California passed AB104, in light of the killing rampage by Elliot Rodger on May 23, 2014 in Isla Vista. The bill will allow police to seize someone’s legally owned guns as long as a family member feels as though they are a risk. Rodger’s parents had as police to check on him before the rampage, but when they interviewed him, they felt they had no reason to search is home. He was stockpiling handguns and ammunition is his bedroom.
Of course there are few other variables to this story.
- Rodger’s parents had no idea he owned any firearms so this bill wouldn’t have prevented anything
- California already has very strict gun laws
- Half of Rodger’s victims were either stabbed or run over with his car
This bill also leaves us with an unsettling possible future:
If the family member has no idea if their relative has any weapons, it’s reasonable to suspect that eventually they’ll allow police to raid people’s houses just because someone says they may be bad. That’s terrifying.
It should not come as a surprise that a bill like this would come out of California. While most average conservatives or libertarians would attribute to California being a mostly Democrat-run state, the reason actually lies in the state’s demographics. California has among the highest population of hispanics and immigrants as a portion of the population of any state. If you were to poll the tenets of the Constitution in most Hispanic or immigrant areas, it would be soundly rejected. As they continue to grow in their proportion of the population, we will see more of the traditional American rights this country was founded on will slip away.
Something must be done.