By Sharon Bernstein
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – This week’s deadly taking pictures of 12 folks in a California bar by a Marine fight veteran got here the day after the election of a brand new Democratic governor who has pushed for tighter gun management within the state, which already has a number of the strictest firearms legal guidelines within the nation.
Ian David Lengthy, 28, used a .45 caliber Glock handgun outfitted with a high-capacity journal to mow down patrons late on Wednesday within the bar and dance corridor crammed with faculty college students, authorities stated.
The taking pictures raised questions concerning the efficacy of current gun security legal guidelines as Gavin Newsom, a two-term lieutenant governor carefully aligned with gun management advocates, prepares to take the helm in probably the most populous U.S. state following his election victory on Tuesday.
“He’s been such a champion on this problem so we anticipate to see extra innovation from the legislators and permitted by Gavin Newsom,” stated Laura Cutilletta, authorized director of the Giffords Regulation Heart to Forestall Gun Violence.
By “champion” she was referring to the previous San Francisco mayor’s avid help of gun security rules,
Two years in the past, Newsom co-authored a gun management poll initiative that sought to increase the state’s ban on the sale and switch of high-capacity magazines to incorporate these owned earlier than the unique laws, handed in 1999, went into impact. These magazines had been “grandfathered” into the legislation.
Newsom’s measure was challenged in a lawsuit supported by the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation, and the courts placed on maintain the supply regarding high-capacity magazines.
Newsom on Thursday vowed to push for even stricter legal guidelines. Although he offered no specifics, he signaled a shift from outgoing Governor Jerry Brown, additionally a Democrat, who vetoed quite a few gun management measures, together with a invoice to tighten the state’s legislation in opposition to assault weapons.
“The response isn’t just prayers,” the governor-elect stated at a information convention on Thursday, referring to the taking pictures on the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Los Angeles.
“The response can’t simply be excuses. The response positive as hell can’t be extra weapons.”
Excessive-capacity magazines permit shooters to unleash extended torrents of bullets and scale back the necessity to re-load. Gun rights advocates have argued that such magazines assist folks defend their houses from intruders. However gun security supporters say banning them would pressure perpetrators of mass shootings to pause and reload, creating a gap for legislation enforcement to reply.
It was not instantly clear how or when Lengthy obtained his gun and journal. He was a small baby when California banned the sale of high-capacity magazines and wouldn’t have been in a position to legally personal a gun or ammunition, stated Chuck Michel, a lawyer representing gun house owners difficult California’s ban.
Lengthy, he stated, may have simply gone to a different state to buy a high-capacity journal for his Glock. He additionally may have stolen one.
Quite a few different states, together with Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, and Washington, D.C., ban the sale of high-capacity magazines, in accordance with the Giffords web site.
California requires background checks for gun purchasers, retains information of transactions, and in January is ready to start background checks for purchasers of ammunition.
Earlier this yr, officers went to Lengthy’s house to reply a disturbance name and located him agitated, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean stated. Psychological well being specialists talked with Lengthy and decided that no additional motion was obligatory.
Nonetheless, Dean informed reporters on Thursday that Lengthy, who apparently killed himself within the bar, might have suffered from PTSD.
Whereas Newsom on Thursday didn’t say what further gun management measures he needed to pursue, many gun rights advocates are bracing for an onslaught of recent rules underneath the incoming governor.
“Gavin Newsom has by no means met a gun ban he did not like,” Michel stated.
(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, California; further reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; modifying by Frank McGurty and Tom Brown)