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There is no state in the country more anti-gun than California. Pretty much everything being pushed at the state and federal level is something that California has had for years at this point. To make matters worse, they’re pushing more all the time.
However, a recent arrest illustrates the absolute failure of that gun control.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office said it arrested a felon in possession of guns after he fired a gun during an argument with a roommate.
Deputies arrested 41-year-old Merced County resident Francisco Gonzalez on Friday after responding to a report of a disturbance between roommates and shots fired in the 4000 block of North Highway 59, according to a news release.
Authorities said deputies spoke with the victim and learned that Gonzalez threw water at the victim during an argument. In retaliation, the victim threw mouthwash into Gonzalez’s eyes, according to the news release. According to Deputy Daryl Allen, the victim spoke with deputies after leaving the home where the argument occurred.
Gonzalez was located at a nearby residence in the 4000 block of North Highway 59 and deputies recovered a .380 caliber handgun as well as a fully automatic AR-15 rife.
Now, first, I doubt it’s a fully-automatic AR-15 because of the charges filed against him. He was booked on the charges of “suspicion of discharging a firearm in a negligent matter, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, child endangerment likely to cause great bodily injury and possession of an assault weapon.”
If it was a full-auto weapon, I’m pretty sure there would be something about possessing a machine gun in and amongst the charges. The “possession of an assault weapon” is a state-level law that applies to semi-auto weapons like the AR-15.
However, Gonzalez is a convicted felon. He can’t pass a background check to save his life, but California requires a background check for every gun purchase.
So, what happened?
Well, the article doesn’t detail how Gonzalez got his firearms. However, as I said, there’s no way he legally passed a background check. That means he broke the law in some way, shape, or form to obtain those guns. So did whoever sold them to him.
My guess is that these were obtained off the black market, either through an initial straw buy or were stolen guns that haven’t shown up as stolen. Either way, they weren’t sold through a legitimate transfer.
You know, the sort of thing that all those gun control laws are meant to prevent?
Meanwhile, law-abiding citizens have to jump through hoops to purchase firearms. If they want a handgun, they have to choose from an ever-shrinking list of options. Rifles like AR-15s are also a huge issue with California working to make it virtually impossible to purchase one. All of these laws get in the way of the average man or woman who has never committed a crime.
Yet Gonzalez had a handgun and an AR-15 in his possession despite his status as a felon.
Tell me again why gun control is supposed to be a good idea?