An attempt by Asm. David Chiu (D–San Francisco) to tie a piece of litter on the streets of his hometown to on-going gun violence in the city ended with a bit of egg on the legislator’s face.
Sunday, Chiu tweeted out a photo of the “discarded packaging of a semi-automatic on a leisurely weekend walk.”
Chiu included a photo of the packaging for a Glock 19 semi-automatic air-soft BB gun, which – though designed similar to the Glock 19 – is not a firearm.
The BB gun, though not pictured in Chiu’s tweet, is usually tipped with an orange muzzle to denote that it is not a firearm.
The packaging, however, does note that the gun was the airsoft version rather than the firearm.
Chiu caught considerable flak for the gaffe, as he is a leading proponent for gun control in California’s state legislature.
Beyond parody. The San Francisco Assemblyman freaking out about the discarded airsoft BB gun packaging is also the author of bullet-tracing legislation that has been criticized for not being technically feasible. pic.twitter.com/fLhPX8FLNs— Rob Pyers (@rpyers) May 23, 2021
It actually is a semi-automatic….air soft pistol.— Stephen Puetz (@stephenpuetz) May 24, 2021
This guy just doesn’t get it and keeps playing himself. He has no idea what the term “semi-automatic” even means yet wants to be one of the chief regulators of firearms. https://t.co/Eg8nbzRavR
The San Francisco lawmaker’s marquee achievement in Sacramento was authoring Assembly Bill 2847, which called on gun manufacturers to transition to a form of bullet tracing technology known as microstamping.
Despite being enacted by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2020, the industry has repeatedly argued is technologically infeasible.
After harsh feedback on Twitter, Chiu deleted the tweet and backpedalled.
I deleted an earlier tweet that misidentified a Glock 19 air pistol. While not a semi-automatic, it's still disturbing to see remnants of a weapon that can cause injury, especially in an area where young kids play and while we are dealing with a surge of gun violence in SF.— David Chiu (@DavidChiu) May 23, 2021
It isn’t the first time a high-ranking Democrat in California has taken on gun issues, only to find himself the subject of jokes from the state’s gun enthusiasts.
Former State Senate Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D–Los Angeles) had a similar incident related to so-called “ghost guns.”