4th Amendment: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation...


Senator Anthony Portantino. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

Sen. Portantino Authors Bill to Force Parents to Disclose Guns in the Home

Is Senate Bill 906 a 4th Amendment violation?

By Katy Grimes, March 22, 2022 5:05 pm

Recently introduced legislation proposes to mandate that parents of public school children must disclose to the school district if they have guns in the home, how they are stored and if they are accessible to the children.

This bill appears to be the Nanny State on steroids, crossing forbidden, protected frontiers.

SB 906 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge) “would require, on or before January 1, 2023, the State Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Justice, to develop model content for use by local educational agencies related to a threat or perceived threat of an incident of mass casualties at a school,” the bill language says.

Senator Portantino’s website defines SB 906 as “a bill that prioritizes student safety by increasing available information on gun access and safe at-home storage of firearms while ensuring quick and robust investigations of imminent school threats.”

Notably, there is no bill analysis available yet.

No bill analysis yet on SB 906. (Photo: screen capture, 3/22/2022)

As Gun Owners of California notes, Sen. Portantino must not be familiar with the 4th Amendment to the Bill of Rights: “The 4th Amendment not only protects, but also promotes the expectation of privacy, ensuring that we, as Americans, have a right to be free from intrusion in our homes.”

The Fourth Amendment says:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

If this dubious bill passes, what’s next? Where does this parental disclosure to public school officials stop? Will parents next be required to disclose how many knives are in the home? Or “dangerous” dogs? Or whether parents strictly adhere to the food pyramid when feeding their children? Will parents be mandated to disclose if they have Tide Pods in the home? Will Sen. Portantino demand to know how much alcohol parents have in the home, or what types of prescription medicines? Or maybe how much alcohol parents consume in a day?

To continue reading this article, click the link: Sen. Portantino Authors Bill to Force Parents to Disclose Guns in the Home - California Globe

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