California State Sen. Anthony J. Portantino introduced legislation that requires the state Department of Justice and gun retailers to determine the legitimacy of hunting licenses issued for people under 21 before purchasing a gun.
The reason for the legislation stems from a shooting in which a man purchased a firearm using an invalid hunting license. He then shot and killed a 60-year-old woman. It is important to note that the hunting license used to purchase the gun was not valid at the time of purchase.
This legislation will hinder hunters from purchasing firearms while doing little or nothing to stop any crime. Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, said the Department of Justice has a poor record of completing background checks quickly and accurately since the state law was expanded to require them for ammunition purchases last year.
“You’re now asking the DOJ, which has a history of bungling databases and juggling databases that do not speak to each other, to hire personnel that can make everything work together,” Paredes said. “And you’re going to add by necessity the California Department of Fish and Wildlife into it in order to verify the hunting licenses because they’re the ones that maintain that database. We envision a coordination nightmare.”
I support Californias law that allows those under the age of 21 to purchase guns with a valid hunting license. The new legislation tries to make that harder for law-abiding hunters. The mass shooting that took place in California was not done by a hunting license holder. It was done by a person that did not have a valid hunting license. Once again criminals will find a way to commit crimes and politicians continue to punish those of us that follow the law.