Hey folks, we have a special post today, I received a letter from a friend of mine, it concerns a bill that is before The California Legislature. My friend sent me this because he mailed it to his state representative. I encourage anyone who reads this to also write their representative. I have read SB 1160 in it’s entirety, it is nothing more than an extra tax that give CA DOJ authority to “annually adjust these fees as necessary” and imposes a $1,000 fine for every failure to register. It also puts together a state run database of all privately owned firearms, if that sounds scary, or dystopian it should.

Subject: Concerns about SB 1160 and its Impact on Constitutional Rights

Senator, 

I am writing to you to “voice” my concerns regarding proposed legislation which I was recently made aware of, specifically SB 1160.

As a United Stated Military Veteran and lifelong patriot who swore an oath to support and defend the United States Constitution (an oath I still intend to defend), I am beyond concerned with the perpetual legislation being introduced and passed in California, legislation specifically intent on eradicating the rights of lawful citizens to keep and bear arms. No other Constitutional right is so blatantly attacked as is the Second Amendment. Legislators and elected representatives have sworn similar oaths to support and defend the United States Constitution, yet I am baffled by many of their blatant efforts to criminalize and deny citizens their Constitutional right.

SB 1160 authored and put forward by Senator Anthony J. Portantino, seeks to require California gun owners to annually register each and every one of their firearms and to pay an annual registration tax for each one. I firmly believe that this proposed legislation is a clear overstep of our Constitutionally protected rights, and I urge you to consider the following points:

This bill would require, “every firearm in the state, except those specifically exempted, to be annually registered with the CA Department of Justice (CA DOJ). The bill would require the registrant to annually pay a fee (tax), as specified, to be deposited into a special fund that is continuously appropriated to the CA DOJ for the express purpose of carrying out the administration and enforcement of the firearm registry. The bill would require the CA DOJ to establish and maintain a system for the annual registration of firearms and would require the CA DOJ to make registration information available to other law enforcement agencies, as specified. This bill would specify that registration shall not be deemed evidence that the registrant is lawfully permitted to own or possess the registered firearm nor that they are the lawful owner of the firearm. This bill would prohibit possession of an unregistered firearm, a violation of which would be punishable as an infraction.”

I am unaware of any other legislation, Federal or State, which requires a citizen to pay a fee (tax) in order for the individual to exercise a Constitutional right? Can you image Senator Portantino’s reaction, as well as the reactions of his Democrat party comrades, if legislation was presented that was intent on charging citizens a tax before they could cast a vote? Or a tax that had to be paid prior to an individual giving a speech, posting a comment online, writing an article, or any other form of free speech? They would fight any such legislation and tax “tooth and nail”, the same as I, and many of your constituents, expect you to fight against this deliberately unconstitutional SB 1160. 

SB 1160 also raises concerns about potential violations of the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches and seizures. An annual registration of firearms could lead to increased government intrusion into the private lives of citizens and the potential for abuse of power.

While the intention of SB 1160 may be an attempt to address the issue of gun violence, it fails to address the root causes of this issue, such as the breakdown of families, mental health issues, the need for better education on gun safety, and the illegal gun possession by prohibited persons who obtained their firearms through criminal acts and illegal means. Instead, this proposed legislation yet again unfairly targets law-abiding gun owners and fails to provide a comprehensive solution to the problem. Furthermore, criminal actors who possess firearms illegally will not adhere to this new legislation, much as they will not, and do not, adhere to other gun laws already on the books, nor the recently passed SB 2.

Lastly, as you are aware, 18 USC 926 specifically prohibits the creation of a gun registration, “No such rule or regulation prescribed after the date of the enactment of the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act may require that records required to be maintained under this chapter or any portion of the contents of such records, be recorded at or transferred to a facility owned, managed, or controlled by the United States or any State or any political subdivision thereof, nor that any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or dispositions be established.” As outlined above SB 1160 should be “dead on arrival”, period, full stop!

As a responsible citizen, I urge you to take a stand against SB 1160 and any other legislation that infringes on our Constitutionally protected rights.

   

I would like to thank WT for sharing this letter, and add one piece of additional information. The founding fathers of this nation expressly said that “These Rights” referring to rights protected under the Constitution, “Are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights” which means these rights are given by God, not the government, and the government has no right to attempt to take away, or tax away the rights that each and every person is born with.

The opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Tacticon Armament.

2 thoughts on “SB 1160: Letter to the editor

  1. Shane Owenby says:

    Keep up the good work. Faith, Family, and Country will prevail over this. As long as there is air in our lungs and a voice from our mouths. We need to stand together in our battles no matter which state tries to infringe. As you stated these laws will only affect the law abiding citizens, those who wish to do the violent acts of crime have no regard for laws. Please do not turn honest people people into criminals with these unjust laws.

  2. Omar says:

    I hope that 18 USC 926 shuts down SB1160, SB 1160 is the beginning of something much bigger, if this passing some people will register and some wouldn’t, to those that do, will have to pay the registration and later add insurance just to own the gun(s) that will later will become overwhelming that will end up ether in confiscation or giving up your guns, to those that choose not to register will have to pay the $1000+ Fines and have your guns Confiscated and an attack on our 4th amendment (ATF). this is an attack on law abiding citizens. And an infringement of our 2nd Amendment. thank you for posting this.

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