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Posted: 5/22/2003 4:30:14 PM EDT
[url=http://kfwb.com/news_local.asp?displayOption=&contentGUID={4F21BBF3-B80C-45D4-AEAA-5ACC33920154}&groupName=AP%20Top%20California%20Headlines&siteGUID={3B62BF55-4A93-48E6-A45D-6A495DC423AD}]Bill Would Penalize Handgun Owners For Failing To Report Thefts[/url] SACRAMENTO 5.22.03, 4:12p - Handgun owners could be fined up to $250 for failing to tell police when their firearms are stolen, under a bill approved Thursday by the state Assembly. Supporters said the measure by Assemblyman Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, would help law enforcement agencies track and prosecute gun thefts and the illegal transferring of firearms. But Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Murrieta, contended the bill was anti-gun owner. "Sometimes gun owners don't know their guns have been stolen," he said. "They ought not to be punished because they are gun owners." Lowenthal said the fines would be levied only against owners who knew or reasonably should have known that their firearms were gone. The bill would require an owner to report a stolen or irretrievably lost handgun to police within five working days of discovering the gun was missing or within five working days of when the owner should reasonably have known of the theft or loss. A first failure to comply could result in a fine of up to $100. A subsequent violation could bring a fine of up to $250. An owner who reported a missing weapon couldn't be sued if the firearm was used to commit a crime. A 48-26 vote sent the measure to the Senate. ____ On the Net: Read the bill, AB1232, at www.assembly.ca.gov
Link Posted: 5/22/2003 5:02:26 PM EDT
"SHOULD reasonably have known of the theft or loss..." Yeah, that will be easy to determine. Who decides what "should" means, Bill Clinton?
Link Posted: 5/22/2003 7:08:53 PM EDT
This bill is a lead-in to total registration. When all guns are registered and the JBT show up on Confiscation Day, many gun owners are going to try to claim to be "shocked" that someone stole their guns just yesterday. First, the DemocRATs will pass this law. Then, next year or the year after, the penalties will be increased, and then increased again. Finally, all of the protections for gun owners in this bill(can't be sued for a crime committed with a stolen gun, etc.) will be removed. Confiscation is coming to Kailfornia, one little step at a time. There are only two things that can stop it from happening to you. The first is to move out of Kalifornia permanently and if I said what the second one was I would probably be arrested.
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