It is not surprising that the first police raids to take legally-purchased firearms from citizens are in California. Until recently, the state had the strictest gun control laws and the liberal run state government has always looked unfavorably on the Second Amendment.
Earlier this year, the state legislature expanded the list of what they call “prohibited persons” – people who have legally registered a firearm but, for various reasons, are no longer allowed their Second Amendment rights. These reasons were expanded to include people who are behind on state taxes, did not pay toll fees in a “timely” manner and a wide range of other minor misdemeanors or reported mental health concerns.
In preparation for the crackdown, the state authorized $24 million to hire additional officers to track down 20,000 people on the list. One person on this list was Joe Mendez.
A police officer came to the door and lured Mendez out of his house with a story of a hit and run report. Once outside, he had M16s pointed within inches of his face, was taken into custody and had all weapons removed from his house.
It is important to remember that these were legally- purchased and registered firearms. That gets to the other issue about this initiative.
This case demonstrates what registration lists really are. They are tools to allow police to confiscate weapons. And, all they have to do in California is come up with a reason you should be on the prohibited persons list; a list that is continuously expanding in its scope and definition.
California gun owners beware: your firearms and rights are being confiscated by your liberal politicians.
NWGunslinger did me a favor and dug into the Kalifornia penal/civil code and found it.
From my comments:
It’s CA bill SB 755 and it’s not enacted into law YET! Difficult to read and decipher. It reads like this:
“any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor violation of this section, Section 69, 71, 76, 136.1, 136.5, or 140, subdivision (b) or (d) of Section 148, paragraph (10) of subdivision (a) of Section 166, Section 171b, paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) of Section 171c, Section 171d, subdivision (a) or (d) of Section 186.22, Section 186.28, 240, 241, 242, 243, 243.4, 244.5, 245, 245.5, 245.6, 246.3, 247, 273.5, 273.6, 417, 417.6, 422, 626.9, 646.9, or 830.95, subdivision (a) of former Section 12100, as that section read at any time from when it was enacted by Section 3 of Chapter 1386 of the Statutes of 1988 to when it was repealed by Section 18 of Chapter 23 of the Statutes of 1994, Section 17500, 17510, 25300, 25800, 26500, 30300, 30305, 30306, 30310, 30315, or 32625, subdivision (b) or (d) of Section 26100, or Section 27510, or Section 8100, 8101, or 8103 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, any firearm-related offense pursuant to Sections 871.5 and 1001.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 25400 that is punishable pursuant to paragraph (5) or (6) of subdivision (c) of Section 25400, Section 25850 that is punishable pursuant to paragraph (5) or (6) of subdivision (c) of Section 25850, or of the conduct punished in subdivision (c) of Section 27590″
Nested in all those sections and subsections are misdemeanors related to delinquent taxes. Tolls are taxes in the state of CA and as such are covered under any delinquent tax statute.