California’s gun laws toughest in the country, study finds
December 11, 2013
California has the toughest gun laws in the country, according to a study released by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. [LA Times]
The two gun control advocacy organizations released their state-by-state analysis Monday, in which California received an A- grade, the highest mark of any state.
Since the shooting a year ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, eight states, including California, have passed “major gun reforms,” said the Brady Campaign California policy chair Amanda Wilcox.
“A record 11 bills were signed into law, including measures to keep guns out of dangerous hands and closing loopholes in California’s law prohibiting large capacity magazines,” Wilcox said. “The research shows that strong gun laws can keep people safe from gun violence. We know that California’s strong gun laws are saving lives.”
The Brady Campaign supported 18 gun control bills that Governor Jerry Brown received this year.
Advocates for gun ownership did not dispute California’s ranking as the state with the toughest firearm laws.
“We definitely have the most oppressive and intrusive violations of the 2nd Amendment of any state in the country,” said Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California.
The Brady study identified one “important gap,” though, in California’s gun laws. Proposed legislation, SB 53, that would require background checks and permits for ammunition purchases did not become law.
Gun control advocates plan to push for the approval of SB 53 next year.