California just decriminalized gun theft, making it easier for bad guys to get their hands on firearms and to avoid criminal prosecution. I know it sounds ridiculous considering that the Golden State has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation, but that’s how gun control works; punish the law abiding while rewarding the criminals.
Prop 47, a ballot initiative to reduce “non-serious” felonies to misdemeanors, passed last Tuesday with a 58% voter approval. In addition to making most drug possession a non-arrestable offense, the ill conceived law also decriminalizes all property crimes with theft values under $950 including, specifically, gun theft.
Going forward in California, anyone found in possession of a stolen firearm will be issued a ticket and sent on their merry way. Likewise, anyone caught stealing a gun, so long as it is valued at $950 or less, would get a slap on the wrist. Presumably, the stolen firearm would be confiscated, but that is not explicitly stated so, who knows?
But hey, don’t take my word for it. Check out what the Sacramento County Sheriff’s department put on its FaceBook page:
Effective immediately, the passage of Proposition 47 will have the following effects on the custody and policing practices of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department:
1. In most instances, many crimes that were previously “arrestable” as a felony will now only be “citable” as a misdemeanor. That means they may not be booked into jail but rather given a citation (similar to a traffic ticket) with a court date to appear, and released in the field. They will not be held pending trial. Such felony crimes that are now misdemeanors include:
• Commercial burglary (theft under $950)
• Forgery and bad checks (under $950 value)
• Theft of most firearms
• Theft of a vehicle (under $950 value)
• Possession of stolen property (under $950 value)
• Possession of heroin, cocaine, illegal prescriptions, concentrated cannabis, and methamphetamine
With gun theft and possession of a stolen firearm now equal to making an illegal left turn, criminals will be empowered to steal and pack heat. If they get busted; so what? Worst-case scenario, they’re out one firearm that they didn’t pay for in the first place and they’ll have to pay a fine that they will ignore.
Let’s put this into perspective. California has laws regulating the type of weapons that may be owned, how those weapons must be stored, and how those weapons may be transported. Violating these laws could, and likely would, result in a felony conviction, confiscation of firearms, and a surrender of gun ownership rights. An otherwise law abiding person could be headed to jail for simple ignorance of California’s complicated and contradictory gun laws. On the flip side of that coin, a scumbag with a rap sheet a mile long can now get busted with a stolen firearm and never face any serious justice.
Taking it a step further: a law abiding citizen carrying a legally-owned firearm not in accordance with California’s unconstitutional gun laws is now a bigger criminal than a shitbag gangbanger, banned by law from possessing a firearm, who gets busted carrying a stolen gun.
Gun grabbers claim they want to keep the guns out of the hands of bad guys and that “commonsense” gun control will make everyone safer. As you can see, the opposite is true, at least in California. The good guys have almost no rights to protect themselves while the criminals have almost no law to stop them.
I wonder if the morons that voted for Prop 47 realize how much less safe they just made themselves. In addition to decriminalizing theft and illegal gun possession, the law will dump tens of thousands of hardcore criminals on the street who are currently serving time for the crimes that have been reduced. Way to go, Cali!