On Tuesday Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) tweeted a video of Ronald Reagan praising California’s waiting period and background check legislation and claimed Reagan would be kicked out of today’s Republican Party for saying kind words about gun control.
Newsom did not mention what gun control Reagan praised: a waiting period and background check on the purchase of a handgun. That wait and background check system was adopted by California in 1974, according to UPI.
A 15-day waiting period on long gun purchases, allowing the California DOJ to perform background checks on firearms beyond handguns, was signed into law by Gov. George Deukmejian (R) in March 1990. The long gun background check was enacted in 1991 and resulted in background checks on all gun sales, which was followed by firearm registration, confiscatory policies, and limits on the number of guns a law-abiding citizen can buy each month, among many other controls.
Despite all those controls, California was the number one state in the nation for “active shooter incidents” in 2021 and has seen numerous mass shootings thus far in 2023.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 23, 2023
Newsom also did not mention that Reagan limited the number of machine guns available to civilians via legislation he signed in 1986.
That legislation, the Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA), redefined what the term “gun dealer” meant and barred civilians from buying machine guns made after May 19, 1986.
By shrinking the supply of machine guns available, the FOPA contributed to surging prices for the limited number of machine guns civilians can legally own.
AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. AWR Hawkins holds a Ph.D. in Military History, with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.