While I’m obviously not a fan of California’s gun control laws due to their restrictive nature on rights and liberty - treating every gun owner as if we want to kill people so we need to preemptively be stopped - there’s another practical matter that should be addressed.
Gun controllers have rebranded themselves as “gun safety” proponents. Everything is now a “common sense gun safety measure to promote public safety by gun safety advocates”.
Yet these people who know nothing about guns due to their ignorance and hatred of guns and gun owners are making laws regulating how a gun should or shouldn’t operate, making them less safe in the process.
A gun needs to do one simple thing: fire when the trigger is pulled. And not explode in your hands - which is actually a true safety issue. If a gun blows up in your hands due to a manufacturer’s defect, then yes, they would and should be held liable.
But these gun grabbers write and pass laws that actually make guns less safe. Everything that’s added to a gun that an engineer didn’t add to the gun to make it go bang is a part that can break or malfunction. So-called “smart guns” in which there needs to be electronics added to a gun (and function when needed for it to shoot) are a liability.
But it’s not just about adding features like microchips, micro stamping, loaded chamber indicators, or magazine disconnects.
The typical AR15, for example, has features such as a collapsible stock, a pistol grip, and a forward pistol grip accessory for ergonomic reasons, to make it easier to hold and adjust to the shooter. It has a detachable magazine for ease of reloading and clearing when there’s a jam or other malfunction. It has a flash hider that disperses the muzzle blast so you don’t temporarily lose your ability to see and aim from the flash.
In 1999, though, California politicians defined what an “assault weapon” is by its features, banning collapsible stocks, pistol grips, forward pistol grips, and flash hiders (among other features) on semi automatic centerfire rifles with a detachable magazine. They literally required a rifle to be less ergonomic and controllable, and for you to go blind while shooting.
For pistols, they included as a feature of an assault weapon “barrel shrouds” that would prevent a person from burning their hand on the barrel. It’s even written in the law that that’s what it’s for - “A shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel that allows the bearer to fire the weapon without burning the bearer’s hand, except a slide that encloses the barrel” - and they effectively banned this safety feature.
Also, they declared that rifles with a fixed 10rd magazine that required a tool such as a bullet tip to remove weren’t “assault weapons”. For safety reasons, a designer came up with a magazine release that required a tool to remove the magazine, which became known as the “bullet button”.
Prior to the bullet button, fixed magazines were permanently affixed in the magazine well and were loaded from the top. This was a safety concern, as the upper receiver had to be removed first to reload or clear a jam. Everyone who knows anything about firearms: you don’t work on a weapon until you know it’s unloaded and there’s nothing in the chamber.
Yet in 2016, the self proclaimed “gun safety advocates” decided to again change the definition of what an “assault weapon” is to include rifles with bullet buttons, requiring BY LAW that a semi automatic centerfire rifle with a fixed magazine had to have the action broken first to remove the magazine in order for the magazine to be considered “fixed” for it to not be classified as an “assault weapon”.
Once again, they required a gun to be less safe by forcing it to be taken apart FIRST before it can be cleared.
It’s not just state laws that make guns less safe. Same can be said for federal laws, like NFA restrictions. Restrictions and bans on suppressors (without government permission and taxes) are literally a ban on mufflers that protect the hearing of the shooter. How many people have suffered permanent hearing loss due to this restriction?
Short barreled rifles and shotguns. Initially the federal government wanted to include all concealable firearms in the NFA (yes, that means handguns would have been an NFA item), but settled for “less”. We now have rifle caliber pistols that are basically SBRs without stocks, but are less controllable without a stock.
And bans on select fire rifles created the demand for the bump stock which is a less controllable and less accurate way to fire rapidly. Yes, gun control created the bump stock.
Gun control has literally made guns less safe to operate. And it’s about time those “gun safety advocates” who made them that way were called out for it.