Friday, August 28, 2009

On AB962.

California gunnies, this is a big one. Kevin DeLeon has once again recycled the noxious AB2062...er, AB776. No mail-order/internet ammunition, because all purchases must be face-to-face. Creating a million-dollar database of ammunition purchasers, who must transfer any quantity of ammunition greater than 50 rounds through a registered handgun ammunition dealer. Which of course requires millions of dollars to set up, never mind being, in the finest tradition of expansive

The Senate themselves noted that a 10% hit to ammunition sales would result in a million dollar loss in sales tax revenue. Assuming the damage is that low, and not including Use Tax from internet/mail order sales. (Does anyone actually order by mail anymore? I assume they're also the ones that pay with checks at the supermarket.)

Soooo...what we have, in the midst of a catastrophic budget meltdown, is a program that spends millions with the aim of reducing revenue by millions. Oh, and makes life pointlessly miserable for gunnies and collects even more information about their habits and movements while creating even more bureaucracy and without doing a single goddamned thing about (I assume) crime.

And it just left the Senate suspense file. Shit.

If you live in the Golden State, please take a moment to write or call your Senator. (I say call only as an afterthought, because frankly I don't think I could present a coherent and reasoned argument on the fly whilst vibrating with rage.) A letter to Der Gubernator wouldn't hurt either, what with the veto and all.

(Passing thought:

Mr. DeLeon, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.)

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