Updated at 8:55 a.m. Feb. 14, 2013
Gun-control bills pending in Sacramento are “as bad as it gets,” a San Diego NRA activist told a meeting this week of county Republican officials.
Michael Schwartz of the National Rifle Association, reporting on last month’s efforts to defend the Del Mar gun shows, said: “Your Second Amendment rights are about to be taken away from you.”
Schwartz noted a package of 10 proposals in the state Assembly and Senate that would ban hollow-point bullets, expand the list of banned assault weapons and lead to “100 percent gun registration.”
“The only reason you register guns is for taxation and confiscation,” Schwartz told about 200 people attending the monthly meeting Monday of the county Republican Party Central Committee at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.
Updating GOP members on the letter-writing campaign on behalf of the Del Mar gun shows, he said it went “fantastically well,” with several groups joining the campaign—generating about 500 letters.
It didn’t change many minds, he said, but “the value of the letter was [public relations].”
In Sacramento, 10 bills target guns, including one authored by Sen. Marty Block, a Democrat who represents San Diego from Del Mar south to Coronado.
Block’s bill prevents unregulated gun loans, with exceptions, including hunting, according to the Oakland Tribune.
Schwartz acknowledged the likelihood of these measures being approved, given the Democratic supermajority in Sacramento. He urged Republicans to fund the groups that will take these measures to court.
And he sought more donations to the NRA.
“If you’re sitting here and not a member of the NRA, there’s no excuse,” he said. “It’s a fight against tyranny. … If you don’t own a firearm, the clock’s ticking.”
He urged the mostly white and middle-aged audience to “be a part of a well-regulated militia,” and gave advice on how to argue against gun-control efforts.
Schwartz, a Santee resident, said guns are needed to help the government in the event of an armed attack on America.
“Say you don’t have a gun,” he began. “What would you do? ‘My crazy neighbor’s got some guns. I’ll go over to his house.’
“And the neighbor would say: Look, I got two kinds of guns here. I’ll give you a revolver—it’s got six shots. … Or I’m going to give you an AR-15 with a … 30-round magazine.
“Which would you go in the militia with?
He said: “That’s what the Second Amendment is about. Try that angle.”