A controversial state gun-confiscation program in California, which relies on weapons registration records to seize legal firearms from individuals deemed to be “prohibited” by politicians, is now being touted by officials, lawmakers, and anti-gun rights zealots as a potential model for a new federal scheme to disarm certain classes of citizens. While California is currently the only state with such a system in place, gun control proponents, including Democrat members of Congress, want to see similar disarmament plots nationwide — along with the government registry of weapons such a scheme would necessarily require.
Critics, though, are hitting back hard at the effort. "What California is doing underscores the threat of passing an expansion of the instant background check," Gun Owners of America (GOA) chief Larry Pratt told The New American in a phone interview. "The instant background check is gun registration — the government will not answer when we ask how they are destroying the names and addresses, as required by law, of those that have been checked. They just don't respond; 'so sue us' is kind of the attitude that they have.”
Considering that type of lawless behavior, GOA — known as America’s fiercest, non-compromising defender of gun rights — says that the push to impose a system like California’s on the entire nation should be considered an outrage. “To do anything that would facilitate what we see them already doing is really going in the wrong direction,” Pratt explained. “It's bad enough that they afflict the people of California in that way. We don't need to do that to the rest of the country."
In addition to seeking to impose the scheme on America, officials in the Golden State are still aiming to expand the size and scope of their own program by doubling the number of state agents assigned to disarming individuals who bought guns before becoming a “prohibited” person. Earlier this month, the California Senate voted overwhelmingly to spend another $24 million on the program — all paid for with funds raised from mandatory “fees” charged to register weapons required by state statute.
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