You have to remember that the only job legislators have is to pass laws. Its like having a hammer…when you have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
So, they look at bad information being spewed by anti-gun people like this:
"Reporting Lost & Stolen Guns
Every year, hundreds of thousands of guns are lost or stolen in America, with one gun stolen from an individual owner every two minutes. Stolen guns can be diverted to the illegal gun market, where they are used to fuel crime across the country. Lost and stolen reporting laws help reduce gun trafficking by requiring individuals to report loss or theft to law enforcement shortly after discovering it." (Source: https://lawcenter.giffords.org/gun-laws/policy-areas/gun-owner-responsibilities/reporting-lost-stolen-guns/#identifier_2_468)
Law makers don’t want stolen guns to end up on the street and in the hands of criminals. Neither do law abiding gun owners. However, the law makers read information like that above and say “we need to pass a law”. So they push a law like this, thinking that doing so will make everyone safer. But does it? How does this law make everyone safer? Criminals have little concern whether the gun they use to commit their crimes is stolen or not.
Passage of a law requiring gun owners to report firearms stolen within 24 hours of discovering them stolen does NOTHING to prevent, deter, or punish criminals for stealing firearms or possessing stolen firearms. It does NOTHING to make criminals engage in less crime.
If lawmakers want to make a true impact on criminal conduct, pass laws that increase the punishment for stealing a firearm or possessing a stolen firearm.
The more we allow them to pass gun laws thinking “well, how is that bad for us”, the more we go down the path of more and more restrictive gun laws. How we have it in California should be a cautionary tale for everyone else.
Here is just a sampling of what I personally have to deal with in California because of incremental “common sense” gun laws that have passed over the years:
- I cannot buy, transfer, or import magazines that hold more than 10 rounds
- I must go through a background check EVERY TIME I buy ammo
- I must wait 10 days before taking possession of any firearm I buy
- I cannot buy more than one firearm per month
- I cannot buy any handgun that does not appear on the CA approved roster of “safe” guns (https://oag.ca.gov/firearms/certified-handguns/search)
- And, I can’t buy the latest and greatest handguns (no Glock 43, no Taurus PT-111 G2, no Mossberg MC1sc for me) because no new semi-autos can be added to the “safe” roster now unless they are “designed and equipped with a microscopic array of characters that identify the make, model, and serial number of the pistol, etched in 2 or more places on the interior surface or internal working parts of the pistol, and that are transferred by imprinting on each cartridge case when the firearm is fired.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_A.B._1471)
Remember, these kind of law makers see gun owners as the problem and in need of being regulated and controlled, not the criminals.