The state of California conducted massive campaigns to confiscate guns supposedly in the wrong hands since April. The raids did not rely on actual evidence of felons possessing guns, or crimes taking place. The state department raided homes of people who had failed background checks using the faulty background checks system. Agents supposedly recovered 51 firearms, 28,518 rounds of ammunition, and over 120 magazines, among other items.
Despite the perceived success, the effects of the confiscations are marginal. Over 62,000 law-abiding citizens failed the background checks out of 345,000 searches made between July and December 2019. Some of the people affected by the glitch in the system were off duty deputies buying ammunition for hunting.
“It’s a little ironic the fact I’m a deputy that I can’t buy ammunition,” Zachary Berg, a Sutter County deputy sheriff, said after failing the ammunition background check.
Despite the massive failure in the system, California law requires the confiscation of firearms for people who fail to pass background checks. Obviously, some law-abiding citizen’s firearms will end up being confiscated, and people give up trying to recover them for reasons other than crimes. You can be sure that trying to recover a firearm wrongly confiscated without due process is not a trivial undertaking.
The gun grabbers, such as California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra, end up including wrongfully confiscated firearms on the list of guns recovered from dangerous criminals. It would be interesting to see the actual figures of felons arrested from background checks-initiated raids. Better still, AG Becerra should provide figures for the actual crimes prevented by such raids. However, parading firearms allegedly recovered from dangerous criminals is easier to use in tricking people into believing in the faulty system.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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