Governor Moonbeam vetoes anti-gun bills

Good on Jerry Brown, Governor of California, he has vetoed two anti-gun bills.

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, of California, vetoed two anti-gun bills today. The bills had passed the state legislature and combined they would have banned the sale and possession of semi-automatic “assault weapons” by name and banned semi-auto rifles that accepted detachable magazines if Brown had signed them into law.

But he didn’t. 

Even more interesting was the message Brown sent to the legislature.  He wrote, “I don’t believe that this bill’s blanket ban on semi-automatic rifles would reduce criminal activity or enhance public safety enough to warrant this infringement on gun owners’ rights.”

What pushed him to veto these bills may never be known. Could it have been the threat of proposed recall elections or the NRA’s threat to file a lawsuit that prompted Brown’s decision? We can only speculate.

However, despite vetoing the two big bills that had California gun owners all riled up, he still signed smaller bills into law. One measure will limit the sales of standard-capacity magazines, one prohibits businesses from applying for “assault weapon” permits, and two bills restricting mental patients from obtaining firearms.

Jerry Brown is not a stupid politician, he knows what the NRA can do and they would like nothing better than to rinse him in a recall.

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