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California Gun Owners Say President’s Gun Proposals Won’t Work

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The key components of President Obama’s gun proposals have been in force in California for years.

That’s why some gun owners aren’t convinced they’ll work.  California banned assault weapons after the Cleveland Elementary School massacre in Stockton in 1989.

Patrick Purdy killed five children and injured two dozen more with an assault rifle before killing himself.  Large ammunition magazines are also banned in California and there are strict background checks and a waiting period.  Gun enthusiasts aren’t convinced that those laws are stopping gun violence from criminals who circumvent the laws.

“I’m O.K. for gun control if it’s going to stop the criminal, but taking guns away from me because I want to go shoot and I’m trying to do it legally? I mean, how does that stop anything?” said Matt Pugmire as he was entering a local gun store.

Pugmire says government officials haven’t owned up to mental health cutbacks that have led to unstable individuals getting and using guns.

“Start treating those people with those conditions that are starting all this stuff,” said Pugmire.

While California’s gun laws are already stronger than some of the President’s proposals, gun owners in the Golden State can’t rest easy.  That’s because California lawmakers are introducing even more gun restrictions.

Among them is a law that would punish gun owners for not using gun locks, requiring a $50 yearly permit to purchase ammunition, limitations on how much ammo you can buy at a time, and restricting devices that would cause a semi-automatic weapon to fire more quickly.

Next year, a law will take effect which requires shotguns and rifles to be registered.

Some gun owners remain skeptical about how effective new federal and state laws will be.

“You can put all these laws into effect but I don’t think it’s going to work at all,” said gun owner Alan Reeser.

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  • kgm656

    These politicians in California are some of the biggest idiots in the nation. They would go to unbearable lengths to look all mighty in the eye of the rest of the nation. They know they can't stop criminals and mentally deranged individuals from acquiring guns. So what do these idiot politicians do? they go after the law abiding citizen and taking there rights away to make it look like they are really doing something about it. These politicians keep pushing the buttons of the 2nd amendment rights of law abiding citizens their going to have a civil war on there hands.

  • Bernie

    As long as the democrats run California it will always run down hill. They are living in La La land when it comes to weapons. All the laws they have and still all the murders they have here is because the criminals don’t go by any state law, so they make up lies and create more gun laws.

  • TheButterZone

    CA.gov: Criminals protecting criminals, with "gun control" (making victims defenseless, so they can be murdered, raped, and maimed with impunity).

  • inwall

    We don't have to speculate about the effectiveness of these gun prohibition laws, we've have them in place for more than 20 years and they've accomplished nothing. There is your real inconvenient truth.