Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann is facing felony charges because he tried to obey gun laws. The California Department of Justice admitted it raided Kirschenmann’s home because he tried to register a gun through the state website, court documents revealed.
Kirschenmann is facing 12 felony charges; including possessing an assault rifle, possessing silencers, and possessing a multi-burst trigger activator. Kirschenmann, the CEO of Scott Kirschenmann Farms, Inc., would face up to three years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted under California Penal Code 30600.
Authorities began investigating Kirschenmann after he sent a state website pictures of an allegedly illegally modified AR15 semiautomatic rifle, TV KGET reported. Instead of helping Kirschenmann, the state raided his house and confiscated a dozen guns, 230 rounds of ammunition, and two silencers.
Obey State Gun Laws Get Raided and Arrested
Ironically, Kirschenmann would have been able to keep the guns if he had simply ignored the state law. The state only found out about the guns when he tried to register them.
Kirschenmann is apparently a wealthy man who lives in an expensive gated community near Bakersfield. His company has made a fortune selling potatoes to Frito Lay to make potato chips. Kirschenmann is a member of a “prominent California farming family.” Kirschenmann is currently free on $150,000 bail.
It is not safe for gun owners to register firearms with California’s Department of Justice, retired Kern County Sheriff’s Office Commander Joe Pilkington told KGET. Pilkington recommended that owners of semiautomatic weapons talk to a federally licensed firearms dealer or an attorney who is familiar with state law before registering their guns.
Pilkington is a court-recognized firearms expert who is very familiar with California’s gun laws. All California gun owners have to register all semiautomatic weapons by June 30, under new state law.
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