Fight Against California's "Gunmageddon" Ratchets Up

Fight Against California's "Gunmageddon" Ratchets Up
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Last month, San Diego businessman Barry Bahrami filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office to repeal a half-dozen new laws signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown through voter referendum this year.

The laws, which include heavy restrictions for legal gun owners like background checks for every ammunition purchase, banning AR-platform rifles (again), and restricting magazine capacity to 10 rounds. Additionally, any rifle with a detachable magazine will be considered an “assault rifle” as of January 1.

We reported in August that Bahrami, along with other Second Amendment stalwarts, organized 1,600 volunteers across California with the goal of gathering the required 365,880 signatures opposing the new gun laws, so that paperwork could be submitted for each of seven referendum petitions to get on the Nov. 8 ballot.

According to this story from guns.com, the efforts began on a California-based gun forum, but have moved to a dedicated website while the group's social media account has grown to nearly 17,000 followers.

Guns.com talked to Lisa Gunther of Gunther Guns in Carlsbad, which is one of the 700 signing locations in the state.

"Our store has had at least 600 new visitors/signers due to the petition," Gunther said in the story. "They come in specifically to sign the petition once they hear about it from friends or on social media. Our regular customers sign once we tell them about the petitions when they are in the store."

Opponents of the legislation say the grassroots effort behind this particular petition push seems to be working better than past efforts to mobilize gun owners to call and write to lawmakers and the governor’s office.

"There is big interest in petitions. I think a lot more people are signing the petitions than would be calling the governor," Gunther said in the story. "This is easier. No phone nightmare to navigate through."

Bahrami says he is hoping to have 900 signing locations available in the coming days and that they are dedicated to fighting through their fatigue to get the word out and get signatures on paper.

"The campaign can really use fresh volunteers so we can finish strong," Bahrami told guns.com. "But all our volunteers are definitely determined to get this done. It's no different from a marathon runner in the final few miles. Determined but exhausted."

Gunther said that she and others at different signing locations are still encountering people who don’t know about the laws or that they go into effect at the top of the year.

"None of these new bills will curb crime, in my opinion. They punish law-abiding citizens. Criminals don't follow laws," Gunther said in the story.

Signature gathering will begin to wind down by Sept. 24 so the petitions can be gathered and delivered to the Secretary of State's office by Sept. 29. Then efforts will move to educating voters about them if they do, indeed, make the ballot, Bahrami said.