Editor’s note: Tim Donnelly is speaking in our County on Tuesday, at the Alta Sierra Country Club, as a guest of Nevada County Republican Women Federated. The local group previously has invited “Constitutional Sheriff” Richard Mack to speak.
“Tim Donnelly, who has made gun rights a centerpiece of his campaign for governor, has a complicated history with firearms,” the Sacramento Bee is reporting.
“The Legislature’s most outspoken Second Amendment advocate, he pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors after carrying a loaded gun into Ontario International Airport in 2012, and he acknowledged recently that the gun was not registered in his name.
“As he’s traveled the state in recent months, he has handled and fired guns at campaign events, raising questions about whether he was complying with the terms of his probation.
“He has also experienced tragedy, the death of a family member following a gun-related arrest. His brother Paul E. Donnelly hanged himself in a Laurens County, S.C., jail in 2000 after he was arrested on charges that included assault with intent to kill, according to records reviewed by The Sacramento Bee.
“In a lengthy interview with The Bee on Friday, Donnelly, a Twin Peaks assemblyman, talked about his brother’s death and his own struggles with suicidal thoughts. On the subject of gun ownership, he said ‘everything I have is legal’ but wouldn’t say how many guns he owns or whether they are registered.
“’I find gun registration to be offensive,’ Donnelly said. ‘I think gun registration is simply so that someday the government can confiscate it.’
The rest of the article is here.