Last year I wrote about an incredibly stupid gun law that was about to pass in CA. This bill, called AB 352 was introduced by West Hollywood’s Assemblymember Paul Koretz and was easily one of the stupidest proposals I’d ever read. In the last year it’s been edited, revised, and passed up the chain until it was finally rejected by the Assembly this week. The Monterey Herald has the wire story:
“The Assembly also rejected legislation by Assemblyman Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood, that was intended to help police solve shootings by creating a tracking system for bullets. The measure, AB352, would require new semiautomatic pistols sold in California after 2008 to stamp bullets with an identifying mark that would allow police to trace them. It got only 38 votes, three short of the bare majority it needed to move to the governor’s desk.”
Have folks in CA actually started thinking rather than just reacting to guns? Perhaps they have. I could spend far too much time discussing how stupid this law is, from the lack of LEO exemption (meaning it wouldn’t apply to cops), to the ease with which anyone wanting to foil the plan could pick up expended brass at any range and dirty the crime scene with ‘good guy’ marked brass sending officers on endless wild goose chases, to the fact that it does not apply to revolvers because they don’t eject the shell casings. More importantly is the fact that criminals obtain their firearms through illegal means, so adding restrictions to legally purchased guns will have no impact on criminal gun purchanses and something like this will create a whole new black market for weapons purchased in adjacent states so California will have even more illegal, unregistered firearms in the state. The point being, this bill would make law enforcement’s job harder, and only penalize law abiding citizens. I’m psyched that the assembly agreed with me on this one.