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Halt illegal bills in Legislature

Posted: August 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

The plethora of gun control bills being proposed in the California Assembly and Senate would likely trouble even most liberal Democrats.

There are eight patently unconstitutional gun control bills being railroaded through the Assembly and Senate in Sacramento.

They are: AB 48, AB 169, AB 711, AB 108, SB 299, SB 396, SB 567, and SJR 1.

These eight bills, and maybe others, attempt to eliminate the constitutionally protected grandfather clause with retroactive laws criminalizing lawfully owned firearms and/or accessories, which is expressly forbidden by the U.S. Constitution.

And I’m not talking about just the Second Amendment. The U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 9 and 10, explicitly state:

“No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.”

These constitutional violations are in addition to the violations of the Second, Fourth, Fifth and Ninth Amendments, as well as the Fourteenth Amendment cited in the Supreme Court Heller and McDonald decisions.

Other violations of civil rights include SB 53, which imposes a permit and a fee to buy ammo. A permit and a fee to exercise a civil right is patently unconstitutional. 

This one will give the street gangs another product to deal besides narcotics.

SB 299 also demands that any firearm lost or stolen must be reported to law enforcement or the owner becomes a felon. This, like most of the bills, violates the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and that pesky Fourteenth Amendment.

All California citizens — not just gun owners — should be concerned about violations of the constitutional ban on ex post facto laws. Such civil rights violations will not withstand scrutiny in the courts, and will certainly waste taxpayer money defending the indefensible.

Democrats should renew their tradition of honoring civil rights and refuse to pass any retroactive laws or violation of the rights guaranteed to California citizens.

Attempting to pass such ex post facto laws in California would be a dangerous precedent, and will also result in widespread civil disobedience.

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