I must say I’m experiencing a bit of Schadenfreude nowadays — at least as much Schadenfreude as the current times will allow.
Oh those poor anti-gunners in California. For decades they’ve donated millions to anti-gun politicians for anti-gun legislation, posed for pictures with demanding moms and bombarded us with their unsolicited opinions about the evils of gun ownership.
And then the coronavirus crept into the Golden State.
Suddenly, they no longer feel safe in their mansions. Time to get a gun, right?
Well, not so fast. There’s a few hurdles to overcome first — hurdles of their own making.
Eat a 10-day waiting period with your granola, Californians. Wash down some background checks for lead-free ammo with your Chardonnay, and don’t even think about buying ammo online or in another state, since that too is illegal.
Make sure you select a handgun off the approved roster, but make a good choice, since you’re rationed to one handgun per month.
Want an AR — my pick for home defense? Bad news. You can only purchase California compliant rifles that are so far removed from what the rest of the country enjoys, you can’t even call them an AR. Good luck finding standard capacity mags too. While they’re not yet illegal to possess, they’re illegal to import or to buy or sell.
If you get a handgun, don’t even think of carrying it unless you’re extremely wealthy, extremely politically connected or both, but even then it’s a crap shoot. And don’t bother trying for an out-of-state CCW permit, because California only honors one state’s CCW permit, California’s.
Well, Californians, you could always try that online loophole your favorite Senator, Dianne Feinstein, is constantly harping on. You know, that supposed website where you can buy a gun and have it shipped to your home without a background check.
There have been stories recently, since the virus broke, that California residents are emailing large national gun dealers trying to do just that — get guns shipped straight to their homes.
Ah, the hypocrisy — I can almost taste it.
Let’s not spoil the surprise by telling them this too is illegal, the website is a myth and that they’re going to have to wait in line at a gun shop like everybody else.
While I empathize with anyone who wants a firearm to protect themselves and their family — especially now — states like California, New Jersey, Hawaii and more are going to have to reap what they sow when it comes to gun restrictions, at least for now.
Our side has preached the benefits of self defense for decades and these anti-gunners have scoffed.
You’re less safe with a gun in your home, they’ve said.
Well, answer me this, Californians, you’d feel a little bit safer with a gun in your home now, wouldn’t you?