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American Olympic shooter Kim Rhode, the first woman to medal at six straight Olympic games, happens to sadly live in a state that is “killing our sport at the core.”
You guessed it – that state is California, what with its myriad gun rules and regulations, and more coming down the pike, aimed at making criminals of law-abiding citizens and doing absolutely nothing about the problem of gun violence.
In an interview with TheBlaze’s Dana Loesch, an avid defender of the Second Amendment herself, Rhode explained the ridiculous ways her home state makes life difficult for her and others who may wish to pursue shooting sports.
“There’s some real major issues there that I have — just not only being a competitor, but just being a Second Amendment advocate and being a shooter and being born and raised in Southern California,” Rhode said.
For an Olympian who averages “500 and 1,000 rounds a day” while practicing, a recent law signed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown requiring a background check “each and every time” she purchases ammunition is a tremendous hurdle, as is legislation prohibiting her from even loaning out a firearm unless the person being loaned to has passed a background check.
“How do you teach somebody about shooting or, you know, educate them about safety and responsibility if you can’t loan them a gun to even try the sport?” Rhode asked, also lamenting the fact that even her prior work with Boy Scouts working on merit badges would be rendered much more complicated. “I don’t even know how that’ll work,” she said.
Another new bill that prohibits the possession of high-capacity rounds, or those that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, will be a problem for her sponsors who ship ammo to her for practice. “If I have ammo that I purchase in California, and say I take 300 rounds to a match, and I wanna bring maybe 100 rounds back because I didn’t shoot it all, I’m only allowed, I think, a couple rounds of that to be able to bring back,” Rhode told Loesch. “So I don’t know what I’ll do with the rest of it.”
Rhode also told Loesch about firearms she owned that had been passed down to her and in her family “for generations” that are now, according to California law, labeled as assault weapons. As such, to be passed down to her son minus a special Justice Department permit they must be removed from the state or rendered “permanently inoperable.”
Best advice for the Olympic champion? Move to another state.
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