Jerry Brown’s Gun Control Vetoes Don’t Go Far Enough

California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown debates Meg Whitman in Davis, California

Democratic California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a slew of draconian gun bills last week, calling proposals that further narrow the State’s definition of “assault” weapons an “infringement on gun owners’ rights.”

“I don’t believe that this bill’s blanket ban on semi-automatic rifles would reduce criminal activity or enhance public safety enough to warrant this infringement,” he remarked in vetoing a proposed restriction on any rifle with a removable magazine.

Noting that California already has “some of the strictest gun laws in the country,” Brown vetoed seven gun control bills that had passed the California Assembly.

Those included the rifle bill, as well as proposals that sought to criminalize failure to report missing or stolen firearms, retool the legal definition of a shotgun and restrict the transfer of “unsafe” handguns.

But he also signed into law four other gun control bills, approving a new extension on how long the U.S. Department of Justice can prolong the wait on background checks and limiting the sale of add-ons that increase ammo capacity.

Most devastating to California firearms owners, though, was Brown’s approval of a bill that bans the sale of all forms of lead ammunition — on the grounds that lead pollutes the environment.

Even as he approved that measure, AB 711, Brown offered a perplexing semi-apology to outdoorsmen, the very group most likely to be dramatically affected by the ban. In his signing statement, Brown wrote:

Lead poses a danger to wildlife… Since 2007, California has prohibited it in the eight counties within the [endangered California] condor range.

…I am concerned, however, the impression left from this bill is that hunters and sportsmen and women in California are not conservationists. I know that is not the case. Hunters and anglers are the original conservationists. Since the 1930s, hunters have done more than any other community to conserve species and their habitats, and that is a lasting conservation legacy.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation condemned  the lead ban, noting the new restriction “amounts to a virtual ban on hunting because the federal government considers most types of non-lead ammunition to be ‘armor-piercing’ and limits its manufacture and sale.”

The governor’s legislative update page lists all the new gun laws. For a plain-language rundown, check out this article at The Truth About Guns.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Briylaln

    Lead poses a danger to wildlife???? I’m shooting the damn animal. what additional danger can I cause it.

    • Fred

      It’s akin to stabbing politicians with pencils !

    • Alex

      Are you that stupid? Do you assume that every bullet hits its mark?

      • Dennis

        Are you stupid Alex? Are you assuming that a bullet, etc. that misses an animal will automatically be picked up & eaten by another? Will you ban mother earth? Lead is a naturally occurring metal & is found in many deposits at the surface as well as in mines.

        • independent thinker

          “Are you stupid Alex?”
          Short answer……yes. Long answer……….Oh Hell Yes.

      • Briylaln

        Lead is a natural element. I’ve seen your posts beforeon various stories, so I won’t get in a pi ss ing match with you. Other people can comment as to wether I’m stupid or not – I really don’t give a damn.

      • Michael DeAmicis

        Are you tht stupid to think it makes diference if the bullet contains lead or not. There are not any studies wit any compelling evidence t justify this descision. This will hill target soooting on ranges as well since you nw cannot buy ammunition unless you want to pay premium prices fore pure coper rounds which is actualy the best hunting ammy ironicaly.

      • Vis Fac

        ALEX in La LA Land We are all not as inept at everything as you. FYI I don’t take the shot if there is a chance of missing the target. The Marine Corps focuses on marksmanship. so I don’t miss.

        Stupid people like Alex in La La Land and governor moonbeam don’t realize that Pb is a naturally occurring element and both Alex in La La Land and governor moon beam have ample quantities of Pb in their heads (and A$$es)

        More inane illogic spawned by liberal one dimensional idiot-ology

        Alex in La La Land is twice as dense as Pb and three times more dangerous

        If you like me I am in your heart If you hate me I got to you and am on your mind and own you.

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est

      • Cole Johnson

        Wow! Calling yourself stupid and an idiot, is no way to go through life! The fact is that you have no clue about anything but name calling! Try actually reading the fish and game lead report! And stop being what you call other people! Grow up!

  • securityman

    just another way to get to our guns. so, lets go ahead and go for the armor-piercing ammo. keeps our barrels cleaner anyway…….

  • garygerke

    Unfortunately these unconstitutional laws condemns this Governor to being labeled a lying progressive, pandering to the imposter in the White House

  • HueyDude

    The “unleaded” bullets bill in itself is enough to kill hunting within the state. Here in GA, hunting bullets are restricted to expanding bullets, normally ballistic tipped, soft-point, hollow-point, etc., almost all of which are formed around a lead core and are designed for a quicker, cleaner kill. If California’s hunting regs limit their ammunition to an expanding type, then they will pretty much be stuck with steel-pellet shotgun shells due to the new law.

  • Michael DeAmicis

    As usual, th 2nd is referenced to hunters. This endsalmost all recreational shooting for anyone but the rich. Causaul sprot target shooting at the rangeis done with low cost lead ammo that is now illegal to sell. Time to recal brown. Thi is rediculouse. He has killed shooting sports in kalifornistan. He needs to go.

  • marcus johannes

    I was born in Mexifornia , There are too many Liberals and Communists in Charge , I cannot understand how someone like Dianne ( The Fascist ) Feinstein or Maxine ( The Wooden Bobblehead ) Waters manages to get themselves Re-Elected ,I will not even mention Nancy ( The Marxist Witch ) Pelosi ,