New State Gun Laws in 2019
It's up to every CCW carrier and gun rights advocate to stay up to date on gun laws in their own state. If you are a CCW carrier, then you also need to be aware of all state laws if you plan on relocating your collection. This year will be a big year for changes in gun control. While most of these changes will take place in California, these changes are not limited to the West Coast. The following bills have either just been passed or are up for a vote as of the time of this writing:
*Assembly Bill 1968. A lifetime ban on the right to own a firearm for anyone who has been admitted to a mental health facility two or more times within a period of a single year or having been judged as a danger to themselves or others. This bill will take effect at the end of the year. Those affected can appeal the ban once every five years.
*Assembly Bill 3129. A lifetime ban on gun ownership for anyone convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence on or after January first.
*Assembly Bill 18. An excise tax on gun sales.
*House Bill 4145. Bans the ownership of guns for people convicted of domestic abuse or under retraining orders.
*Initiative 1639. The legal age of purchase for semi-automatic rifles has been raised to 21. Buyers are required to complete a firearms safety course regardless of whether they seek a concealed carry permit.
*House Bill 2354. Authorities will be allowed to seize guns from anyone determined to be a danger to themselves or others.
*Florida will instill a three day waiting period and a bump stock ban.
*New Jersey has banned gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds.
*House Bill 228. This bill grants a number of legal rights to those affected by local firearms regulations in suing for damages. It also puts the burden of proof on the prosecutor, rather than the defendant, in self-defense cases.
The year has only just begun. It is worth making a note not only of these changes to gun laws, but to any bills being proposed in your state and at a federal level. Being a safe gun owner means not only being able to handle a firearm responsibly, but keeping yourself safe. It is your responsibility to make sure that you won't be punished for arbitrary differences in law from state to state.