California has some of the strictest gun laws in the United States and they’re getting a whole lot stricter. Last month Governor Brown signed a series of bills into law to “enhance public safety by tightening our existing laws in a responsible and focused manner, while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”
Among the changes enacted, one law redefined many types of guns such that they are now considered illegal assault weapons. The owners of those guns became criminals overnight, probably without having any idea what happened unless they’re keeping a close eye on the issue.
Individuals can now also be barred from possessing a firearm, potentially even from having one in their home or car without their knowledge, for ten years for reporting a firearm stolen if that report is not completely accurate.
It is now also illegal to possess a gun magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Previously, those who possessed those magazines were grandfathered in so long as they did not sell, loan or otherwise give one to another person. Now, all of those magazines must be given up by California residents. Speaking of ammo, it’s also getting a lot harder to buy it in the Golden State with new laws imposing more paperwork and record-keeping requirements for ammo sales.
Some of these new laws give a window of up to a year to comply but even then some people will surely fall through the cracks, not getting the message until it’s too late.
The effectiveness and legitimacy of many laws is always up for debate, but regardless of your position you are still expected to abide by the laws as they stand. As citizens it is considered our duty to know the laws and keep up with the changes. If you fail to do so the consequences could be significant.