A bill that would effectively shut down all gun dealers in California is speeding though the state assembly…and aides to the Governor told the L.A. Times “he will sign it.”
The bill will mandate a series of onerous requirements that would force nearly every gun store to close their doors.
The four requirements, identified by the NRA are:
- A prohibition on licensee business premises being on a residential property.
- A clear statement that localities may impose more restrictive requirements on licensees than those imposed by state law.
- A requirement that licensees maintain full color video surveillance that is of sufficient quality to provide for facial recognition and records all firearm transactions on the premises, all locations where firearms and ammunition are stored, the immediate exterior of the licensed premises, and all parking facilities owned by the licensee. The video equipment would be required to run during all business hours and be set to begin recording when motion is detected at all other times. The licensee would have to certify to having compliant video equipment at least yearly and make any needed repairs to the equipment within 15 days of any damage. The footage would need to be stored on the premises for at least five years, but that could be extended if the footage may be part of a law enforcement investigation. Licensees would also be required to post a prominent sign indicating that customers are being recorded.
- All licensees would be required to have a liability policy of a minimum of $1M per incident to cover liability arising from “theft, sale, lease or transfer or offering for sale, lease or transfer of a firearm or ammunition, or any other operations of the business and business premises.”
As Breitbart points out, the first requirement bans FFL holders from selling guns in their home, where most FFL holders do business. The second permits local jurisdictions – in liberal California – to pass even more restrictive laws than the proposed state law.
The third of the requirements makes selling a gun tedious not only by requiring video surveillance of the sale by also by outlining what must be videoed and when it must be videoed, and mandating that FFLs get a certificate each year confirming video compliance. There is no mention how much the “compliance certificate” will cost.