A civil rights activist believes California Democrats' flurry of
new measures has been introduced in an effort to catch up to New
York's tough gun laws.
Under Assembly Bill 231, which has been proposed in the state
legislature, California gun owners would have to purchase liability
insurance that would cover any damage or injury caused by the
firearms they own. The measure was introduced just before state
Democrats announced ten proposals that would make California the
toughest on gun control in the nation (
see earlier story).
Robert Knight of The American Civil Rights Union suggests that
this new effort just shows that lawmakers in The Golden State feel
like they need to catch up.
"It looks like California was alarmed that New York state was
actually going farther to the left and assaulting the Second
Amendment," he poses. "So they had to catch up quickly. After all,
California has a reputation to uphold as the most radical state in
One of the authors of AB 231 also introduced a measure that
would give an income tax credit of up to $1,000 to individuals who
give a gun to a gun buyback program.
Attempts to pass similar bills have been unsuccessful in other