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Calif. Weighs New Gun Control Bills


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A shopkeeper shows a customer an AR-15 style rifle at a sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Americans purchased a record number of guns in 2012.
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A shopkeeper shows a customer an AR-15 style rifle at a sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Americans purchased a record number of guns in 2012.

A spate of new gun control bills are being introduced in the California Legislature, in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. California already has the strictest gun control laws in the country. The new laws, if passed, would further regulate the sale and purchase of ammunition, ban mentally ill people from purchasing guns and impose other restrictions. We discuss California's new approaches to gun control. Have such laws been effective in preventing violence?

Host: Rachael Myrow

Guests:

  • Gene Hoffman Jr., director and chairman of the Calguns Foundation
  • Julie Leftwich, legal director for the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
  • Michael Hammond, legislative counsel for Gun Owners of America
  • Nancy Skinner, California Assembly member representing the 15th District
  • Steve Lindley, chief of the Bureau of Firearms in the California Department of Justice

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