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a gun owner will injure himself or
others, it will issue an emergency
restraining order prohibiting the person
from possessing firearms or ammunition
for up to 21 days, without even hearing
what the gun owner has to say.

EVEN THE
GOVERNMENT'S
OWN EXPERTS
HAVE FOUND
IT IMPOSSIBLE
TO SAY WHAT
MAKES A GUN
AN ILLEGAL
"ASSAULT
WEAPON,"
AND TENS OF
THOUSANDS OF
GOOD PEOPLE
HAVE BEEN
TURNED INTO
ACCIDENTAL
CRIMINALS BY
THAT BADLY
WRITTEN LAW.
Within those 21 days, the prohibited
person has to be notified of the order,
get rid of his guns and be given an
opportunity to make his case at a second
hearing. After that, the order can be
extended for a year.
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The law was quickly pushed through
the legislature in the wake of a murder
spree by a crazed young man in Isla
Vista, Calif., near the University of
California at Santa Barbara. In that
incident, the mentally disturbed
attacker first stabbed three men to
death in his apartment. He then
used legally acquired pistols and
legal magazines that held 10 or
fewer rounds to kill three more
people while also running
into and injuring several others
with his car.
Anti-gun legislators saw the tragedy
as an opportunity for a quick strike
against state gun owners and were
successful in getting the law passed.
Of course, so-called "mainstream"
media quickly praised the new law as
"common sense" and sought to vilify
anyone who might speak against it.
The devils of legislation, however,
are typically in the details. That's
where poorly thought out drafting,
or intentionally overbroad statutory
language, typically cause a bill to ban far
more guns-or people from possessing
guns-than a bill's carefully chosen
benign title suggests (or the legislation's
promoters want to reveal). In fact,
gun-ban advocates-and the politicians
who embrace controversial gun control
bills-are trained to "talk concept, not
content" to get them the press coverage
that builds critical name recognition
among uninformed voters, which
makes a substantial difference come
election time.
In other words, the gun-ban lobby
tries to avoid getting into the specific
problems with a bill's language because
they either don't care, or they actually
want the bill to cover more than what
they say publicly. They want the public
to have a generalized emotional, noncritical response to a proposal simply
based on what proponents tell people a
law will do.
So superficially, the manner in which
ab 1014 was promoted-as a way to
keep guns away from very dangerous
people-seems preferable to banning
even more arbitrarily classified and
demonized types of firearms. But it's not

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that simple. California's "assault weapon"
laws vividly demonstrate the difficulty,
and importance, of carefully defining
the terms used when writing legislation.
Even the government's own experts have
found it impossible to say what makes a
gun an illegal "assault weapon," and tens
of thousands of good people have been
turned into accidental criminals by that
badly written law.
Under this latest law, predetermining
which human beings may be
"substantially likely" to be dangerous
will, no doubt, lead to even more
misinterpretation, political correctness
and abuse.
First problem? Even though the
bill was promoted as only allowing
"immediate family members" to ask a
court to take away a person's firearms,
the law actually defines "immediate
family member" as "any spouse,
domestic partner, parent, child, any
other second-degree relation, or anyone
who has regularly resided with the
individual in the past six months."
So not only distant relatives, but
also roommates and houseguests are
"immediate family" now. How many of
them might be anti-gun generally, or
might hold a grudge or have a bias?
Second problem: What constitutes
a "substantial likelihood" that a person
will injure himself or others? How can
that even be determined? As shocking
as this may seem, there are a significant
number of people-including judges-in
California who actually believe that merely
possessing a firearm creates a substantial
likelihood of injury!
"Mass killers prepare their crimes
for many months and even years in
advance," says Professor John Lott,
author of the book "More Guns, Less
Crime" and president of the Crime
Prevention Research Center. "And
they rarely are deterred by legalities."
Lott points out that even psychiatric
professionals are bad at forecasting
future behavior.
"What seems like obvious telltale
signs in retrospect are not so obvious
before the attack, even to the experts,"
he says. "Extremely few of those with
mental illness go on to become killers."



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