you control their wealth, and make no mistake, it's their wealth they're using to control you….

    It would better suit us to save some of our Republic than to lose it all, & we have already lost to much of her and we ain't getting any of her back either, we had better damn well realize it's not going to happen, she is just to fractured by a large group of people hell bent on destroying her and who could care the less about you or this beautiful Republic!

    It would be better for us to save the body "Constitution" and lose an arm "State!"

    You don't really believe we are still the United States of America do ya???

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  • DarwinAwards

    The echo chamber effect is a situation in which information, ideas, or beliefs are amplified or reinforced by transmission inside an "enclosed" space, like this one.

  • ernie barber

    This is just the beginning. When you start to mess with the second amendment, your actually headed into a police state mentality. History does and is repeating itself. Don't forget what Stalin, Hitler and others did before they took over, took people's arms away and freedom. Why is the DOJ buying all the military hardware? Don't they have enough hi tech? Isn't it kind of funky that they are now seizing registered guns from law abiding citizens and now wanting to buy militray hardware that it's sole purpose is for destruction? We are, as a nation headed toward a police state. Don't forget they can't take away the spirit of FREEDOM that so many men and women died for!

  • Tom

    I cant believe this is being done in America! Nazi tactics in a state of the USA? The President, any one, should be the bearer of the constitution, and stop this right now!

    Please listen to me when I say there will be an incident soon if this tactic continues. 9 armed law enforcement will not scare a trained veteran armed with the weapon of defense. His or her 2nd ammendment rights are violated and this needs to be stopped on the national level.

    SHAME on anyone who endorces this Nazo tactic in this day and age.

    Veteran Tom

  • Allen Runyon

    If I lived in that God forsaken state I'd move. Never liked California in the first place. They had better send more than 9 officers with more than pistols.