By JIM MATTHEWS
First, news from Sacramento: SB 53, that horrific piece of legislation that would force all ammunition buyers to essentially go through a criminal booking process ñ thumb-printing, background check, pay a fine — I mean a registration fee, and have their name on a registry, is about to pass our goofy legislature. The bill would also ban all ammunition sales from mail order companies, essentially eliminating ammunition availability for old antiques and odd-ball guns in calibers not normally stocked by retail outlets. Thinking people can’t fathom the intent of the bill except to harass gun owners.
Senator Kevin De Leon’s bill was amended slightly this week to exempt licensed hunters from the mail order ban. It was a ploy. With over six million gun owners in California and only about 250,000 of us who hunt in this state, this was a feeble effort for De Leon to get some hunting groups who opposed the bill to back off. Hunters and all other gun owners need to call their state Senators and plead with them not to pass this bill. It’s just bad legislation that discriminates against gun owners.
FAST AND FURIOUS: You remember Fast and Furious, the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ (ATF) botched effort at gun tracking that morphed into a gun-running operation that armed Mexican drug cartels and has led to the death of hundreds of Mexican citizens and death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Well, the a judge this week demanded that Eric Holder’s Justice Department release a log of all withheld documents to the court. There is a belief these withheld documents contain information that AFT officials and members of the president’s staff knew of the operation and let it continue even when it became clear the AFF was losing track of the guns. Justice has until Oct. 1 to turn over the log, and eventually all the documents, so the public might finally know who was responsible for this illegal operation.
I would be there will be another computer crash (like the one that ate the IRS documents) that will gobble up the log and all of the documents it lists.