The draconian gun control measure in Sunnyvale, Measure C, has passed with a 66% to 34% vote; all precincts reporting with only a few provisional and late mail ballots to be counted as I retire for the evening.
I am not a lawyer, but I venture to say that the following may happen as a result of this law.
If you live in Sunnyvale:
- If you decide to keep any magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds, be real kind to your neighbors, friends and acquaintances. An anonymous call by someone mad at you could cause you untold grief when the police com calling to confiscate your magazines. They do not have to make any repairs if they rip up floorboards or other hiding spots in their search.
- If you have a firearm in your nightstand or under your mattress, or anywhere in your home that is not securely locked, and you are not in the immediate presence of said firearm, you are a criminal. Let’s say you are alone watching a movie on the couch with your favorite handgun tucked in between the cushions. If you go out into the kitchen to cook more popcorn and do not take the firearm with you, you are breaking the law.
- If you have a firearm stolen from you, but you discover it more than 48 hours after it was stolen, you are breaking the law.
If you do not live in Sunnyvale:
- If you take a firearm to be repaired in Sunnyvale, make sure you do not have any standard magazines that are capable of holding more than 10 rounds.
- Do not drive through Sunnyvale with a magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds. If you are stopped for a traffic violation or even at a sobriety checkpoint and the officer discovers magazines than have a capacity of more than 10 rounds, you will be in a heap of trouble.
- Be prepared to give your thumbprint and personal information if you buy any ammunition at any store in Sunnyvale.
- If you happen to be a person who is lucky enough to have a CA CCW permit, do not leave your firearm in the car n attended, even if locked in the console. That means you cannot go into a place that serves alcohol in Sunnyvale.
If you own a store that sells ammunition or firearms parts:
- You must get rid of all magazines that are capable of holding more than 10 rounds, unless you keep them out of sight and only for sale to law enforcement. This probably includes repair parts also.
- You will have to keep a lot more paperwork for every ammunition sale.
- Expect a dramatic drop in ammunition sales.
- Good luck!
I would bet the NRA, SAF, CalGuns and other gun rights groups will file lawsuits starting Wednesday morning.