California has the strictest gun control laws in the nation. This is pretty much indisputable. People on both sides of the debate agree completely on this one thing, even if they can’t agree on what color the sky is.
San Francisco is a city that is openly hostile to the Second Amendment, doing anything it can get away with to make it impossible to exercise your right to keep and bear arms.
Even beyond that, there are federal gun control laws.
Contrary to what many think, it’s not possible for a six-year-old to walk into the curb store and buy an AK-47. We may not have as many gun control laws as many other nations, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
And yet, the arrest of three teens in San Francisco illustrates just how every single level of infringement failed.
Seven guns were seized from three San Francisco teenagers who are members of a criminal street gang, police said Monday.
The teenagers and a 20-year-old man were arrested at a home on Reuel Court on August 4.
Police said the incident began when the San Francisco Police Department’s violence reduction team arrived at the home to serve a search warrant and one suspect attempted to flee.
Officers seized a cache of guns and ammunition:
- Glock Model 21 .40 caliber pistol
- Glock Model 22 .40 caliber pistol
- Glock Model 27 .40 caliber pistol
- Privately Made Firearm .223 caliber rifle
- API Aero Precision M4 Carbine .556 rifle
- KEL-TEC PLR-16 .556 short-barreled rifle
- Rifle butt stock
- Loaded Glock Large Capacity Magazine
- Large Capacity pistol drum magazine
- Ammunition of various calibers
Further, looking at the picture included with the story, at least one of those Glocks had a 30-round magazine.
Now, to be clear, it also looks like the KEL-TEC is actually a pistol – there’s no stock, so it’s not properly considered a short-barreled rifle by the ATF at this point – but the rest looks pretty on point.
And depending on what generation those Glocks are, there’s a chance that absolutely none of them are legal in California.
In other words, all those gun control laws, from federal to state level, failed to keep a bunch of teenagers and a 20-year-old man from obtaining firearms. Let’s also remember that California made it so that you have to be 21 to buy long guns in the state, so even the 20-year-old is too young to lawfully obtain any of these weapons.
Honestly, the most impressive thing is how completely the gun control laws failed in this case. However, it’s also remarkably common to see them do so.
Despite all the regulations you can care to name, criminals are going to obtain guns. If teenagers can do it, do you really think all that many criminals are going to get tripped up?
No, they won’t.
Frankly, this arrest illustrates the failures of the gun control laws in question, but it’s also not even enough to consider a drop in the bucket. These aren’t the only underage people running around San Francisco with guns. We’re talking thousands of others, easily.
Gun control doesn’t work. Not to stop crime, anyway.
It only stops good people from being able to protect themselves, but that may just be what the California and San Francisco governments are going for.