May 2, 2013
A recent Los Angeles Times poll reveals that most Americans would oppose expanding California’s gun confiscation program for the rest of the nation.
On Wednesday, the governor of California, Jerry Brown, signed a law that will confiscate guns from residents who legally purchased firearms but were later convicted of a crime or determined to have a serious mental illness.
The law allocates $24 million in “surplus funds” to hire special agents to address a backlog of 40,000 weapons owned by people the state has decided should be denied their right to own a firearm under the Second Amendment.
California suffers from a $16 billion budget deficit. Budget cuts have prevented the state Department of Justice from updating a database that cross-references a list of gun owners and adding to the list of people who will have their firearms confiscated.
Democrats have devised a novel approach to this problem. State Senator Mark Leno from San Francisco introduced legislation that will make gun owners pay for confiscation.
“We know for the safety of our communities that these people should not possess guns, and our reinvestment in this tracking program gives us the opportunity to confiscate them,” Leno said in a statement, according to the Times.
In March, a poll conducted by the public-opinion research and media consulting company Wenzel Strategies found that only 1 in 5 gun owners would comply with a government confiscation of firearms.
“In other words, the government has a huge fight on its hands if it tries to implement a gun confiscation program,” said pollster Fritz Wenzel of Wenzel Strategies.
In early April, before anti-Second Amendment legislation supported by Obama and Democrats in Congress failed to pass, a survey revealed that forty-eight percent of American voters believe the government would use information from a universal background check system to confiscate legally-owned firearms.