Calif. Weighs New Gun Control Bills

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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?


Nancy Skinner, California Assembly member representing the 15th District

Steve Lindley, chief of the Bureau of Firearms in the California Department of Justice

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