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    On a sunny July afternoon, James Oliver Huberty drove his black Mercury Marquis to a McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, near the border with Mexico, bearing a small arsenal and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. He opened fire on cooks and counter workers, on diners and employees hiding in a storage area, on a mother and her infant, on three boys bicycling through the parking lot. Twenty-one people died in what, at the time, was the worst mass shooting by a lone gunman in U.S. history. I covered the murders for United Press International. Today, the 1984 San Ysidro McDonald’s massacre, as it’s come to be known, barely makes the Top 10. In the sanguinary years since, there have been more than 130 mass shootings, according to a database kept by the news site Mother Jones that counts incidents in which four or more people were killed. Those are decades in which the nation’s gun laws have generally grown more permissive, weapons more readily available and lawmakers in Washington notably less responsive to the majority of Americans who favor stricter...
    The sweet, smoky smell of incense wafted toward a crowd of hundreds outside Monterey Park City Hall on Tuesday night, just a few blocks from the dance studio where 11 people were killed in one of three mass shootings in California since last week. Gazing out at a sea of candle-lit faces, Monterey Park Mayor Pro Tem Jose Sanchez paid homage to the dead and the community he represents. “They lost their lives in a small, quiet, beautiful, diverse and familial town that we call home,” he said. Monterey Park is a small enough town that Sanchez, who will assume the role of mayor on Wednesday, also works as a high school teacher in the neighboring community of Alhambra. “Today was not a day of instruction in my classroom, but a day of remembrance,” he said. “My classroom of 36 students was not a room of work, but a shrine of hope.” A few people stood in front of him, holding up a massive white banner with messages from Alhambra students scrawled on small purple hearts, blue doves and red...
    SACRAMENTO —  Incumbent Democratic Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta won by a wide margin over Republican defense attorney Nathan Hochman in California’s race for top cop — a position that rose in importance and relevance after two U.S. Supreme Court decisions this summer rolled back laws on gun control and abortion access. The Associated Press called the race, though official results will take longer to finalize. Bonta was leading with more than 57% of the votes counted. Bonta, a former San Francisco Bay Area state lawmaker known for his progressive views on criminal justice, campaigned on the promise to defend California’s robust abortion laws and continue his work to end gun violence and illegal firearm ownership. “What is next for our nation remains unknown, but what is known is that no matter what happens in Washington DC, no matter what radical Republicans try to throw our way in state houses, your attorney general will go to court, sue, and fight back,” Bonta said in a prepared statement after the race was called. Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Bonta last...
    Republican Congressman Mike Garcia and former Assemblywoman Christy Smith, a Democrat, are vying to represent a northern Los Angeles County district that includes Lancaster, Palmdale, Santa Clarita and a sliver of the city of Los Angeles. The race is one of 10 key California contests in the Nov. 8 midterm election that could determine the balance of power in the House of Representatives. The formerly Republican district has become bluer, as L.A. residents have moved in seeking affordable housing. Smith’s answers are drawn from a questionnaire sent to candidates in competitive California congressional races; the responses have been edited for clarity and length. Garcia did not respond, so information about his views were collected from his congressional record, public comments, campaign website, social media and news coverage of the race. Experience and priorities UPDATED Oct. 19, 2022 | 4:35 PM Why should voters choose you? SmithSmith said she and Garcia hold “greatly contrasting visions” and criticized his congressional record, including votes against certifying two states’ electoral results in the 2020 presidential election and opposing the American Rescue Plan and...
    California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta has spent the last year and a half working on the same progressive issues he supported during his tenure in the California Assembly. Bonta, a Democrat, has created a new gun violence prevention office and set up a regional program to apprehend human traffickers and sexual predators. He’s called out an “epidemic of hate” against communities of color and other vulnerable groups and has leveraged a “housing strike force” to get local governments to comply with state laws. More recently, Bonta took control of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s criminal investigation into Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and others. He also said his office would investigate the Los Angeles redistricting process after The Times published a recording of a racist conversation among city leaders trying to increase Latino political power. Nathan Hochman, a Republican defense attorney and former federal prosecutor running to unseat Bonta in the Nov. 8 election, doesn’t think that’s enough and says he would do things differently. Bonta, the first Filipino American to serve as the state’s top law enforcement official,...
    By DON THOMPSON | The Associated Press SACRAMENTO  — California punched back Friday against two recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions as Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he will sign a controversial, first-in-the-nation gun control law patterned after a Texas anti-abortion law. His action comes one month after conservative justices overturned women’s constitutional right to abortions and undermined gun control laws in states including California. Newsom stitched the two hot-button topics together in approving a law allowing people to sue anyone who distributes illegal assault weapons, parts that can be used to build weapons, guns without serial numbers, or .50 caliber rifles. They would be awarded at least $10,000 in civil damages for each weapon, plus attorneys fees. “While the Supreme Court rolls back reasonable gun safety measures, California continues adding new ways to protect the lives of our kids,” Newsom said in a statement released before he signed the bill. “California will use every tool at its disposal to save lives, especially in the face of an increasingly extreme Supreme Court.” Lawmakers patterned the bill, at Newsom’s request, after a...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to appear at a news conference in Los Angeles County on Friday morning to discuss his administration's efforts to strengthen California's gun-safety laws.On Thursday, Newsom signed eight gun safety bills into law.One law includes a 10-year ban on gun possession if someone is convicted of child or elder abuse.Another law prohibits the sale of firearms, firearms parts, or ammunition on state property.The other laws focus on the manufacture and sale of firearms and require schools to report any possible threat to law enforcementCalifornia punched back Friday against two recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions as Newsom announced he will sign a controversial, first-in-the-nation gun control law patterned after a Texas anti-abortion law.His action comes one month after conservative justices overturned women's constitutional right to abortions and undermined gun control laws in states including California.Newsom stitched the two hot-button topics together in approving a law allowing people to sue anyone who distributes illegal assault weapons, parts that can be used to build weapons, guns without serial numbers, or .50 caliber rifles. They...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom has lately gone on the offensive, taking out a TV ad in Florida attacking Republican politicians running the state for repressive policies on voting rights, schools, and free speech, and urging those who care about freedom to join him in California. On Friday, NBC News reported that Newsom is now bringing the same fight to Texas. "Newsom is running full-page ads in Texas newspapers Friday trolling Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to highlight a new California gun law modeled on the Lone Star State’s restrictive abortion law," reported Alex Seitz-Wald. "The ads, first shared with NBC News, will run in the Austin American-Statesman, Houston Chronicle and El Paso Times. They modify an Abbott quote about the state's abortion ban and promote 'California’s answer to Texas’ perverse bill.'" “If Texas can ban abortion and endanger lives, California can ban deadly weapons of war and save lives," says the ad. "If Governor Abbott truly wants to protect the right to life, we urge him to follow California’s lead." Texas is one state that has allowed a near-total abortion ban...
    (CNN) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a set of gun safety bills into law on Thursday that require more regulations on gun sales and dealers within the state as well as increased information sharing between schools and law enforcement agencies. The state — amid a series of high-profile mass shootings that have spurred a national conversation on gun ownership — has passed multiple new measures this month, including allowing for gun violence victims to file civil suits against companies that manufacture the firearms used in crimes. READ MORE: Large Tree Topples Over On W. Benjamin Holt Drive In StocktonOne of the eight laws signed on Thursday includes a 10-year prohibition on gun possession if someone is convicted of child abuse or elder abuse, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Another law now requires schools to share information on child access prevention laws and safe firearm storage, as well as mandating reporting to law enforcement of any threat or perceived threat of a homicidal act. READ MORE: Thieves Are Targeting Farmers In Stanislaus County, Stealing ATVs And Tools“California has the toughest gun safety...
    By Taylor Romine | CNN California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a set of gun safety bills into law on Thursday that require more regulations on gun sales and dealers within the state as well as increased information sharing between schools and law enforcement agencies. The state — amid a series of high-profile mass shootings that have spurred a national conversation on gun ownership — has passed multiple new measures this month, including allowing for gun violence victims to file civil suits against companies that manufacture the firearms used in crimes. One of the eight laws signed on Thursday includes a 10-year prohibition on gun possession if someone is convicted of child abuse or elder abuse, according to a news release from the governor’s office. Another law now requires schools to share information on child access prevention laws and safe firearm storage, as well as mandating reporting to law enforcement of any threat or perceived threat of a homicidal act. Related Articles California Politics | Letters: New developer | Fire management | Local government | Divest now | Independent...
    (CNN)California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a set of gun safety bills into law on Thursday that require more regulations on gun sales and dealers within the state as well as increased information sharing between schools and law enforcement agencies.The state -- amid a series of high-profile mass shootings that have spurred a national conversation on gun ownership -- has passed multiple new measures this month, including allowing for gun violence victims to file civil suits against companies that manufacture the firearms used in crimes.One of the eight laws signed on Thursday includes a 10-year prohibition on gun possession if someone is convicted of child abuse or elder abuse, according to a news release from the governor's office.California governor signs law allowing gun violence victims to sue firearm manufacturers for damagesAnother law now requires schools to share information on child access prevention laws and safe firearm storage, as well as mandating reporting to law enforcement of any threat or perceived threat of a homicidal act."California has the toughest gun safety laws in the nation, but none of us can afford to...
    For years, the relationship between Miranda and Richard Wallingford and their Huntington Beach neighbor Jessica Nguyen has been unhappy — if not outright hostile. According to federal court records, Nguyen didn’t like the decades-old melaleuca tree in the Wallingfords’ yard. The couple refused to take it down. The tiff between neighbors spiraled into dueling harassment allegations in an Orange County court. In 2019, restraining orders were issued to both parties requiring them to stay away from each other and, under California law, to surrender any firearms they owned. On Friday, attorneys for the Wallingfords and the state of California dialed into a virtual hearing of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Each side presented oral arguments about whether the state’s restraining order statute violated the couple’s 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. Alexander Frank, an attorney for the Wallingfords, said the lower district court had erred in dismissing the Wallingfords’ lawsuit over the statute. He asked the three-judge appeals panel to reverse the decision and allow his clients to amend their original complaint with new arguments based on a...
    Yes, there have been several examples of completely unprovoked mass gun violence in California. But no, it’s not nearly on the same scale as in the rest of America. Yet, there is some commonality: Most mass crimes committed with firearms in this state over the last several years were perpetrated by shooters aged 21 and under. Just like recent massacres in Texas, Illinois, Buffalo, NY and many other places. But gun mortality rates in California are far lower than in other states, especially the big ones we are most often and most appropriately compared with. In 2020, researchers say, this state’s rate of firearm deaths was one of the lowest in America, at 8.5 per 100,000 residents. That compared with 13.7 per 100,000 nationally and in Florida and 14.2 per 100,000 in Texas, where Republican Gov. Greg Abbott prompted state legislators last year to make open and closed (hidden) carry pretty much a universal right. All this came before the U.S. Supreme Court this summer made open and closed carry essentially a nationwide right for adults. While some Californians will...
    (CNN)California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Tuesday that clears the path for gun violence victims to file civil suits against the companies that manufacture the firearms used in crimes.The move effectively tightens gun laws in California, which has the strictest gun safety measures in the nation, according to the Giffords Law Center."To the victims of gun violence and their families: California stands with you. The gun industry can no longer hide from the devastating harm their products cause," Newsom said in a news release.A 2005 federal law protects gun manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits when the weapons they produce are used to commit crimes. Biden signs bipartisan gun safety bill into law: God willing, its going to save a lot of livesCalifornia Assembly Bill 1594 "utilizes an exemption to the federal statute that allows gun makers or sellers to be sued for violations of state laws concerning the sale or marketing of firearms," according to the California news release.Read More"Our kids, families and communities deserve streets free of gun violence and gun makers must be held accountable for their...
    (CNN)California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Tuesday that clears the path for gun violence victims to file civil suits against the companies that manufacture the firearms used in crimes.The move effectively tightens gun laws in California, which has the strictest gun safety measures in the nation, according to the Giffords Law Center."To the victims of gun violence and their families: California stands with you. The gun industry can no longer hide from the devastating harm their products cause," Newsom said in a news release.A 2005 federal law protects gun manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits when the weapons they produce are used to commit crimes. Biden signs bipartisan gun safety bill into law: God willing, its going to save a lot of livesCalifornia Assembly Bill 1594 "utilizes an exemption to the federal statute that allows gun makers or sellers to be sued for violations of state laws concerning the sale or marketing of firearms," according to the California news release.Read More"Our kids, families and communities deserve streets free of gun violence and gun makers must be held accountable for their...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California’s strict gun laws just got tougher. Gun makers and dealers in the state will be required to block firearms sales to anyone at risk of breaking the law. It’s part of a slew of new gun control laws signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. This week, Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1594 which creates a standard of conduct within the firearms industry. It is also known as the Firearm Responsibility Act which was signed to “protect public health and safety” in California by “promoting safe and responsible firearm industry member practices.” The standard would also hold firearm industry members accountable if they are found responsible for breaking the law, or “wrongful conduct” that endangers the public. READ MORE: Auburn Police Aim To Respond To 911 Calls Quicker With New TechnologyThe list of new laws comes less than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against restrictions on carrying firearms in public, which was a step in the right direction for gun rights advocates like the executive director of Gun Owners of California, Sam Paredes. “The laws that...
    SACRAMENTO —  Less than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against restrictions on carrying firearms in public in a substantial victory for 2nd Amendment advocates, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed at least three major gun control measures into law to restrict access to the weapons and create an avenue for private citizens to sue the industry. On Tuesday, Newsom signed one of the highest-profile bills on a list of more than a dozen he prioritized this year amid a nationwide surge in gun violence. Assembly Bill 1594 establishes a “firearm industry standard of conduct” and allows local governments, the state Department of Justice and gun violence survivors to sue for egregious violations of state sales and marketing regulations. Democratic lawmakers said they crafted the legislation, which was sponsored by Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta, to work within the boundaries of a federal law that shields manufacturers and dealers from certain lawsuits. “To the victims of gun violence and their families: California stands with you. The gun industry can no longer hide from the devastating harm their products cause,” Newsom...
    (The Center Square) – A new California law that limits firearm marketing to minors is facing legal challenges from sporting associations and gun rights groups – representing what could be the first of several legal challenges brought against new gun laws in the state. A group of guns rights organizations and shooting sports associations are suing to block a new law that prohibits firearm marketing to minors. Under the law, which was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last month, firearm industry members are prohibited from advertising or marketing guns, ammunition or firearm precursor parts “in a manner that is designed, intended, or reasonably appears to be attractive to minors.” The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which includes the California Youth Shooting Sports Association and the California Rifle and Pistol Association, say the law “violates well-established free speech precedents of the U.S. Supreme Court” and are seeking “equitable relief declaring the law invalid.” The lawsuit was filed Friday in a federal court in Los Angeles. “This law is a clear First Amendment violation of speech and assembly. It’s really...
    They wasted no time. Just days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down New York restrictions on carrying guns in public, gun rights supporters cited the high court’s decision in lawsuits over California’s assault weapons ban and a San Jose law requiring firearm owners to buy insurance, among others. Though assault weapons and gun insurance might seem to be different issues than permitting concealed firearms, advocates on both sides of the gun debate say the high court’s far-reaching ruling gives defenders of the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms more ammunition to fight a wide range of gun laws. “There’s clearly a very important new precedent, and the higher court will want the lower courts to apply it,” said UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, a firearms regulation expert. Matthew Larosiere, legal policy director for the Sacramento-based Firearms Policy Coalition gun rights group, said it’s “going to be a huge challenge” for states to show many of their recent restrictions are consistent with the court’s ruling. For their part, California and other blue states are firing back with new rounds of...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California, which already has some of the nation's toughest gun laws, has added new restrictions on untraceable "ghost guns" and on marketing firearms to minors, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday."As the Supreme Court rolls back important gun safety protections and states across the country treat gun violence as inevitable, California is doubling down on commonsense gun safety measures that save lives," Newsom said in a statement announcing that he had signed the two bills a day earlier.Ghost guns, the privately made weapons without serial numbers, are increasingly being tied to violent crimes. Their proliferation has prompted President Joe Biden's administration to come up with new regulations to crack down on them.Under the new law, California now requires parts used to build firearms to have serial numbers, and gives Californians who have weapons without serial numbers until January 1, 2024, to register them and add the numbers.Starting in January 2023, anyone convicted of manufacturing a firearm without a serial number, or aiding the manufacture of a firearm by a prohibited person, will be barred from possessing a firearm...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) – California, which already has some of the nation’s toughest gun laws, has added new restrictions on untraceable “ghost guns” and on marketing firearms to minors, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. “As the Supreme Court rolls back important gun safety protections and states across the country treat gun violence as inevitable, California is doubling down on commonsense gun safety measures that save lives,” Newsom said in a statement announcing that he had signed the two bills a day earlier. READ MORE: Rochelle Wu Of Woodland, 16, Qualifies For US Girls' Junior Chess ChampionshipGhost guns, the privately made weapons without serial numbers, are increasingly being tied to violent crimes. Their proliferation has prompted President Joe Biden’s administration to come up with new regulations to crack down on them. Under the new law, California now requires parts used to build firearms to have serial numbers, and gives Californians who have weapons without serial numbers until January 1, 2024, to register them and add the numbers. Starting in January 2023, anyone convicted of manufacturing a firearm without a serial number, or...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California, which already has some of the nation’s toughest gun laws, has added new restrictions on untraceable “ghost guns” and on marketing firearms to minors, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. “As the Supreme Court rolls back important gun safety protections and states across the country treat gun violence as inevitable, California is doubling down on commonsense gun safety measures that save lives,” Newsom said in a statement announcing that he had signed the two bills a day earlier. Ghost guns, the privately made weapons without serial numbers, are increasingly being tied to violent crimes. Their proliferation has prompted President Joe Biden’s administration to come up with new regulations to crack down on them. Under the new law, California now requires parts used to build firearms to have serial numbers, and gives Californians who have weapons without serial numbers until January 1, 2024, to register them and add the numbers. Starting in January 2023, anyone convicted of manufacturing a firearm without a serial number, or aiding the manufacture of a firearm by a prohibited...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gun control bills have been shooting through the state Legislature at rapid-fire speed, and Gov. Gavin Newsom is eager to sign them. But it’s anyone’s guess how many will survive this Supreme Court. It’s also not clear which existing California gun controls will remain intact, including biggies such as the ban on sales of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds. Many seem in jeopardy because of the conservative court’s ruling that the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms overrides a New York law restricting who may legally carry a concealed gun in public. California and a handful of other states have similar laws. Writing for the court, Justice Clarence Thomas said the Constitution “protects an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.” And more broadly, Thomas wrote: “To justify a firearm regulation the government must demonstrate that the regulation is consistent with the Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation.” Gun lobbies are hailing that statement. Historical tradition? Meaning, regulations back before there were guns that could fire scores — even...
    Nathan W. Jones leads the Bay Area chapter of the Black Gun Owners Assn. But until a few years ago, he wasn’t even into guns. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. And George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police, sending racial justice protesters into the streets. And white supremacists trashed the U.S. Capitol in the Jan. 6 insurrection. Suddenly, it seemed as if America was on the brink. And with the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade on Friday, emboldening a militant array of white Christian nationalists, we clearly still are. “I had visions of mobs dragging people through the streets, and something just kind of switched,” Jones told me. “We can’t rely on anybody else to come and save us. It has to be us.” So, on Thursday, while many were apoplectic over the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the rights of gun owners to carry a loaded weapon in public — throwing gun control laws in California and New York into limbo at a time when shootings are increasing — Jones was thoughtful. Politics...
    The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a New York gun law placing restrictions on carrying a concealed handgun in public Thursday. How does the ruling affect California's strict gun laws?The U.S. Supreme Court's handed gun rights advocates in New York and across the country a major victory. Six out of nine justices stuck down New York's conceal carry law.The decision came out of a lawsuit filed by the New York Rifle and Pistol Association and two gun owners.The ruling carries ramifications for California's conceal carry laws as well.READ MORE: SCOTUS strikes down New York gun law, expected to allow more people to carry concealed firearmsEMBED More News Videos ABC News special report: The Supreme Court said Thursday that Americans have a right to carry guns in public, a major expansion of gun rights. "The data is clear, more guns in more places means people die as a result of gun violence," said California's Attorney General Rob Bonta.Bonta said his office will make lawmakers look to expand gun legislation within the bounds of the Supreme Court decision. That includes limiting where...
    The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday threw out a New York gun law that gave government officials broad discretion in limiting who could carry a loaded gun in public places — a clear warning shot for California and several other states that severely restrict concealed carry permits. Gun rights advocates hailed the ruling as a victory, while advocates for stricter gun laws and California’s Democratic leaders blasted the decision as a setback in efforts to tamp down gun violence after deadly mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York last month. The ruling comes just as Congress is poised to pass the most significant bipartisan gun legislation in decades that would include funding for enacting and enforcing “red flag” laws like California’s. “More people will be harmed by guns as a result of today’s decision,” Eric Tirschwell, Chief Litigation Counsel for Everytown Law, which supports stricter gun laws, said of the decision in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association vs. Kevin P. Bruen, New York State Police Superintendent. Brandon Combs, president of the Sacramento-based Firearms Policy Coalition, called it...
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York state law that had restricted who could obtain a permit to carry a gun in public. Under the law in place since 1913, New York residents needed to show proper cause, or an actual need, to carry a concealed handgun in public for self-defense.. The justices said that law conflicts with the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms. It drew swift reaction from New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat who called the decision reckless and said she was prepared to call the Legislature back into session to form a response. “We do not need people entering our subways, our restaurants and movie theaters with concealed weapons,” she said. “We don’t need more guns on our streets.” New York and a half a dozen other states with similar laws now must decide their next steps. As with New York, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island all have legislatures controlled by Democrats who could propose measures to ensure that guns will not be allowed in certain places....
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California lawmakers on Tuesday debated and advanced a pair of bills aimed at preventing gun violence. “They are so courageous and brave getting up there to give testimony and support,” Krystal Lopilato said. READ MORE: Mobile Home Park Fire Damages Multiple Units In StocktonLopilato represents Moms Demand Action, which is a nonprofit pushing for legislation that would prevent gun violence and improve gun safety. The group was in attendance at the Capitol to push for the legislation to be passed. “They are critically urgent right now as we’ve seen both gun sales and violence spiking throughout our state,” she said. On Tuesday, lawmakers learned more about AB2571, which would prohibit advertising firearms in a way that appeals to minors, and AB1594, which would allow lawsuits against gun manufacturers. Then there is SB1327 which targets those who violate the state’s assault weapon and ghost gun laws. READ MORE: Firefighters Battling Vegetation Fire In West Sacramento“That’s a really innovative bill that actually creates a private civil lawsuit enforcement scheme, so it still allows prosecutors to prosecute criminal charges but...
    With Congress poised to expand red flag laws nationally in response to outrage over deadly mass shootings, a new study reveals how California’s six-year-old law is making an impact: It disarmed 58 people who were threatening a gun massacre. The study by the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California-Davis is the first detailed description of California’s gun violence restraining order cases in the state since the law was enacted in 2016. “The gun violence restraining order law is working to prevent cases of firearm suicide and mass shootings,” said lead author Veronica A. Pear, an assistant professor at the Violence Prevention Research Program. Many of the patterns revealed in the 202 cases reviewed were unmistakable: Nearly all of the people whose weapons were seized were men. More than half threatened to harm others, often intimate partners. And in nearly 30% of the cases, officers used the law to seize weapons after threats of mass shootings, including six students who had described unleashing violence at school. Now, red flag laws, also known as extreme risk protection orders and...
    The weekend heat wave didn’t stop Coliseum College Prep Academy students from calling on the Oakland community to join them Saturday in a “March for Our Lives,” part of a nationwide movement for stricter gun laws sparked by outrage over several recent mass shootings at a grocery store in Buffalo, an elementary school in Texas and a hospital in Oklahoma. Their inspiration? Local shootings in their own community, and resonance with the victims in the Uvalde, Texas, shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead at the hands of an 18-year-old mass shooter on May 24. On Saturday morning, Alexander Ibarra, 13, and three of his schoolmates inspired a crowd of several hundred at Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall to think differently about gun violence in Oakland, and illuminated their feelings of unease in their schools and distrust in U.S. politicians to pass what they call much-needed gun regulations nationwide. “The kids who died were around the same age as me,” Ibarra said in an interview a day before the rally. “I really just want these...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Life in prison. That is the sentence for the man convicted of killing Sacramento librarian Amber Clark as she left her Natomas branch in 2018. Now her widower, Kelly Clark, is speaking out with an emotional message and his new mission now that the trial is over. READ MORE: Grass Fire Burns Popular Delta Island Near Stockton“What’s the word you use to describe the aftermath of this trial,” Cbs13’s Steve Large asked Kelly Clark, widower of Amber Clark. “Relief,” Clark said. “I have a great sense of relief.” Clark has spent the past three-and-a-half years waiting for this moment. “Having gone through this I have become a calmer person in self-reflection. I’ve become a more generous person, a more empathetic person than I was prior to Amber being killed,” he said. Amber Clark was murdered outside her library branch by Ronald Seay, who she had banned months earlier for violent behavior. Seay is now sentenced to life in prison for her murder. “His internet searches the morning before he killed Amber involved searching for a black man...
    Amid a slew of recent deadly mass shootings across the country — from Buffalo to Oklahoma to Texas — California is finally putting $11 million of the funding it allocated to build awareness of it’s “red flag law,” which allows families, employers, educators and police obtain restraining orders to confiscate weapons if there are indications someone is posing a threat, to use. The state already has some of the strictest gun laws in the county. The red flag law, implemented after a mass shooting that left six people dead and 14 others injured in Isla Vista in 2014, allows people to report suspected gun violence at their school, workplace or elsewhere, and file gun restraining orders that temporarily ban people from owning a gun if they are a deemed a threat to themselves or others. “Red flag laws are proven to be effective in reducing violence and death by guns,” says a news release from the governor’s office. “These laws can help de-escalate emergency situations. California is one of several states around the country that is increasingly emphasizing red flag laws as...
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has a choice few other Americans ever face. He can either help make the country safer for everyone, or he can continue to make it safer for Ted Cruz. Gee, which option do you think he’ll choose? Honestly, if he picks the former, I’ll eat my “I Ate the Worm at the Congo Bar in Cancún While Texas Families Froze 2021” bucket hat. While in Houston last week to celebrate the latest spate of mass shootings with some of his best NRA ghoul-friends, Cruz said this of “elite” gun control advocates in government and the media: “Many of these same people make their accusations from behind great bulwarks of safety, from gated communities equipped with private security or, at the very least, from safe and expensive neighborhoods protected by high home prices and low crime rates. Such people can afford an indulgent ideology that ignores reality.” That’s particularly ironic, since ignoring reality is one of Ted’s favorite hobbies—right behind shrinking my scrotum like an industrial vacuum sealer via an unrelenting campaign of fear, intimidation, and being really fucking...
    SACRAMENTO —  The front page of Thursday’s edition of the Uvalde Leader-News was a solid black box, broken only by the date of the mass shooting that killed 19 little kids and two teachers: May 24, 2022. The front page of the Los Angeles Times also bore a black box, this one filled with the names of the dead. We are out of words. Worse, we may be running out of options to control AR-15s and other high-powered firearms in California, and across the nation, because conservative judges are poised to return to a Wild West era of gun rights. As in, anything goes. “Wake up, folks,” Gov. Gavin Newsom warned a room full of journalists at the Capitol on Wednesday. “Read the opinions. Pay attention to what’s going on.” The media had been called to the Capitol dome for a last-minute jab-back at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who earlier that morning slammed California’s gun laws as ineffective. That’s my take, anyway. The event turned out to be little more than a photo opportunity and a chance...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The horrific shooting in Uvalde, Texas, is bringing the call for new national gun laws.Siri Kaufman survived the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018."The shootings can happen anywhere as long as we let people get guns without background checks," she said.In Washington D.C. on Thursday, a rally was held demanding Congress to act now.It would take 10 Senate Republicans to move forward any legislation.California Sen. Alex Padilla spoke at the rally."We know the answer. You've heard it: An assault weapons ban," he said. "Advanced background checks, get rid of large capacity magazines, red flag laws."The shooter in Texas used an AR-15 assault-style weapon he bought when he turned 18.California bans most assault weapons."We've had that in California for three decades, we need that at the federal level," said California Attorney General Rob Bonta. "Other states don't have a ban on assault weapons. It's been held to be constitutional."These are some of California gun laws. You have to be 21 or older to buy a gun and the process includes a...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) attacked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Republican-appointed federal judges on Wednesday, lashing out after Abbott said mental health is a factor in school shootings, and cited California’s failed gun laws. Abbott addressed a press conference with local, state, and federal officials in the wake of the shooting in an elementary school in the town of Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 children and two teachers were murdered by an 18-year-old. In his presentation, Abbott stressed the importance of mental health problems in driving mass shootings, and defended Texas gun laws against questions by reporters, noting that California, Chicago, and other Democrat-run jurisdictions had tough gun laws and still suffered from high levels of gun violence. Abbott also noted that the laws on rifle ownership had been in place for decades in Texas, and remained unchanged, yet mass shootings were a relatively recent phenomenon in the state. Newsom, who has frequently attacked Texas and Florida in past tirades on social issues, claimed that he felt compelled to respond to Abbott and would not otherwise have mentioned...
    With the nation reeling over another school-shooting massacre, the fierce debate over guns in America is again pointing to the strikingly different paths of California and Texas. Texas recently eased gun laws that already were among the nation’s loosest. California, which has the country’s toughest gun laws, is poised to pile on even more. While Texas last year declared itself a Second Amendment “sanctuary state,” California is pursuing a bill that would would subject gun makers to lawsuits over weapons banned by the state. “This state is leaning in,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday as he joined fellow Democrats in the legislature in a bid to expedite a new package of gun laws introduced in February. “We mean business. We want to save lives.” California still has its share of mass shootings, with three just this month, including last week in East Palo Alto where a shootout at a park killed one and injured three. But the gunman who slaughtered 19 school kids and two teachers in Uvalde couldn’t have walked into a sporting goods store in California shortly after...
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) used the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday to attack Republicans over gun control, though violent crime and homicides have increased dramatically in the Golden State in recent years. Newsom reacted after a shooting in which an armed 18-year-old murdered 19 children and two adults after infiltrating the school. The perpetrator was killed by an armed Border Patrol agent who happened to be nearby and rushed into the school. Newsom tweeted: 14 children and a teacher dead. Another shooting. And the GOP won’t do a damn thing about it. Who the hell are we if we cannot keep our kids safe. This is preventable. Our inaction is a choice. We need nationwide, comprehensive, commonsense gun safety NOW. — Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 24, 2022 Meanwhile… https://t.co/vaqLFHzk0q — Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 24, 2022 Commonsense gun safety laws work. In CA, we have cut our gun death rate in half since the 1980’s. We won’t solve this overnight — but let’s stop pretending that these mass shootings are an inevitable horror...
    Rapper Dom Kennedy described Los Angeles’ gun control laws as “unconstitutional” and is suing the city after being arrested for carrying a gun for self-defense. WestCoastStyles reports that “Kennedy and fellow plaintiff Garry Matthews are suing the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissions, and the LAPD” and the goal is “to invalidate restrictive gun laws in Los Angeles.” WestCoastStyles adds: Kennedy and Matthews are challenging the city, and its licensing scheme, claiming that it violates the Second and Fourteenth Amendments. Both men believe they were unjustly arrested in the past. Dom Kennedy and Matthews want the gun licensing scheme to be declared unconstitutional. They seek to have their arrests – and others like them – be ruled null and void.   Jovan Blacknell, the attorney for Kennedy and Matthews, explained his clients’ claims that the city demands a license in order to carry a gun for self-defense then refuses to issue said license, leaving concerned citizens with no option other than to carry without a license in order to be prepared to defend one’s own...
    The mass shooting in Sacramento last weekend that took six lives occurred one block from the Capitol offices of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. The following morning, I speculated on social media that it was probably gang members with criminal records. It didn’t take a Kreskin to make that sort of prediction which, of course, turned out to be accurate. Nor does it take extraordinary clairvoyance to predict that progressives would, once again, blame “gun violence” rather than criminally inclined perpetrators. (I’ve often wondered why, when there is a murder committed with a knife, progressives never talk about “knife violence.”) True to form, both Gov. Gavin Newsom and Sacramento’s mayor, Darrell Steinberg, immediately blamed “gun violence” and called for more gun control laws notwithstanding the fact that California already has some of the strictest gun control laws in America and is currently considering more. The issue of gun control aside, the progressive answer to any one of California’s many problems is to advance “solutions” that are ineffective at best and counterproductive at worst. Here, their answer to civil unrest, increased crime...
    "While we cannot at this time elaborate on the precise gang affiliation of individuals involved, gangs and gang violence are inseparable from the events that drove these shootings," the department said in a statement. Authorities said they studied nearly 200 videos, photos, and other pieces of evidence in order to come to that conclusion. "This tragedy downtown is a very public example of what families in many of our neighborhoods know too well," said Chief Kathy Lester, adding: "The suffering inflicted by gang violence does not limit itself to gang members. It spills over to claim and shatter innocent lives and harm our entire community." As of Thursday, only two suspects — brothers who were wounded in the gunfire — have been charged in connection with the shooting. What's more, the only charges the suspects currently face are firearm charges. It seems more legislation may not have deterred the Martin brothers from engaging in their alleged crimes. California, one of the country's most progressive states, unsurprisingly, already has some of the country's strictest gun laws. BlazeTV host and columnist...
    Inevitably, last weekend’s horrendous fusillade of bullets on a downtown Sacramento street that left six people dead and at least a dozen wounded generated demands for new gun controls in state that already has the nation’s most restrictive firearms laws. However, if anything, what happened just two blocks from the state Capitol underscores the folly of believing that “gun violence” can be meaningfully reduced by trying to choke off the supply of firearms – any more than the prohibition of liquor or the war on drugs succeeded. The state’s gun laws have hassled law-abiding hunters and gun hobbyists and some are in danger of being declared unconstitutional. However, Californians already own more than 20 million rifles, shotguns and handguns and are buying hundreds of thousands more each year. Nor have these laws prevented the lawless from obtaining weapons via theft, smuggling from other states or the illicit manufacture of untraceable “ghost guns.” Indeed, state restrictions have made the black market even more lucrative, mirroring the side effects of Prohibition and the decades-long drug war. Initial evidence indicates that those who...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — For all of California’s nation-leading attempts to regulate firearms, the state has not found a way to deter those happy to skirt the laws with stolen or homemade and increasingly prevalent “ghost” guns. In just two recent examples, police say the first gun recovered after six people were killed and a dozen others were wounded in a mass shooting in downtown Sacramento early Sunday had been stolen and converted to being capable of automatic gunfire. The homemade assault weapon a father used a month ago and a few miles away to kill his three daughters, their chaperone and then himself was unregistered. READ MORE: WATCH: Firefighters Battle Blaze At South Sacramento Residence“People argue that we’ve got the toughest gun laws in the nation. But they’re clearly not tough enough,” Democratic state Sen. Robert Hertzberg said Monday. The latest mass shooting in a nightclub area blocks from the state Capitol renewed calls for tougher firearms laws from President Joe Biden. Biden called for Congress to take many of the steps nationwide that California already has in place —...
    Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr reacted to Sunday’s shooting in Sacramento by pushing gun laws that already exist in California. FOX News quoted Kerr saying, “I don’t think moments of silence are going to do anything. At some point … our government has to decide are we going to have some common sense gun laws, it’s not going to solve everything, but it will save lives.” He added, “Despite the fact that 80 to 90% of Americans support background checks and you know, you think about all of the common sense laws we could and should put in place.” Background checks via the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) have existed in every state since the mid-1990s. Moreover, California adopted universal background checks in the 1990s, which means every gun sale in the state–retail or private–requires a background check in order to be legal. So the background checks Kerr is pushing already exist in California. Breitbart News noted that President Joe Biden also responded to the Sacramento shooting by pushing gun controls that are already the law...
    By Dale Kasler | The Sacramento Bee They’ve banned high-capacity magazines and cracked down on assault weapons. They’ve made it so Californians have to pass a background check to purchase a gun and ammunition. They’ve prohibited buyers from having ammo or “ghost” gun parts shipped directly to their homes. When it comes to gun laws, California’s legislators have passed some of the most stringent regulations in the country, checking off nearly every box on national gun control advocates’ wishlist. A mass shooting early Sunday that left six dead and 12 wounded just a block from the Capitol — the very building where these laws were enacted — immediately prompted new calls for legislation to curb gun violence, from California elected officials and gun-control advocates across the nation. “The scourge of gun violence continues to be a crisis in our country, and we must resolve to bring an end to this carnage,” Gov. Gavin Newsom, who’s already signed 15 gun-control laws, said Sunday in a prepared statement. But what else can California’s lawmakers do to restrict guns that they haven’t already...
    How much money are we willing to spend to seize guns from the likes of the disturbed father who shot and killed his three daughters in a church? And are Sacramento Democrats now willing to retool California’s controversial sanctuary law after it probably protected the father living here illegally from federal immigration agents days before he killed his kids? Putting a price tag on the lives of young girls is an impossible task. But the priority should be a lot higher than where we’re placing it now, despite all the rhetoric about the need for tight gun control. California has the toughest state gun laws in the nation. But that’s irrelevant if they’re not adequately enforced — and they’re not. “We need to enforce more of the laws that we have,” state Attorney General Rob Bonta acknowledges. “The rise in violent crime throughout the country is almost entirely because of guns.” In particular, he adds, “ghost guns are a new challenge we need to rise to.” They’re unregistered guns that are assembled from purchased parts. It’s practically impossible to trace...
    SACRAMENTO —  How much money are we willing to spend to seize guns from the likes of the disturbed father who shot and killed his three daughters in a church? And are Sacramento Democrats now willing to retool California’s controversial sanctuary law after it probably protected the father living here illegally from federal immigration agents days before he killed his kids? Putting a price tag on the lives of young girls is an impossible task. But the priority should be a lot higher than where we’re placing it now, despite all the rhetoric about the need for tight gun control. California has the toughest state gun laws in the nation. But that’s irrelevant if they’re not adequately enforced — and they’re not. “We need to enforce more of the laws that we have,” state Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta acknowledges. “The rise in violent crime throughout the country is almost entirely because of guns.” In particular, he adds, “ghost guns are a new challenge we need to rise to.” They’re unregistered guns that are assembled from purchased parts. It’s practically impossible to...
    While the elite flock to Beverly Hill’s only gun shop looking for guns for self-defense, poor California minorities are finding it difficult to get through the state’s many gun control laws and acquire a firearm to use to keep themselves and their families safe. On December 30, 2021, Breitbart News noted that the rich and famous were flocking to Beverly Hill Guns for protection from the craziness that has overtaken day-to-day life in Los Angeles. FOX News now reports that other Californians, particularly minorities, are finding the acquisition of a firearm difficult. Geneva Solomon, owner of Los Angeles County’s Redstone Firearms, told FOX News, “The gun control laws here are set up and intended to disproportionately affect those within the minority communities.” Moreover, Solomon pointed to the “good cause” requirement for getting a concealed carry permit, suggesting the requirement may put minorities, and especially single parent minority homes, at a disadvantage when it comes to proving importance. Rampant crime in Democrat-run California takes another life. https://t.co/jvNNPi5Cts — Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 20, 2021 She said, “If the single parent is walking home...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Agriculture’s greed pinches water supply Re. “The importance of California’s agricultural water supplies,” Page A6, Jan. 4: This article fails to mention California farmers are multibillion-dollar corporations that only care about money. These corporations depleted groundwater levels to a point where the aquafers can’t be replenished due to ground settlement, and now they want our surface water. Regarding almonds, what is not mentioned is 70% of California almonds are exported. One individual Stuart Resnick and his almond crops consume an estimated 100 billion gallons of water a year, equivalent to what San Francisco’s residents consume in a decade. Imagine, “poor farmer” Stewart Resnick (worth $5 billion), using enough water in a year to supply San Francisco for 16 years to supply almonds to foreign countries. California needs to take back its water from these megabillion-dollar corporations. We need our water to restore our rivers and our quality of life. California residents are required to conserve water, but only use 5% of California’s water. Save California water...
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