Much to the chagrin of the NRA, California lawmakers have passed a new gun measure that restricts the sale of certain single shot handguns.
The law will outlaw the sale of certain handguns that can be altered into semi-automatic weapons.
“This is a significant step to protect the integrity of the safe handgun law in California,” assemblyman Roger Dickinson, a Democrat who authored the bill, told Reuters.
Under existing California law, semi-automatic weapons must have an indicator showing when there is a bullet in the chamber. Yet many manufacturers do not include such indicator so gun shops convert the guns into single shot before selling them. This makes the altering of these weapons back into semi-automatic weapons very easy.
The NRA was quick to speak out against the new law, saying it will only hurt law-abiding citizens who want to purchase these handguns by:
“Eliminating the only options for Californians to purchase numerous handguns that are commonly owned throughout the rest of the country.”
Even harsher was Brandon Combs of California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees (CAL-FFL), saying, “Sadly, the status quo for elitist Sacramento politicians is to ignore the Constitution and act with blatant hostility towards our Second Amendment civil rights and sound public policy.”
Yet the new law does nothing that either organization claims it does, as it does not outlaw the sale of either type of gun, it now only requires that gun manufactures abide by state law and install the indicator and no longer force gun resellers to alter the guns before sale.
This law merely closes a loophole people were using to circumvent the law; it will not affect a single sale to anyone who has the legal right to purchase a firearm.
(h/t Huffington Post)