California Senate Approves One-Gun-a-Month Purchase Limit for Residents

GunThe California Senate approved extending the one-gun-a-month handgun purchase limit to long guns on Tuesday, thereby limiting Californians to buying only one type of gun each 30-day period.

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The bill is sponsored by Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), who said, “There is no need or reason why a person would need to purchase more than one gun a month.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, Portantino indicated that limits on rifle and shotgun purchases will, in turn, limit straw purchasing. He is worried that some individual are passing background checks, then selling guns “on the underground market to criminals.”

Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Chico) pointed to the failure of California gun control and asked why passing another law would make a difference. He said, “It’s more of the same that will not decrease violent crime.”

California has universal background checks, firearm registration requirements, gun confiscation laws, a ten-day waiting period on gun purchases, an “assault weapon” ban, a “good cause” requirement for concealed carry, and a myriad of other gun controls. Yet they also had the May 23, 2014, Santa Barbara firearm-based attack; the December 2, 2015, San Bernardino terror attack; the June 2016 UCLA murder/suicide; and the October 8, 2016, Palm Spring police officer ambush. So Nielsen’s point is that none of the gun laws have hindered criminals, and there is no reason to believe a new law will do so, either.

Sen. Jeff Stone (R-Murrieta) said Portantino’s gun purchase limit “is yet another example of the government’s trying to infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at

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  1. Patton'sGhost says

    California is governed by nanny boys & girls who are also control freaks…
    Sad what has happened to my home state…
    Will be watching with interest from the intermountain West and working diligently to turn COlorado red again & overcome “The Blueprint”…

  2. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), who said, “There is no need or reason why a person would need to purchase more than one gun a month.”
    There is no need for Sen Anthony Portantino to ever run for office again.

  3. askeptic says

    VA started this 1-gun-a-month insanity back when it was an “essential” element to stop the “Iron River” flowing north from below the Mason-Dixon Line to NYC and environs. It didn’t work then, and this will do nothing against straw purchases and anything else they can think of.
    The way to deal with straw purchasers is to prosecute them in Federal Court and put them in prison…..something that the USA’s have been reluctant to do, claiming it’s not a good use of their resources.

    BTW, a hint:
    The restriction of one gun in 30 days is actually One Gun in 720 Hours.
    If you go into your local gun-shop on the 30th day after your last purchase, and they file a DROS (Dealer’s Report Of Sale) on you, and that 720 hour period hasn’t fully expired – you will be denied by the state.
    Had it happen when just 90 minutes short of 720 hours.

  4. I fail to see how this will be helpful, at all. But when you have dum-a&& dems running the state, this is the kind of crap you get.

  5. True Teacher says

    “There is no need or reason why a person would need to purchase more than one gun a month.”

    Yeah, there is. They’re Christmas presents.

  6. True Teacher says

    How do you delete comments here?
    Now that I have looked up “straw purchase,” I need to withdraw the comment.

  7. The 2nd Amendment clearly states.

    A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution) was adopted, having been ratified by three-fourths of the states.

    You halfwits passing theses laws know you’re violating the rights of the citizens you’re supposed to protect. If you realty cared about their safety you would outlaw sanctuary cities. But the reality is you only care about yourselves and staying in power. One day you’ll all rot in hell.

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