Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday signed into law a gun control measure restricting the sale and ownership of a powerful rifle critics said might be used by terrorists.
His signature on AB 50, by Assemblyman Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood, came hours after the Republican-led Congress allowed the nation's assault weapons ban to expire, and as Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry used the lapsed ban to attack President Bush on the campaign trail.
Two steps forward, one step back. When this bill passed the legislature, I called upon the governor of California to veto it. Instead, he signed it into law. Coming on the heels of the expiration of the Assault Weapons Ban, this is a blow to gun owners everywhere.
So, does Arnold have to run in November? If so, I hope the California voters send him a message.
For those who don't know -- this ban will cover both semiautomatic and bolt-action rifles in .50 caliber or larger, and imposes registration with a strictly limited permit system. Confiscation should be anticipated at a later date.