AB 354 (BDR 15-251)
Bans firearms within 100 yards of an "election" site and changes the definition of frame or receiver.
This bill bans guns at/near "election centers" and changes the definition of some receiver related stuff. Be sure to read the text.
Two violations to the voting part: Part 1, have a gun at a polling place, a misdemeanor. Part 3, have a gun for the purposes of "intimidation" and other stuff, a felony. Part 3 is too broad and punitive.
Cue the stories and whining of Democratic voter registrars and volunteers complaining about people with guns at polling places who have caused no problems ever, except scaring weak-minded statists. "We want to steal the vote and having people with guns around makes it more difficult."
Part 1. The right to self-defense doesn't stop at a polling place and specifically because of election violence, driven by the left, the public should be permitted to be armed there. There is no special or compelling reason other than "feelings" or the desire to disarm the public to subject them to tyranny when voting. There is no security at most polling places that are worth a damn. Even if there is security, the public could be assaulted while waiting in line and disarmed. Additionally, leaving firearms in vehicles makes them vulnerable to theft.
I seriously doubt that under Bruen banning firearms for self-defense at a polling place would withstand scrutiny.
Part 3. Why is this necessary if for part 1? What if the people who want to intimidate do it 101 yards away? Second, how is the state going to prove it was done with "the specific intent to disrupt, interfere...?" Second "monitoring" the vote is a protected right. Third, "monitor" is also overbroad and begging for an unconstitutional smackdown. Basically, the left wants to eliminate a visible reminder, the armed protestor, from the public consciousness and voting. But hey, the elections are secure, right?
The first version of the 80% "ghost gun" bill was poorly written so this is intended to change that. Nothing substantively changes in the law as far as you and I are concerned, but this looks like it's intended to head off legal challenges. Good luck with that.
AB 355 (BDR 15-937)
Bans possession of semi-auto shotguns and rifles for those under 21.
Earlier news story here. Similar laws in others states are facing legal challenges that no one with a brain seems to see them survive. But hey, since young men commit most mass shootings, we gotta keep those scary AR-15s out of their hands.
Hey, has anyone talked to Sandy about banning guns from the 13% of the population that commits over 50% of the homicides in the country? Sure it would be legal to keep those people from owning guns, right? I mean if we're looking at demographics and want to use that reasoning to ban guns to reduce homicides, it has to work! [sarcasm]
I don't Lombardo signing either of these bills and vetoing them both. If these bills pass and he doesn't veto then there is no reason to vote for him in 2026. And if you're wondering where "kitchen sink Sandy" comes from, it's the assemblywoman's habit of throwing everything or seemingly random anti-gun stuff into bills.
Clayton E. Cramer
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