Wearing bulletproof vests and carrying 40-caliber Glock pistols, nine California Justice Department agents assembled outside a ranch-style house in a suburb east of Los Angeles. They were looking for a gun owner who’d recently spent two days in a mental hospital. They knocked on the door and asked to come in. About 45 minutes later, they came away peacefully with three firearms. California is the only state that tracks and disarms people with legally registered guns who have lost the right to own them, according to Attorney General Kamala Harris. Almost 20,000 gun owners in the state are prohibited from possessing firearms, including convicted felons, those under a domestic violence restraining order or deemed mentally unstable.
Comments: This is the goal of the gun control crowd. Notice those only accused of domestic violence, lose their right before due process. Content added by staff.
This is why my wife or I will never tell our doctor we are feeling a little down, maybe a little depressed. Once that enters your record or you are prescribed a drug for a mental issue, you are susceptible to this kind of thing.
This is how it works: The govt. makes a law, and soon we learn when and where to speak our mind. Eventually we decide not to speak our mind anywhere. I already know that I should never tell anyone that I own a gun (if I did own a gun).
FTA: Merely being in a database of registered gun owners and having a “disqualifying event,” such as a felony conviction or restraining order, isn’t sufficient evidence for a search warrant, Marsh said March 5 during raids in San Bernardino County. So the agents often must talk their way into a residence to look for weapons, he said.
Simple solution, don´t let jackboots in without a warrant.
FTA: "Almost 20,000 gun owners in the state are prohibited from possessing firearms, including convicted felons, those under a domestic violence restraining order or deemed mentally unstable."
It´s one thing to be a convicted felon. But how is "mentally unstable" defined, and BY WHOM?
FTA: "Merely being in a database of registered gun owners and having a “disqualifying event,” such as a felony conviction or restraining order, isn’t sufficient evidence for a search warrant......So the agents often must talk their way into a residence to look for weapons, he said."
"talk their way in"? If they don´t have a search warrant they have no f****** business going to someone´s door!
So HIPPA alls the goobernment to know citizen´s mental health records. How about that! IF any of us disclosed confidential mental health information, we go to jail. But the goobernment can get its hands on any and all our records and then do to us whatever the goobernment wants. I don´t even think Hitler had this much control.
Those New Orleans government thugs seized guns from law-abiding homeowners during Katrina because armed mobs of thugs were invading and robbing homes and the government didn´t want them to be inconvenienced.
Even if the list of disqualifying events made perfect sense, that list can be changed at the whim of bureaucrats. It already has. Look at the Lautenbrg amendment for a good bad example. The list might change, but the registry will not disappear when it does. Whats legal today will be illegal tomorrow, and if your guns are registered there isnt a blessed thing you can do about it. Never trust these people. Never register.
Staff, please excuse the second reply. The longer I think about this story, the more disturbing it gets. It is simply dangerous that California seizes weapons from people who are in no way disqualified to own a gun. The final insult is that the gun owner is uncompensated. How can these tyrants get away with confiscation of private property? Has there been a court challenge to this oppressive law?
My gravest 2nd Amendment concern is that democrats have no limits. If dims take the House in 2014 obama and his creepy agents will have no constraints. Can anyone even conceptualize how far democrats will go with gun ownership restrictions if we lose the House? Grab a tight rein.
As Ayn Rand wrote, the government needs criminals in order to rule. Men who are not criminals cannot be ruled. Simple solution is to make laws that make all men criminals.....or something to that effect.
There is one thing certain about the publicized threat to our embassies; it is not what it is presented to be. To accept the official explanation of a nebulous threat from al Qaeda as the reason for closing our embassies across the Middle East and North Africa is being dangerously naive and simplistic. This is much more serious than what we are being told, but not for the reasons we are being given. We are seeing the consequences of a long running “Cold War” on two major fronts of political conflict that could escalate into military engagement with proxy nations
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