FILE – In this March 5, 2019, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. President-elect Joe Biden has picked Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable Care Act in a leading role to oversee his administration’s coronavirus response. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Xavier Becerra, then-California’s Attorney General but now (as of yesterday) the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, admitted that CA’s gun registration website was so poorly designed that it was widely nonfunctional. From today’s Sacramento Bee:

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office quietly signed a settlement agreement in federal court admitting his agency’s gun-registration website was so poorly designed that potentially thousands of Californians were unable to register their assault weapons and comply with state law.

Under the terms of the settlement filed Wednesday in U.S. Eastern District Court in Sacramento, the state Department of Justice is required to notify each district attorney and law enforcement agency to put on hold “all pending investigations and prosecutions” for those suspected of failing to register their assault weapons.

The settlement agreement is a major setback for one of California’s signature pieces of gun control legislation. It comes 11 months after a federal judge said the state’s newly implemented online ammunition background-check program was so glitchy that tens of thousands of otherwise legal firearms owners were barred from buying ammunition — in violation of their 2nd Amendment rights.

I’d recommend reading the entire article to learn more about this sort of failure-by-design and the lawsuit filed by California Gun Rights Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, and Second Amendment Foundation that led to this settlement and public admission.

When one of the most anti-gun people in one of the most anti-gun states implements a system that, for instance, rejects about 18 percent of valid ammunition purchase background checks it’s a blatant violation of Californians’ Second Amendment rights. But we know that for Becerra it’s a feature, not a bug.


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