California state senator Kevin de León evidently plans to don a new hat. In addition to being the most anti-gun member of the California legislature (and that's no small "accomplishment"), he now evidently intends to become a Ghostbuster. No--he's not teaming up with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. His target is "ghost guns."
"What," you ask, "are ghost guns?" Good question, and Sen. de León has a good answer. Well, he has an answer, anyway. The Associated Press covers his explanation:
The legislation by state Sen. Kevin de Leon is part of a growing effort across the country to preempt the spread of undetectable guns that can be made using 3-D printers. His bill also would apply to anyone who buys parts that can be assembled into a gun.
De Leon said he is trying to address a twin threat from what he called "ghost guns" — plastic guns that can slip through metal detectors and unregistered weapons that can fall into the hands of people who are legally prohibited from owning firearms under state law.
Here's how the bill--California SB 808--would work (well, "work," in the fevered imaginations of the kind of people who believe in ghosts). SB 808 would not ban the home manufacture of firearms (an astonishingly generous concession, by de León's standards). Instead, it would require that anyone intending to manufacture a firearm at home, either by 3-D printing, or by more traditional methods, would first have to apply to California's Department of "Justice," who would then perform a background check on the applicant. If the aspiring gun maker passes the check, and the state generously grants permission to manufacture a gun, the state DoJ will issue a serial number (for a fee), which must be engraved or otherwise permanently applied to the gun within one day of its manufacture.
One thing not explained is how such a law would compel anyone constructing a gun for the purposes of terrorism or some other evil to comply with the requirements. It cannot provide such a compulsion, of course, and is thus nothing but a new set of hoops for people who have no intent to harm anyone.
Another AP article quotes the Brady Campaign's Nick Wilcox, who is excited about the bill because it would nicely complement another of California's infringements on that which shall not be infringed:
Nick Wilcox, representing the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said de Leon's bill is particularly significant because as of Jan. 1, those buying rifles and shotguns in California are required to undergo the same registration and background checks as are required of those buying handguns. California is also the only state that cross-checks five computerized databases to find people who bought firearms but are not permitted to own them.
In other words, the bill would help achieve California's goal of keeping tabs on every legal gun owner in the state--the next best thing to an outright, confiscatory ban--and an essential precursor to such a ban.
The sidebar video, by the way, in which de León attempts to justify the bill, in less than a minute exhibits a level of cluelessness about firearms that might exceed that of U.S. Rep. Carolyn "What's a Barrel Shroud?" McCarthy (D-NY). De León probably introduces multiple "gun control" bills every year (he, in fact, openly supports racial profiling for government scrutiny of ammunition purchases), despite knowing nothing about them, and the people of California apparently accept that state of affairs.
Sound like the kind of people credulous enough to be frightened by ghost stories, don't they?
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