Posted November 14, 2018 09:07:00 What if you could shop online at second hand retailers without worrying about a gun?
That’s the vision of a group of Californians, who are now asking for the state to allow gun-related businesses to sell firearms.
A proposed bill by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra would allow firearms sales in businesses that meet certain criteria, including that they are within 100 feet of a school or a movie theater, a church or synagogue, or a public place where children congregate.
The bill also would exempt stores that sell items on their premises that are “for lawful sporting purposes.”
The bill is expected to be signed by Becerras successor on Monday.
A coalition of gun rights groups including the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation filed a lawsuit last year in the state district court to block the measure.
The plaintiffs argued that it violates a 1993 California law that prohibits businesses that sell firearms from selling “firearms and ammunition of any kind.”
A judge ruled in the group’s favor, and the law remains on the books.
California’s bill would allow people to buy guns at second-hand stores for a nominal fee, which would be capped at $50.
It would allow stores to charge a $25 fee for handguns, $50 for rifles, and $100 for shotguns.
The proposed bill also limits gun sales to the 10 percent of stores with fewer than 50 employees.
The law would require that at least two gun stores be within 100 yards of each other.
In a statement, Becerres spokesman Jason Giesbrecht said, “California is a nation of laws and the attorney general has the authority to enforce them.
The Attorney General will review this bill with a focus on the needs of the communities in which the businesses operate, and will carefully consider the impact it will have on the communities and the businesses they serve.”
California gun lawsA recent poll by the Los Angeles Times found that just one in four Californians want gun owners to have more legal rights, including allowing them to carry guns in bars, churches, and restaurants.
The survey of 1,003 adults also found that 55 percent of Americans said the Second Amendment should not be “expanded to cover all types of guns.”
The poll of 1 of 1 people also found a majority of Americans oppose allowing gun sales at stores that are not “open to the public.”
The state’s attorney general, Xavier Becerras office, released a statement on Monday saying that the legislation is aimed at protecting the public and the rights of businesses and individuals.
It is important to note that the law does not specifically mention firearms, but the Attorney General’s office is focused on ensuring that all businesses comply with all applicable laws and regulations, and that law-abiding gun owners are not burdened by new requirements.
“While there are a variety of ways that businesses can serve the public in a safe, responsible manner, these types of regulations are not specifically aimed at firearms sales,” the statement read.
“In fact, the Attorney, who is a gun owner himself, has worked tirelessly to promote safe and responsible gun ownership throughout his career.”