Republicans are addressing issues they have with Prop 47

prop47-slide1b-980x326If you thought Republicans were upset about Obama care, don’t be fooled, they are equally pissed at Prop 47 which made certain crimes, normally classified as a felony, are now misdemeanors.  Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R- Lake Elsinore) and City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris are leading the charge.  Both are specifically looking at the language as it relates to theft of guns.

“People are not stealing guns to go duck hunting,” says Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore). “They’re stealing them to commit crime.”

In an article published in L.A. Times, George Skelton makes the case that Melendez’s bill is worth looking at, calling it “common sense”.

Melendez’s bill, AB 150, would restore the old penalties for gun thefts. Stealing one of any value would be a felony. Possessing a stolen firearm could be a felony or a misdemeanor, what’s known as a “wobbler.”

Melendez is still lobbying for support.

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Melendez isn’t the only one looking to ensure it is not easier for criminals to get a slap on the wrist.

City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris and his colleagues, unanimously approved an ordinance that would impose administrative fines for certain offenses.  Gun theft being one of them.  Lancaster Vice Mayor Marvin Crist was quoted on CBS Los Angeles as saying:

Lancaster is the first city in the state to do so but may not be the last.

Well, Proposition 47 put a burden on the local community as far as the limitations so what we are trying to do is protect our citizens from the crime that will be happening because of Proposition 47,” Crist said.

Crist continued: “You could walk into a Walmart, put three 33-inch TVs in, and walk out and nothing be done. The sheriff’s department is helpless under Proposition 47. We want to put some teeth into it.”

Lancaster will vote on the ordinance again next month and hopefully the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s legal counsel will review the city’s ordinance to ensure they don’t have LASD in another lawsuit, that Lancaster refuses to pay towards.

Parris was quoted in L.A. Times article about his city having LASD perform illegal searches of Section 8 participants homes saying:

his city would refuse to pay what he said would amount to at least $10,000 and as much as $40,000 for each person with a claim.

If the county wants to pay millions, let them do it, but Lancaster isn’t going to pay 10 cents of it,” Parris said.

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Parris is a lawyer by profession and clearly doesn’t mind the financial implications for the City of Lancaster since it doesn’t come from his own pocket.  Reminds me of a quote I picked up from former Mayor Richard Riordan “I’ve learned it’s much easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission”.

Apparently R. Rex Parris doesn’t want your forgiveness or your permission.  He wants to #JustDoIt.

Asm. Melendez’s AB 150 is still working its way to the floor.


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About Melissa

I am a lifelong Inglewood resident living in District 4. I serve on PTA and School Site Council as Vice-President, for the last 8 years with Inglewood Unified School District. I volunteer on the Wellness Committee for ICEF Public Schools. I am an alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science. You can find me on Twitter under @CreoleMommie

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