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California Senate Debates BB Gun Bill

The California state Senate has passed a bill that would penalize parents if their children openly display a BB gun in a public place.

The legislation would fine parents one-hundred dollars for the first offense and two-hundred dollars for the second.

Supporters assert today’s BB guns are being manufactured to look just like real assault weapons. They said parents should take responsibility to make sure the guns are properly stored.

But Republican Senator Doug La Malfa said the bill goes too far.

“Back in my day," recalled La Malfa, "you could jump on your bike in the morning with your BB gun and drive all around the neighborhood or up through the hills and do what you do, a little plinking here and there, and it wouldn’t hurt anybody now at this point we’re going to make criminals out of people for not properly storing a BB gun.”

The bill has support from some law enforcement. It passed the Senate 21 to 17. It still faces one more vote in the Assembly before it could move to the Governor.

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RightFolks | August 22, 2012 at 11:38 a.m. ― 4 years ago

...and this is what they do when we have an 11% unemployment rate and crushing fiscal problems? When will voters clean house in Sacramento?

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oldfart1951 | August 23, 2012 at 4:01 a.m. ― 4 years ago

I may be as old or older than dirt but this is so over the TOP that if this wasn't happening in California I'd be guessing it was!

California has way to many over the top movie stars, over paid/ under worked drug/ alcohol using commie idiots walking around free!

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benz72 | August 23, 2012 at 8:51 a.m. ― 4 years ago

Hopefully the senate can soon address the terrible super-soaker epidemic and keep us safe from those squirting hooligans. [/sarcasm]

I suppose if they can’t address any real problems they can always make a mountain out of a molehill and pat themselves on the back for having climbed it.

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ccts200504 | August 23, 2012 at 9:01 a.m. ― 4 years ago

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llk | August 23, 2012 at 9:40 a.m. ― 4 years ago

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DeLaRick | August 23, 2012 at 11:21 a.m. ― 4 years ago

Seems a little too authoritarian for my tastes.

Deeper meaning: The police have become so militarized, not even children with BB guns are safe.

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