The home of a California man was raided, his guns were seized, and he now has to appear in court this week to face a dozen state felony charges. What led to all of this? He tried to register a rifle in accordance with state law.
California is the leftward land of silliness, where they foster sanctuary cities to protect criminal illegal aliens, and at the same time make life so difficult for law-abiding citizens to be able to protect themselves that it’s like living in an alternate universe.
Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann, a prominent California farmer, is the CEO of Scott Kirschenmann Farms, Inc., which is one of the chief potato suppliers for Frito Lay. He followed the law when he attempted to register his AR-15 rifle with the California Department of Justice last month, and found himself instead hit with a whole bunch of legal problems. The state accused Kirschenmann of illegally modifying the AR-15 he tried to register. Law enforcement raided his home in Bakersfield, and ended up confiscating a dozen firearms and a few hundred rounds of ammunition. They then charged him with a dozen felonies. The man was accused of possession of assault weapons, two silencers, and something referred to as a “multi-burst trigger activator.”
I had to actually look up what a “multi-burst trigger activator” is, and discovered it’s a fancy term for a device like a bump stock that increases the rate of fire of a firearm.
The reason for his new woes? Government. California created a new law, one of the strictest in the country, that redefines an “assault weapon” and requires anyone with a gun that falls under the new definition to register it with the state. Kirschenmann owned the rifle prior to the new state law that turned the subtle change he made to the rifle illegal. Firearms experts say that because the state of California continually changes gun laws, it’s very difficult to maneuver without professional help. I guess “ex post facto” means nothing in the California State Legislature.
“Just in the last few years, there have been lots of changes in gun laws,” Pilkington told KGET. “Making an effort, a good faith effort to comply with these really complicated laws, should count for something. There is this self-registration application on the Department of Justice website, but it may be better to talk to an FFL [Federal Firearms License holder]. Someone who has a license, to talk through whatever these complications are.”
The National Rifle Association said Kirschenmann’s ordeal is proof that even those who attempt to comply with California’s gun laws can still get caught up in them.
“California residents attempting to comply with the Golden State’s ever-increasing swamp of firearms laws and regulations should take warning,” the gun-rights group said in a post on its Institute for Legislative Action website. “A good faith effort to obey the state’s labyrinthine firearm rules will not spare a gun owner in technical violation of the law from the wrath of the California Department of Justice.”
The NRA said California’s prosecution of Kirschenmann is likely to make other gun owners wary of coming forward to register their guns. They pointed to the historical reluctance of California’s gun owners to comply with registration attempts and said this case would only make things worse.
“The California DOJ’s persecution of Kirschenmann, following what appears to have been an honest attempt to obtain assistance in complying with state law, will sow further mistrust between the state government and gun owners,” the group said in the post. “With woeful registration compliance rates, one might expect gun control’s true believers to show leniency to those who make an attempt to comply with the law. Of course, that notion assumes gun-control advocates consider registration in itself to be a valuable public policy. In truth, anti-gun advocates value registration only so far as it creates an additional barrier to gun ownership and enables confiscation. Understanding this, California’s gun-control laws have worked precisely as intended in Kirschenmann’s case.”
When is the craziness going to stop in California? With the continual changes in gun laws, the state government seems like nothing more than a vengeful and vindictive group of people hell bent on attacking its citizens for no other reason than wanting to show that they can impose their will on the citizens they supposedly represent. These government tyrants are the quintessential reason why we have a Second Amendment.