Sam Peredes, lobbyist for Gun Owners of California, said that using money from "law abiding gun purchasers" to seize the guns of bad guys "is not fair and reasonable, and we believe places an undue burden on those people who are exercising their 2nd Amendment rights."
He contended the weapons confiscation should be paid for out of the state's general fund.
Guess that also means hunting-license revenue shouldn't be used to hire game wardens to track down poachers, who despoil everyone's wildlife.
Peredes lamented that the committee had blown a "historic opportunity to have both the anti-gun and the pro-gun side come together."
And in that sentence he verbalized the gun lobby's isolation from mainstream America. It's blinded by an uncompromising view that either people are "anti-gun" or "pro-gun," denying the reality that someone can support gun ownership while still seeking common-sense solutions to gun violence.
A Field Poll recently found that 61% of California voters believe it's more important to impose stiffer gun controls than to protect gun rights.
The committee ignored the gun lobby and voted for the bill 14-0 — with both Republicans and Democrats on board. Leno says he'll take it up soon on the Senate floor.
A Republican co-author, Sen. Anthony Cannella of Ceres, told me, "It's a great bill. It seems a great use of the fees. It just makes common sense."
As for the gun lobby opposition, Cannella said: "I don't understand it. They always say, 'Take guns out of the hands of the people who shouldn't have them.' "
No longer. They've reloaded with a new refrain.