New CA Restraining Order Reform – Is This What Victory Looks Like?
Russ Chastain 08.14.15
A new law in California is being touted as a “victory for gun owners.”
The new law, Assembly Bill No. 950, provides an option to gun owners placed under a “gun violence restraining order.” Previously, when the state stole a person’s right to possess a firearm, that person was legally forced to sell his or her guns or to allow the police to steal them.
Under the terms of the new law, a person may “transfer his or her firearms or ammunition to a licensed firearms dealer for the duration of the [restraining order].”
What’s not mentioned in most coverage of this new law is the expansion of government fees it includes. Previous law allows a local municipality to charge fees to a gun owner from/to whom they stole, impounded, stored, and/or released firearms.
As of January 1, 2016, the government may charge citizens for taking, storing, and releasing their ammunition, too.
Land of the what?
Still, it’s an improvement over the earlier command that stripped a citizen of his or her guns entirely. But it probably won’t be cheap to transfer and store your guns with a dealer for a year.