Thursday, July 16, 2015

San Francisco Supervisor Thinks Videotaping All Gun Purchases Would Enhance Public Safety

From CBS San Francisco:
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A San Francisco lawmaker is pushing for gun control reforms that would require the videotaping of all gun and ammunition sales.

Supervisor Mark Farrell has asked the City Attorney to start drafting legislation that would tighten San Francisco’s already strict laws pertaining to the sale and possession of firearms.

“Even though San Francisco has some of the toughest gun control laws on the books in the country – there is more we can do to protect the public,” said Farrell.

Additionally, the proposed gun control package would require videotaping of all places where firearms or ammunition are stored, handled, sold, transferred, or carried. That could include locations as small as a safe, or as large as a parking lot. Anyone authorized to sell ammunition would be required to keep records for up to five years, and transmit the sales data to the SFPD weekly.
Now, remember, all gun sales in California require both state and federal background checks.  Just for fun, imagine if they required every sale of the North American Man-Boy Love Association's magazine BulliTEN (the TEN indicates an ideal age for them) to be videotaped.  (Some years back,  when one of the local stations had the guts to ask why BulliTEN was sold in four out of five gay bookstores in S.F., Roberta Achtenberg, one of the gay supervisors, replied that this was a free speech issue.  Apparently the First Amendment requires bookstores to carry every magazine.)  Such a videotaping requirement would doubtless help catch child molesters, but the ACLU would certainly sue because of the "chiiling effect" it would have.

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