The Sacramento Police Department has been rolling out body cameras for police officers over the past few months, and it expects to place them on all patrol officers by this fall.
Right now, you can find the square-box cameras on officers who don’t have access to in-car cameras, including bike patrols, horse-mounted officers and motorcycle cops. But as the cameras become more common, police want the public to know they’re being filmed, and what exactly those cameras are catching.
How can anyone be expected to follow the law when the law is hidden from the people?
For anyone in California who owns a firearm that may fall under these new laws and regulations it is extremely important that you pay attention to these developments. DOJ previously tried to push through regulations that vastly overstepped their statutory authority which would have had the effect of changing the law that the legislature created and voted on.
It is unlikely that you will have much time to comply with registration requirements as DOJ continues their assault on the second amendment. If you have questions about whether your firearm may need to be registered or what the regulations mean (when they are actually published) please don’t hesitate to contact us at 916-827-1529 so that we may discuss your situation.
The state Department of Justice submitted draft regulations to the California Office of Administrative Law this week expanding the definition of an “assault weapon” in the state.
The state hasn’t released the proposed regulations to the public, submitting them “file and print only” even though California residents are facing an end of the year registration deadline to abide by the yet-to-be established rules.
This comes three months after the withdrawal of an initial proposed rule formulated during the administration of Attorney General Kamala Harris, now a U.S. senator, to address changes required by legislation passed last year. That rule had been submitted after a proposed emergency regulation on making now-outlawed pre-ban magazines capable of holding more than 10 cartridges compliant, which, in turn, has also been pulled.
The National Rifle Association and California Rifle & Pistol Association had fired off a prelitigation letter to the state, warning of several potential illegalities with the initially proposed regulations and now eagerly wants a look at the new regulations.
According to attorney Chuck Michel, the NRA’s west coast counsel, the new statutes give DOJ the authority to establish the regulation on so-called assault weapons and large capacity magazines, but they can’t do it without first asking for public comment on the proposed regulations.
“They just want to railroad it through the Office of Administrative Law and get them published without any public comment,” Michel told Guns.com on Tuesday in a phone call. He fears since the latest set of regs revise the same code sections as the first, there are still multiple illegalities in DOJ’s latest version.
California lawmakers have unveiled a sweeping plan to overhaul pretrial release in the state that could virtually eliminate the use of money bail.
Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Alameda, introduced legislation last December to change a system they argue unfairly punishes the poor by keeping them stuck in custody if they cannot afford expensive bail rates. Updated with new details last Friday, the proposal envisions instead a system of risk assessment to determine who is released and county services to ensure that offenders appear in court.
“It’s fundamentally broken,” Bonta said of California’s current bail law, which allows each county to set its own bail schedule by crime. Offenders can secure their release by paying the entire amount, to be returned at the conclusion of their case, or applying for a surety bond through companies that charge a 10 percent fee.