LOS ANGELES – California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the United States, which some Americans see as a model for future national laws. But others worry about the erosion of the right to bear arms as stated in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
There are few restrictions on owning guns in most U.S. states. Guns are widely used for hunting and sport, and for self-protection.
California and several other states, including New York and Massachusetts, limit the sale of some firearms, ammunition and accessories. California bans the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips and military-style assault rifles to the public. Buyers of other guns must wait 10 days while state and federal authorities investigate the purchaser for a possible criminal record or history of serious mental illness. California registers handguns, and beginning in 2014, will also keep records on rifles and shotguns sold in the state.
Los Angeles Police Detective Richard Tompkins says neighboring states are Continue reading