The impotence of Californias political elite and it’s gun owners.
The San Diego Union-Tribune recently did a piece on ATF finger wagging the LAPD and others for their officers laundering restricted weapons back into the civilian supply at a huge profit, and how some of these laundered guns are showing up in crimes, how some individual officers are laundering HUNDREDS of guns.
The entire letter is hilarious too. Like the cops didn’t know what they were doing is illegal? ‘Sorry about that fam didn’t know, won’t do it again’. I can’t give specifics but someone I know was arrested and tried for the very shit these cops are doing.
Few things to take away from this:
- That ATF merely asks departments give officers an ‘education’ that straw purchasing guns, while for a civilian it would be a raid and arrest.
- As of this writing, the departments appear to be doing nothing. There’s also no grandstanding from Kevin “This Is A Ghost Gun” de León.
This reminds me a lot of the Soviet-Afghan wars. Specifically this quote from Zbigniew Brzezinski:
“[…] We started providing weapons to the Mujaheddin, from various sources again — for example, some Soviet arms from the Egyptians and the Chinese. We even got Soviet arms from the Czechoslovak communist government, since it was obviously susceptible to material incentives; and at some point we started buying arms for the Mujaheddin from the Soviet army in Afghanistan, because that army was increasingly corrupt.”
The only thing that gives these laws the veneer of efficacy is the California gunowners insistence of respecting property rights and law and order conservatism, and a fanatical avoidance of risk. Their own cops aren’t following the law. And this isn’t one bad cop, or Rampart Division. This is multiple police agencies in half the state.
Prohibition showed if everyone violates the law openly it can’t be enforced.
Moonbeam isn’t doing shit because he needs these guys to enforce the rest of his edicts. If only California gun owners had the foresight to take advantage of this.
Nothing written here should be construed as disparaging the cops doing this. Keep doing it I say. In fact I encourage everyone to ship mags into California illegally, as well as other forbidden parts. If you live outside of California and never visit it there’s zero risk of you going to jail. No free state DA or prosecutor is going to press charges against you for such a bullshit charge. A lot of businesses are even shipping mags to that state even though they’re slightly more at risk.
Just drop them into a USPS flat rate box. The police search cars on the road from Reno into California looking for guns, but they don’t search shipments. They couldn’t anyway.
As a parting gift: