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California Attorney General says feds not exempt from state ‘safe’ handgun law (with poll)

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has determined federal agents are not covered by an exemption that allows California law enforcement officers to purchase “unsafe” handguns denied to non-LEOs.

“The AG says the feds can only buy firearms listed on the Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale (like the rest of us),” attorney Chuck Michel wrote on CalGunLaws.com.

While it may sound absurd on the surface to allow police officers to walk around with guns the state has deemed “unsafe,” the language is deceptive. They’re not talking about things like guns that blow up in your hand due to faulty design, material defects or workmanship.

“To not be considered ‘unsafe,’ handguns must pass performance tests and have certain features that (in theory only) make the firearms allegedly safer,” Michel explained. “Most problematic for the California public is the recent development that before any semiautomatic pistol can be added to the Roster of guns approved for sale they must be equipped with ‘microstamping’ technology.

Oakland considering ban on violent tools at protests

Oakland considering ban on violent tools at protests
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. -- A proposal to ban hammers, wrenches, shields, sling shots, paint projectiles and other potentially destructive items at protests will be considered by the Oakland City Council at its meeting on Tuesday night.

The ordinance prohibiting so-called "tools of violence and vandalism" during a demonstration is being proposed by Councilman Noel Gallo, who said in a letter to his colleagues that it's designed to counter violence that occurred during recent protests against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Gallo said the damage to businesses in downtown Oakland and the adjacent Chinatown district included broken windows, graffiti and arson. In addition, a waiter at the restaurant Flora was hit in the face with a hammer, he said.

Gallo said the ordinance is needed because "the Oakland Police Department needs additional tools to help protect life and property in our city."

So are hammers a freedom of speech issue or is the council looking at the wrong tools?
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