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  •  How did they confiscate them in California? (4+ / 0-)

    Did they go to houses?

    If people did not turn them in, how many people were prosecuted for not complying?

    •  They went door to door in some counties... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...but mostly not. Here's what happened:

      The California AWB of 1989 allowed owners of existing assault weapons to keep them if they registered them by a certain date.

      But those who interpreted the law, named Roberti-Roos after its authors, initially said that the Norinco SKS-D, SKS-M and SKS Sporter were not assault weapons. Nobody had to register these guns and people bought them in fairly large numbers. After the original AWB registration grace period closed, however, the state decided to redefine the SKSes as assault weapons.

      So all those had been bought from 1992-1997 were now illegal since they had been purchased after the ban's grace period for registration had closed. But a new grace period was allowed for registering SKSes. So owners registered them. Giving the government a registry of the owner of that particular firearm and an address.

      But then the state decided that those SKSs registered during the grace period were illegal because the grace period  constituted an ex post facto act and was therefore itself illegal.

      Legislation was passed in 1998 so that federally licensed dealers and people who bought or sold those SKSes got immunity for violating Roberti-Roos AWB. They were given  until 01-01-2000 to sell the guns out-of-state or turn them into law enforcement for monetary compensation.

      Compensation was set at $230 a rifle, well above the selling price at the time.

      None of the other weapons included in the AWB in California, still in effect here, have been confiscated unless owned by felons or people adjudicated as dangerously mentally ill.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:05:06 PM PST

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