Women and the Poor Are Biggest Victims of Gun
Licensing Law, California Libertarians Say.
To: State Desk
Contact: Juan Ros of the California Libertarian Party,
818-782-8400 Web: http://www.ca.lp.org
PANORAMA CITY, Ca., August 30 /U.S. Newswire/ -- A bill requiring
gun buyers to obtain a government license before purchasing a gun
will do nothing to curb violent crime -- and threatens the safety of
women and low-income families, the Libertarian Party of California
"In their zeal to appear tough on crime, state lawmakers are
making it easier for criminals to terrorize the public while making
it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves,"
stated Libertarian state chair Mark Hinkle.
"If this bill becomes law, it will bring California one step
closer to outlawing guns completely -- leaving us all victim to
random violent crime."
The bill, AB 273 by Assemblyman Jack Scott (D-Pasadena), barely
passed the State Senate Monday on a 22-15 vote and is pending in the
Assembly where Senate amendments must be approved by tomorrow before
heading to Governor Gray Davis's desk.
If signed into law, handgun buyers would have to obtain renewable
$25 licenses by passing a series of tests before being allowed to
purchase a gun. California already has some of the most restrictive
gun laws in the country, including a one-a-month handgun purchase
limit, a trigger-lock requirement, and a ban on so-called "assault"
The main problem with the new law, according to Libertarians, is
that it will lead to increased crime -- the exact opposite of the
bill's intention. "Criminals will not jump through the government's
hoops when they want a gun. They will simply buy a gun on the
street," Hinkle pointed out.
"But a woman being stalked will have to wait about a month before
she can hold a gun under the new law -- threatening her security and
What's worse, those most vulnerable to crime -- the poor -- will
see their access to self-defense further diminished. "When the sale
of 'Saturday Night Specials' was banned last year, the poor lost
their access to inexpensive self-protection. Now the government is
going to force them to also submit to expensive training classes and
license fees?" Hinkle asked.
"Californians should not be deprived of the means of protecting
themselves. We urge the Assembly and the governor to reject this
bill and strike a blow for self-defense -- and against violent thugs."