California Farmer Charged With 12 Felonies After Trying To Register His Guns

The farmer was charged with 12 felony weapons offenses after trying to comply with a new law.

Bakersfield, CA – A member of a prominent farming family was charged with a dozen weapons-related felonies, after he attempted to comply with California’s state-mandated gun registration laws.

According to court documents, Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann’s home was raided in April, after he attempted to register an AR-15 using the state of California’s website, KGET reported.

Kirschenmann is the CEO of Scott Kirschenmann Farms, Inc., which is one of the chief potato suppliers for Frito Lay.

The businessman was attempting to comply with California’s ever-tightening gun laws, one of which required gun owners to register “assault-style weapons” by the end of June.

He electronically submitted photographs of his AR-15 as part of the registration process, and soon became the focus of a California Department of Justice investigation.

According to court documents, the weapon was “illegally modified,” and served as grounds for the Department of Justice (DoJ) to raid Kirschenmann’s home.

It's not immediately clear what the illegal modification was, but the rifle was presumably not in compliance with the recent bans

Investigators seized two “silencers,” 230 rounds of ammunition, and 12 firearms in the search, KGET reported.

On May 17, the district attorney’s office charged Kirschenmann with a dozen felony weapons-related charges.

He was subsequently released on $150,000 bond.

According to retired Kern County Sheriff’s Office Commander Joe Pilkington, a court-recognized firearms expert, California’s rapidly-changing gun laws have created a significant amount of confusion with regards to what requirements are currently mandated, KGET reported.

"Just in the last few years, there have been lots of changes in gun laws," Commander Pilkington explained. "Making an effort, a good faith effort to comply with these really complicated laws, should count for something."

He suggested that anyone who was struggling to understand the current requirements should meet with a licensed firearms dealer.

"There is this self-registration application on the Department of Justice website, but it may be better to talk to an FFL,” Commander Pilkington said. “Someone who has a license, to talk through whatever these complications are.".

Compliance with the law just got the boost that it needed. /Sarcasm
Oops, millions of gun owners will take their chances.
The odds are against you when you register.
Come and get them.

CA sucks

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER REGISTER ANY FIREARM...!!!!! Registration of firearms ALWAYS leads to confiscation. Every place that requires it possesses the information that some little Hitler needs to confiscate them. Every place that confiscation has occurred (ie: Nazi Germany, New Orleans after Katrina, etc.), confiscation followed. If DemocRats don't know where they are, they can't confiscate them....and in the USA the only ones who would are DemocRat politicians.

I support the concept that people interested in acquiring a rifle, handgun or an assault rifle go through a criminal background check and mental health evaluation. I realize that if the criminals and mentally ill want a weapon that they cannot obtain legally, they will obtain one illegally. I am not a dolt. I get it, if they want one, they’ll get one. You cannot stop guns getting into the wrong hands, you can only slow it down.

I do not support gun owners being compelled to to register any style of gun, currently or in the future. In New Jersey (where I currently live) for the most part, the only people with guns are the cops and the criminals. Basically New Jersey makes gun owners out to be “bad men”. I believe that needs to change. The old saying...”when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns” is still relevant. If more law abiding citizens were allowed to carry concealed and non concealed weapons, I believe fewer criminals would risk it knowing somebody else might be carrying.

Never, and I mean NEVER, register your assault style weapon. You will be labeled a criminal, placed on a watchlist and like the guy in this story, your assault weapons might be confiscated with you arrested. Sure, do the “right” thing, get screwed. The State of California screwed themselves on this one. Anyone, in their right mind, that owns an assault rifle will not register said assault weapons and I don’t blame them one bit.

That is A crock of shit you try to do what the law says to do and you get arrested meanwhile there are hundreds of crooks walking the streats of any big city who are carrying Illegal handguns or Illegals carrying Illegal handguns it just goes to show how much of A joke A lot of these jackass gun laws are becoming.