Disgruntled employees who shot nine colleagues in a Northern California rail yard Wednesday morning appeared to circumvent the state’s strict gun laws.
The shooter, identified as maintenance worker Samuel Cassidy, received three of the semi-automatic pistols he used in the San Jose shooting at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Facility. legal
But the magazines he used – 32 in total – held 12 to 15 rounds; Magazines with more than 10 rounds are illegal in California, according to The Mercury News of San Jose.
The state banned the sale of those magazines in 2013 and possession in 2016, so it was possible for shooters to legally acquire them years ago. He was able to legally buy it for a short time last summer during a court challenge before the ban was restored.
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It is against the law to have a gun in a transport facility.
“California’s ‘no gun’ policy was completely ignored by killers,” said Aidan Johnston, director of federal affairs for gun owners of America, according to The Mercury News. Does it make law-abiding citizens defenseless? Yes.”
“California’s ‘no gun’ policy was completely ignored by killers. Does that stop the massacre? No. Does it make law-abiding citizens defenseless? Yes.”
California also has a “red flag” law that allows loved ones, police, and others to ask judges to temporarily remove that person’s gun for safety reasons. Clearly, the law did not take advantage of Cassidy’s situation. Despite the fact that both his ex-wife and one of his ex-girlfriends said he was violent.
In addition, apparently no one took action to get Cassidy to disarm after he was investigated by US customs officials in 2016 when he found a book on terrorism and hate speech. his after returning from a trip to the Philippines
The sniper also has other weapons. Many other things he bought legally. but not used in shooting
Despite the fact that the law did not stop the tragedy. But gun control advocates say that doesn’t mean the law is ineffective.
Proponents of gun reform also argue that federal gun laws, which President Biden pushed early in his term after multiple shootings, would be more effective at stopping violence.
California also has a lower shooting-related death rate than other states. with looser gun laws, according to 2019 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For example, Mississippi has 24.2 gun deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, while California sees only 7.2.
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Jessica Blitchok, a volunteer at Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, says one gun law can’t stop all shootings. But California’s strict network of gun laws has helped it make it one of the safest states in the country, reports “However. Even states with strict gun laws, such as California, are just as safe. with neighboring countries with weak gun laws That is why we need a bipartisan. Federal Action on Gun Safety.”
Neighboring states, Arizona and Nevada, each have twice the number of gun deaths per capita compared to California.