A catch in state law gives local law enforcement officials complete discretion to interpret California’s primary requirements for anyone wanting to carry a concealed gun. Some counties grant permits to anyone who’s eligible, while others maintain a strict standard.
With the courtroom arguments in two of the biggest gun-related lawsuits in the country complete, attention turns to the 11 federal judges who will rule on them.
Reveal recently identified some of the hundreds of assault weapon parts available on eBay despite its policy prohibiting their sale. A review of the company website found that the parts have been removed, sold or reposted.
At the Crossroads of the West Gun Show near San Francisco, all of the guns on display were secured with plastic ties, rendering them inoperable. It’s an extra layer of security that isn’t found at another Crossroads show in Reno, Nevada.
If Arizona had required gun-ownership background checks for security guards, one guard might not have begun work at a Circle K convenience store where he later shot and paralyzed an unarmed teenager.
Twelve states that reported that they are running guard applicants through an FBI records check actually are obtaining only a fingerprint-based criminal background check.
Private security companies have hired felons, people with mental health issues and former police officers accused of abuse. There are horror stories from nearly every state, and they all point to the same issue: an industry lacking oversight and accountability.
Only four states require armed-guard applicants to undergo a mental health evaluation, which is standard for law enforcement officers.
The California Department of Justice received $24 million in 2013 to spend over three years confiscating guns from people who aren’t allowed to have them. But the state’s top gun regulator says the job will take another two to three years to complete.
A bill that would require armed-guard applicants to undergo mental health evaluations is making its way through the California Senate.
The AR-15 semi-automatic rifle is among the most common guns on the California Justice Department’s list of more than 145,000 assault weapons grandfathered in prior to the state’s 2001 ban.