Gun rights proponents have given an appropriate name to a package of laws passed last month by California Gov. Jerry Brown: “Gunmageddon.”
The new laws place a number of heavy restrictions on gun owners, such as requiring a background check for every ammunition purchase, banning AR-platform rifles (again), and restrict magazine capacity to 10 rounds. Additionally, any rifle with detachable magazine will be considered an “assault weapon” when the laws go into effect on Jan. 1.
Now a group is fighting back through the legal system, according to this story from Fox News.
“These laws are completely insane to almost anyone with a real knowledge of firearms, and I did not think Gov. Brown would sign them,” said Barry Bahrami in this Fox news story. “Many California gun owners are still unaware they will be criminals soon.”
Bahrami who is a San-Diego based CEO, and other Second Amendment stalwarts have organized 1,600 volunteers across the Golden State with the goal of garnering 365,880 signatures. The Fox story says they would like to get more than that to ensure validity before submitting the paperwork for each of seven referendum petitions to get on the Nov. 8 ballot.
To succeed, the group must have the signatures by the end of September.
“And if they win at the ballot box, they will overturn the nation’s newest and most far-reaching gun control laws and negate a somewhat redundant set of gun control measures already set for a referendum even though the laws they provide for are largely in effect.”
“‘It comes down to this: get enough signatures on paper from registered voters in an insanely short period of time and the law will go on the ballot for voters to decide,’ Bahrami said. ‘It is a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and majority wins. To my knowledge, the option has never been exercised to this scale before… I had to get the ball rolling.'”
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a notorious anti-gunner, and a group he has assembled have a set of gun control proposals ready for the Nov. 8 ballot, which mirror the laws Brown signed.
The story says as many as one-fifth of the state’s 35 million residents are believed to own at least one firearm, although estimates vary.
“The end game is to disarm everyone—rich, poor, and those in-between,” said Sam Parades, executive director of Gun Owners of California. “It is easier to go after an inanimate object than human behavior.”