California Justice Department Systematically Confiscating Guns of Residents on “No-Gun List”
California Department of Justice special agents, armed with semi automatic weapons and bullet proof vests are systematically confiscating the guns of individuals who are on California’s “no-gun list”.
The list is compiled by cross referencing California’s centralized database of gun owners with records from mental institutions, rehabilitation centers, courts, arrest records, domestic violence records, etc.
Simply coming up on both lists is not currently enough for an outright search warrant on your home, but it is enough to get a friendly visit from half a dozen or more heavily armed and armored agents asking you to turn over your guns.
While I think most people agree keeping guns out of the hands of criminals is certainly desirable, it should not in any way infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens.
In at least one recent case in California a woman admitted herself to a mental facility due to issues with medication she takes. The hospital mistakenly categorized the hospitalization as involuntary and state then confiscated all of the guns belonging to the woman’s husband.
Weapons confiscated are often destroyed.
The state is currently looking to expand the program.
It’s easy to see how quickly registration can lead to confiscation. Today it is confiscation from ‘prohibited persons,’ but who knows what will constitute a ‘prohibited person’ next week, next month, next year, or in 50 years. This is where universal background checks and registration will get us.