Being a firearms enthusiast and a California resident can be difficult to reconcile. As I wrote in an earlier post concerning handguns in California, there are some stupid laws here. A long time ago California used to be a free state where personal responsibility played a key role in the daily life of its citizens. Since that time, it seems, Democratic legislators have instead tried to make it as difficult as possible for people to own firearms, which is surprising because in states like Florida and Texas, where it is actually possible to obtain a concealed carry permit, murders have dropped while in California, where these permits are not readily obtainable, murders rates are high.
Out of the many stupid gun laws in California one which I personally “like” is the issue of having a pistol grip on a rifle. Pistol rifle grips are found in most of the rifles used by military forces around the world including the United States. This is a picture of a typical rifle with a pistol grip:
The rifle pictured above is legal in California, but, because it has a pistol grip it cannot have a removable magazine (try and figure out the logic of that one). To get around this rule, a “bullet button” or a “mag lock” must be installed. What are these strange devices? Essentially, the pistol gripped rifle is modified so that the only way to remove the magazine is to use a “tool” which does not attach to the rifle. Usually this means a simple piece of metal that fits into where the rifle’s magazine release should be and thus releases the magazine. With this bullet button or mag lock installed the pistol gripped rifle is now considered to be California legal!
This ingeniously stupid Liberal “feel good” device is supposed to make us all feel safer because, of course, if you have to use one of these your pistol gripped rifle will no longer be capable of killing anybody. Oh, wait a minute, it doesn’t really do anything except inconvenience its owner because someone intent upon murder will not install one on their rifle!
A way to get around this dilemma is to remove the pistol grip from your rifle and install a “Monster Man Grip.” A Monster Man Grip is the gun owner’s response to Liberal stupidity and, if installed on a rifle negates the need for a mag lock or a bullet button but, of course, it destroys the ergonomics of the rifle itself. Below is a picture of a similar AK-47 as pictured above but with the Monster Man Grip installed:
The rifle pictured above, which has the exact same functionality and lethality as the first rifle is now judged to be California legal. The only difference between the two rifles is that it is now more difficult to hold but you can release the magazine without the mag lock or bullet button. This is absolute stupidity because both rifles are just as deadly and, again, a criminal intent upon killing somebody won’t care whether the rifle is more difficult to hold or not or whether their firearm is legal in California!
The issues surrounding rifles with pistol grips, Monster Man Grips, bullet buttons, mag locks, and silly Liberals in Sacramento passing firearms legislation are all intertwined and go to show how when Democrats try to pass laws surrounding guns all they really do is get a feel good law and 1,000 loopholes around it meanwhile legal gun owners get inconvenienced at the least and our 2nd Amendment rights trampled on in the worst case scenario.
The problem we have in California, and in the United States in general seems to be the lack of personal responsibility by citizens and the government’s willingness to attempt to compensate for it by passing stupid laws that really serve no purpose.
Even the Russians realize how stupid California gun laws are and they decided to work around it (another loophole!) by modifying the AK-47s pictured above into what they call a Saiga:
The rifle pictured above does not have the “evil” pistol grip on it even though it is, mechanically speaking, 95% similar to the first two rifles pictured above. This configuration is called a “hunting rifle” and is legal where “assault rifles” are not. To make matters even more amusing, Liberals in California attempted to ban this rifle because it is based on the “evil” AK-47. There are three companies that import these rifles into the United States but only two of them are listed as being banned because the third was not importing Saigas when the law was written so if you can find a Saiga imported by the Russian American Armory then you can register it in California!
I leave it to you to ponder how stupid these laws are and how stupid Democrats and Liberals in California must be to pass all of these laws that, in the end, do nothing but make it tougher for us to legally own the rifle we want.
Lastly, a criminal will have zero regard for the law and will do what they damn well please, pistol grip or laws included.