Something IMO noteworthy happened the other day in Granola State, AKA the People’s Republic of Kalifornia. It’s actually been happening there for some time.
The police went to a person’s home and confiscated their firearms.
California requires registration of certain types of firearms. It thus maintains a database of firearms – close to one million of them at present.
Periodically, they also cross-reference this database against those recently convicted of felonies, and against those involuntarily committed to mental institutions.
In theory, there’s no issue. For convicted felons the Constitution’s 10th Amendment clearly places this within the scope of state authority; their original criminal trial provided the due process required under the 5th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution.
And those who’ve been involuntarily committed “clearly” shouldn’t have access to firearms. Allowing that would be absurd – right?
And yet . . . .
A nice piece discussing some of the current and potential problems with gun control and mental health care.