The people of California are being denied their Second Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution by Democratic state legislators who are proposing laws that do nothing to curb criminal acts committed with a gun.
AB 760 by Roger Dickinson, a tax of 5 percent on ammunition. It would go to restore pet Democratic programs.
SB 374 by Darrell Steinberg, to ban the sale of all semiautomatic rifles, could lead to confiscation and make criminals out of law-abiding citizens who fail to comply while standing up for their constitutional rights.
SB 293 by Mark DeSaulnier, requires any new handgun sold in California to be equipped with owner recognition, which is not available.
These ill-conceived laws will have no effect on crime. Gun crimes in California, which has the strictest guns laws in the country, were down 33 percent in the last five years and the crime rate with rifles is virtually nonexistent.
The Democrats are attacking the right to bear arms by harassing gun owners with taxes, confiscation, impossible rules and banning most types of guns. These bills must pass by May 31. These bills are unconstitutional, unfair, and a waste of time and money. Call your Democratic representatives now. Then call the governor.
LARRY L. OLSON
Editor's Note: To get the wording and status of state bills, go to http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.