ONE-GUN-A-MONTH Raises Its Ugly Head. AGAIN.

More often than not California’s elected politicians don’t know whether to scratch their watch or wind their butts.  They love to use the word “loophole” in an attempt to make sense of a bad idea and the one-gun-of-any-kind-per-month is raising it’s ugly head.  Again.

Senator Anthony Portantino/Photo courtesy of Portantino for Senate

California law currently restricts purchases of handguns to no more than one per person per month because liberal politicians think this will foil the bad guys.  That’s not enough for Senator Anthony Portantino (D-Los Angeles County), though – citing “loopholes,” he wants to extend this useless law to include all firearms plus wants to remove the exemption for private party transfers and redefines a lower receiver as a handgun.

Portantino says that “Recent data suggest that long guns are becoming a significant piece of California’s gun trafficking problem… Preventing the flow of illegal guns is important to public safety regardless of whether the firearm is a handgun or long gun, or purchased new from a dealer or through a private party transaction. Limiting firearms sales to one gun per month is a recognized strategy to reduce gun trafficking and keep firearms out of dangerous hands…”

The problem is – other than being “pie-in-the-sky” policy, is that there is no recognized strategy that demonstrates limiting gun purchases to one a month does anything to reduce crime.  Gun Owners has always supported efforts to prevent the flow of illegal firearms, but there is zero evidence that someone who purchases two guns a month – or ten guns for that matter – is a danger to society or engaging in illicit activity!  In fact, in spite of the fact that long gun purchases in California have literally exploded to over a million per year, a 2015 report by the Department of Justice 2015 (Firearms Used in Crimes) reveals they are used minimally in crimes – roughly 12%.

Virginia used to have a one-handgun-a-month law but it was so ineffective, the state repealed it.  Now, because of a smuggling operation into New York, Virginia Governor McCauliffe wants to re-up the policy.  Maybe he believes those East-coast gun smugglers will pay attention.

As for our own California-grown politician, Portantino recently said there is no reason why someone would need to buy more than one long gun each month.  “This is not the Wild West,” he said. “California’s in the 21st century, and you shouldn’t be able to walk into a gun store and come out with an arsenal.” As if that could actually happen.  Waiting periods, registration, etc. must have plumb slipped his mind…

Of course, we all know that those determined to get their hands on a gun illegally aren’t deterred by one-gun-a-month. Bad guys don’t buy guns from retail stores in broad daylight, under the watchful eye of store security.  Bad guys don’t volunteer their ID or fill out forms and stand patiently while the dealer calls the Department of Justice to see whether they’re a felon. And last we checked, there’s no one-gun-a-month policy when it comes to theft or illicit back-alley deal-making.

It’s true – the days of the Wild West are long gone, but Senator Portantino would be well served if he were better informed about the millions of gun owners in California who are responsible and conscientious.  There is nothing to fear from the law abiding, and it’s about time he and his political buddies figured it out.


  1. Dennis on April 20, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Say what you want about the ass clown liberal politicians and those who support them but I only wish that the right (especially gun owners) were just half as organized and persistent as these clowns. They never give up, they tell their lies until it becomes the truth and they’re kicking our ass everyday all day. 😡😡

  2. Jeff A Williams on April 21, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    When is all the money I donate to you guys and the NRA actually gonna go towards winning some of these battles with these stinking libs!
    I’m mad as hell at you guys and the NRA. I feel like I’m wasting my money.

    • Sam Paredes on May 1, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Jeff, thanks for being honest with us. We totally understand your frustration. We’ve been fighting the anti-gunners in CA for 42 years and it has been a roller-coaster battle for sure. We don’t do this because we want to, we do it because we have to. It is true that we had a tough year in 2016 with the passage of 7 anti-gun bills known as “Gunmageddon” and Prop. 63. What many folks don’t realize is that there were over 35 anti-gun bills that were stopped due to the teamwork between GOC, NRA, and others. Also, multiple lawsuits have been filed to restore our Second Amendment rights in CA and ALL of the groups are cooperating on these. What folks don’t understand is that it’s not a simple thing to just go out and file a lawsuit. Things like ripeness, standing, and plaintiffs have to be considered and we are not the masters of the time-frame on those things. Here is the bottom line, if you choose to end your support we are sorry to hear that. We appreciate your past support.

  3. Bruce Pease on April 25, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    MR Williams
    The liberal gun grabber mentality is counting on us giving up and letting them win. They are entitled to it in their minds, because they KNOW what we really need and want. They glibly invent statistics, but do no research that could show an error in their thought processes. After all, aren’t they the smartest ones in the room(?). Their anti-fans and resistance movement is reminiscent of the Brownshirts in 1930s Germany.
    I for one will not stop and become one of the sheeple that they want us to become. Living behind the lines is not easy, but be an oath keeper if you ever served, if not, look up the enlistment oath we swore to and follow it. “Preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
    B Pease

  4. Tim Sherwood on May 13, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    We. Will. Persevere.

  5. Jeff A Williams on May 31, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I’ll keep supporting you guys as long as we’re under attack from the lying left wack jobs. Im just so frustrated by the lack of wins against the dark side. But I won’t end my support of you guys or the NRA.