California’s Gun Confiscation Program Based on Faulty Gun Registry

If you need any proof at all that governments in this very country intend to use gun registries as a means to track down and confiscate our firearms, California is only the latest example to prove it.

California used its registry of guns to begin a program of confiscating guns from people they claim are “criminals.”

But the system the state has devised to identify these evil-doers seems to be quite screwed up. Just ask Bakersfield resident Michael Merritt who was confronted with this roving goon squad of cops that have been cruising the state and confiscating guns from people who may or may not be guilty of owning guns in violation of “the law.”

Merritt was sitting home one day when cops came slamming their fists on his door demanding he turn over all their guns because he violated the state’s drug laws… back in 1970.

The resident could barely remember the bust for marijuana for which he served five weekends of jail time back in the day, but the cops assured him that he pleaded guilty to “a felony” and because of that–despite that he had no other offenses–he did not deserve to be able to observe his Second Amendment rights to self protection.

Cops told him that he had violated state code 11910, a felony they claimed.

So, to avoid being beaten up and his house destroyed by the cops Merritt gave up his guns. But it turns out that not only is code 11910 off the books today, even back then it was a misdemeanor, not a “felony.”

Merritt was lucky in as much as the jackboots looked up the violation when they got back to their base and realized they had mischaracterized the “violation.” They later gave back the man’s firearms.

But how many others has this happened to? How many California citizens have had their firearms stolen from them under the color of law even though they were innocent of any violations?

Of course, we don’t need just California to prove it. Authorities in New York have also used its gun registry to threaten the confiscation of guns. After the anti-Constitution law the SAFE Act was passed in the Empire State, officials sent letters to gun owners threatening them for owning guns they had registered in the past.

Governor Cuomo also warned that he could begin confiscating guns or set up forced buy-out programs–itself a form of confiscation–to rid the state of guns.

Of course, Canada already proved that already. When Canada initiated its gun registry supporters insisted that it would never be used to confiscate guns. Turns out they lied.

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Posted by on February 6, 2014.
Filed under 2nd Amendment, Big government, Constitutional Issues, corruption, Culture, Culture Of Corruption, Democrats, Gun control, Liberals, Media.
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events.He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com"The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • jim_m

    Wait! You mean the dems were lying when they told us that registration would not lead to confiscation? I’m Shocked.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      How long until traffic tickets are justification for confiscation of firearms?

      • BlazeBroker

        Traffic violations are already grounds for the denial of so much as a premise permit in NYC

  • Lawrence Westlake

    Well, you can thank Gray Davis and the Dem state legislature for the law under which that seizure was sanctioned. Actually, ironically enough, in large part you can thank Bill Simon and the Golden State’s “true conservatives,” who saddled the GOP back then with arguably the worst major election candidate in history (until Angle, Buck, O’Donnell, DioGuardi, Akin and Mourdock came along), rather than letting the party nominate the far more electable Richard Riordan. Voting has consequences. Casting de facto votes for Democrats itself is a mental disorder. That aside, you didn’t actually read the cited article, did you, von Loopy? FYI, that dude had 18 guns, of which only 5 were registered. The cops returned everything to him within a couple of weeks. Plus on a macro level the plural of one anecdote does not equal any data. I don’t see any task forces anywhere near Southside Park, much less in my kitchen. Plus in any case so long as the stormtroopers stay out of country clubs, sewing circles and coffee klatches, you’ll be A-OK.

    • LiberalNightmare

      Since disqus doesn’t display the names of the people who cast down votes, I thought I’d tell you that I was the tenth down vote.

      I don’t want there to be any misunderstandings.

    • Vagabond661

      This is part and parcel of all LW’s comments.

    • Glock _ 10

      I’m the 13th down vote…….

      • 914

        I’m the 18th .. What I win?

  • cookiect2003

    California is not issuing warrants for this. Why are people letting them in?

    • Glock _ 10

      From what I have heard it’s intimidation. If someone asks you for your weapons with a swat team standing behind them you might think twice about arguing with the guy asking the questions.

  • mcian

    Ray Charles could see this abuse happening. This is just one of how many unreported screw ups and incorrect data? I hate this state more and more everyday and wish I could just pack up and leave… but circumstances prevent this from happening.

  • lhecker51

    The Cal DOJ Firearms division employs many. Because of this, they must justify their existence by “creating” crisis to react to. How else will they make bonus? The registry has given them a reason to exist and an eternity of work to check every citizen that has ever registered a gun. Public employees are masters at justifying their position and pay.

  • ontoiran

    oh yeah…you know what; i sold those at a gun show back in ’010

  • http://www.tempeteaparty.org Lee Reynolds

    Never, never, never, never, never let ANYONE know what you have.

    If you live in a state where you are required to testify against yourself by revealing what guns you own to apparatichiks, MOVE.

    • Charles Hammond Jr

      I’ve found that the best response a lone individual can do when faced with a government that he doesn’t agree with is to leave.

      Sticking around only supports the beast you hate with your tax dollars.

  • magic1114

    This is why I really love private party sales. No paper trail… Period.

  • dtwenty7

    This is a good thing.. I am a Concealed Carry Permit holder, and own a couple dozen guns.. This law wouldn’t impact me even if I lived in California. If you don’t commit felonies, or beat your wives and girlfriends, you will be just fine. Even the example above is a success story.. The guy got his guns back.. This is how gun carrying societies should work..