LEAA: Gov. Davis Seals His Fate by Signing Massive CA Handgun Ban; Phony 'Safety' Measure Bans Nearly All Models of Handguns Used in Law Enforcement, Self-Defense
9/25/03 5:47:00 PM
To: National Desk
Contact: Kevin Watson of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, 703-847-2677
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 /U.S. Newswire/ -- In a move signaling the sheer desperation of the final days of his administration, California Gov. Gray Davis yesterday signed into law one of the nation's most expansive handgun bans, outlawing new sales of nearly all handguns in common use for law enforcement and self defense.
The bill masqueraded as a so-called safety measure, by requiring all handguns sold in California to be equipped with magazine disconnects and chamber indicators. Organizations seeking to promote gun control and ban handguns deem these 'safety' devices, while firearm safety experts contend otherwise. The law enforcement community expressly rejects the "magazine disconnect" feature, as it seeks to disable the firearm during a magazine change, a potentially life-threatening result for an officer in a shoot-out.
Gov. Davis' bill also exposes California law enforcement and taxpayers to additional liability risk. The law officially defines guns lacking these features as "unsafe guns." As a result, nearly every single handgun used by California law enforcement officers will be officially defined as an "unsafe handgun," a notion certain to be exploited in lawsuits involving police use of firearms.
Noted firearms safety expert, and developer of the acclaimed "Safety On" multimedia firearms safety program, Michael Marks criticized those billing the gun ban as a safety measure; "This law does not provide one cent for safety education and training, and its requirements for mechanical devices whose value are greatly disputed, actually runs contradictory to the generally accepted principles of firearms safety." Marks added, "Even the antigun, Americans for Gun Safety Foundation, in its Universal Firearms Safety Rules, state that people should, 'never rely on a mechanical safety."
LEAA urges Gov. Davis' soon to be decided replacement to reconsider this ill-advised and misleadingly promoted law.
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