You Don’t Want to Miss This!
As part of their efforts to justify increased firearm purchase fees and universal gun registration nationwide, California politicians are enhancing a program that identifies people who are prohibited from possessing firearms, ammunition, ammunition components, clips, magazines, and speed loaders, and sending out teams of police to confiscate them. And with a new funding source from fees forced onto law-abiding gun purchasers, this program will be getting more aggressive. If you are unsure of your status to possess firearms, police may be knocking on your door!
“California is the first and only state in the nation to build an automated system for tracking handgun and assault weapon owners who pose a threat to public safety,” said a state senator from California. “Taking guns away from dangerous, violent individuals who are prohibited by law from owning them is smart and efficient law enforcement,” said Attorney General Harris.
They call it the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS). Sounds great doesn’t it? Too bad the “system” doesn’t work that way.
As demonstrated in a video which NRA News recently released, featuring accounts from innocent victims of the APPS program, the informed critical opinions a former DOJ agent who actually took part in APPS sweeps, and firearm civil rights attorney, C.D. Michel, the APPS program is at best ineffective at getting guns from violent criminals, and at worst a campaign of civil rights violations mislabeled as crime fighting.
While the idea behind APPS program is good in theory – seeking to disarm the truly dangerous elements of society – that is not what the APPS program is actually doing. Using recent tragedies to make APPS sound like something it is not, anti-gun politicians have mischaracterized what APPS does, and stolen millions of dollars from firearm purchasers (via the fees they are required to pay) to expand the APPS program.
In fact, as the NRA’s important video shows, APPS suspects are overwhelmingly non-violent, good people who were unwittingly prohibited from firearm possession and typically don’t even know their prohibited status or that they may be violating the law. They are hardly the dangerous criminals or scofflaws politicians make them out to be.
There are ways to protect yourself and your fellow gun owners! First, watch the video. Second, the firearm rights attorneys at Michel & Associates have published a legal memorandum providing a breakdown of the APPS program and tips on how to handle any issues that may arise from it. Confirm your status and learn your rights!