By Dan Walters
Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 – 5:21 pm
As the California Legislature churned toward adjournment this week, it was considering – as usual – new laws to inhibit gun ownership, adding to what are already, for better or worse, the nation’s most restrictive gun controls.
The centerpiece of this year’s array of gun control bills is one that would allow police or family members to seek court orders to confiscate guns from people they believe to be prone to violent acts.
It was introduced in response to a shooting and stabbing spree earlier this year by a mentally disturbed young man in Isla Vista, home to a University of California campus, that left the killer and six others dead.
Californians already have upward of 20 million firearms, but ownership is regarded as a secular sin by those on the political left – hence a steady stream of measures, on any pretext, to make buying and owning guns more difficult and more expensive.
Advocates say strict gun laws prevent violent or criminal acts, but there is no empirical evidence that they do. And at some point restrictions on law-abiding gun owners run afoul of the constitutional right to bear arms that the U.S. Supreme Court has reinforced in recent rulings.
Earlier this year, a federal appellate court ruled that California’s sheriffs and police chiefs cannot arbitrarily deny concealed weapons permits without violating constitutional rights and declared, in effect, that an upright citizen who meets reasonable standards of competency has a right to a permit.
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