Saturday, May 07, 2005


The left-leaning media like to point out that their polls show that even gun owners support "sensible gun legislation.' The problem is simply that is an oxymoron, at least with some in our state legislature. Here are two examples of gun control bills that are just plain ignorant, and what is most frightening is that both of them are moving toward floor votes in their respective houses.

SB 357, obviously named after the magnum handgun round in a clever display of whit by the bill's author Joseph Dunn, D-Garden Grove, would mandate that all handgun ammunition have matching serial numbers on each bullet and bullet casing so ammunition used in crimes can be traced back to the original purchasers. Now, that sounds brilliant on first reading, doesn't it? A little critical thinking, however, makes you wonder. Never mind the astronomical costs involved making such ammunition, or that it would create a monopoly for one company that has been touting its ability to make such ammo while supporting the legislation. Never mind the record-keeping nightmare that it would create. If it would help solve crimes, gun owners would support the idea. But the reality is that it wouldn't help solve crimes, and it could implicate innocent people.

What's to keep crooks from mixing ammunition between different boxes of ammunition so serial numbers from the sold lot point to a different person than the one who created the crime? Would crooks even buy ammunition in California or simply have fellow criminals pick up ammo in Las Vegas, or would it merely create a black-market for older, unmarked ammo? The reality is that it would create as many problems as it might solve, confusing juries in serious criminal cases with questions about otherwise obvious guilt or innocence because the ammo didn't match the suspect or it implicated someone with a rock-solid alibi.

AB 352 is a similar bill by Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood, only this legislation would mandate that all handguns have chambers micro-etched with the make, model and serial number of the gun so that this information is transferred to the cartridge casing when the gun is fired. The theory here is similar to SB 357: crime scene investigators find a casing and know exactly which gun fired it. Since the bill would also create a registry of all these guns, they could go right to the registered owner and arrest him.

Since most guns used in crimes are stolen, this would not be a help at all. It would be a snap to polish out the etching. It would make the chamber rough, making the gun less safe, probably causing it to jam occasionally, especially if the gun were dirty. And how about taking brass that was fired in one gun, reloading it, and then shooting in an older gun without the fingerprint? Now you've left brass at a crime scene that points investigators the wrong direction.

Again, never mind that registration is expressly forbidden by federal law or the costs involved in making guns with this feature or the awful bureaucracy this would create. It's a failure in crime control. Massachusetts had a similar law pass several years ago, and the justice department there is recommending it be scrapped because it has cost taxpayers an immense amount of money to run and did nothing to help solve crime. Zero. It turns out that criminals who are stupid enough to be caught by the benefits either of these bills provide, usually leave a pile of other evidence that will convict them. Legislators know this legislation is stupid, but it's a back door way to make gun ownership excessively expensive and onerous. They don't want you and me to have firearms at all.


Washington: Bellevue won't appeal gun sales ruling: "The City Attorney's Office has decided not to appeal a recent decision by a hearing examiner that requires Bellevue to grant a business permit to a man wishing to sell guns out of his home. The city had denied Albert Kwan the permit last year after neighbors on his cul-de-sac in the 1300 block of Northeast 10th Street complained of possible traffic and safety issues. Kwan, 50, appealed the city's denial to a hearing officer and won earlier this month."

Gun Control: This has several facets, but let's just examine a few minor issues. .50 BMG caliber rifles. As of this date, as far as I know, not one time has one of these rifles been used in the commission of any type of crime. Yes, they are extraordinarily powerful weapons. So What???!!!!! Once again, the politicians, especially in California and Illinois, have implicitly stated that in their opinion, if you own a gun, you are a criminal. Why would this be? What are these politicians so afraid of, that they are terrified of the idea that law-abiding citizens might have weapons? What have they done, that the mere idea of an armed citizenry terrifies them? What crimes are they guilty of, that they are afraid an armed citizenry might take some action against them for?"

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