“And thus it starts” ~ California passes 11 new gun control measures

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AR15_AimpointCompM4-300x225If gun control wasn’t already draconian enough in California, on Thursday the state Senate passed 11 more sweeping gun control measures that, taken together, are about as close as you can possibly get to an outright gun ban:

The state Senate on Thursday approved sweeping new restrictions on using guns in California in response to the December mass shooting by two terrorists that left 14 dead in San Bernardino.

Lawmakers approved 11 bills including measures mandating background checks for Californians buying ammunition and outlawing the manufacture and sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines.

The bills, which next go to the Assembly for consideration, represent the most ambitious effort at gun control in decades in California, which already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation.

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Two of the bills approved by the Senate would ban the manufacture and sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines as well as semiautomatic, center-fire rifles with “bullet buttons,” a recessed button that, when pressed by a sharp object, allows removal of the magazine.

Those already possessing such guns would have to register them with the state as assault rifles.

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Yet another bill approved Thursday, authored by [Senate President Pro Tem Kevin] De León, would require those buying ammunition to present identification, which would be used by the seller to check to make sure the buyer is not a felon or otherwise prohibited from possessing guns.

If you’re wondering what the reasoning is behind these egregious measures, I hate to say there really is none. Case in point:

State Sen. Isadore Hall (D-Compton) said his bill on “bullet buttons” addresses the kinds of guns used in the San Bernardino shooting. ”These types of firearms have no legitimate use for sport hunters or competitive shooters,” Hall said. “They have been designed to facilitate the maximum destruction of human life.”

The San Bernardino shooters used AR-15s, one of the most popular rifles among hunters and shooting sport enthusiasts. Once again, people making laws prove to be completely ignorant on the topic of firearms.