'Convenient' System Glitches
Lead to Confiscations

By K. Lloyd Billingsley. May 28, 2020

Since last July 1, California has required background checks for those purchasing firearm ammunition. As we noted, by December 2019 the state had run 345,000 background checks and rejected 62,000 Californians legally entitled to purchase ammunition, including off-duty sheriff's deputies purchasing shotgun shells to hunt ducks. Officials blamed glitches in the system, but for Ari Freilich of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the system was working as intended, as a "red flag" law allowing seizure of weapons from those who have committed no crime. As it turns out, Freilich was on to something.

Last month, the state Department of Justice mounted "a dozen operations to confiscate firearms and ammunition possessed by owners who failed background checks," the Sacramento Bee reports. Agents seized 51 firearms, 28,518 rounds of ammunition and more than 120 magazines, and there was more. They also found 116 grams of methamphetamine and a whopping four grams of heroin. No word on whether those who possessed the drugs were part of any legal needle exchange program like the one in San Francisco.

"Gun violence is the last thing our communities and children should have to fear during a public health crisis," proclaimed Attorney General Xavier Becerra. "Background checks can save lives and DOJ's firearms operations help make that happen." .....

This appears to be (just) another method to deprive good people of their 2nd Amendment rights - not only inflicting a draconian method of purchasing ammo but, using failed background checks to facilitate seizures. As has been mentioned before, the NICS system is failed and instead the alternative BIDS is a much better option. It works like wanted posters - the FBI simply alerts gun dealers of hardened criminals who are banned, by secure and encrypted means with tracking logs.


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