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What Are the ‘Common Sense Gun Laws’ that Would Have Prevented the San Bernardino Massacre?


UPDATE: At a press conference that just concluded,  law enforcement officials revealed that the two handguns were purchased by the shooters, but the long guns (the rifles) were not. So while the media will tell you the guns were purchased legally, they were not USED legally: this is called a “straw purchase” and it is illegal. We also learned that there were high -capacity magazine at the scene — and hicapmags are also illegal in California. Additionally, law enforcement officials were not certain if the AR15 was California legal. So in other words, a bunch of existing gun laws were broken during this massacre. Remember that when President Obama and his motley crew of gun controllers demand even more firearms laws under the guise of preventing gun violence.


It didn’t take long for calls for gun control to start following the horrific massacre in San Bernardino by Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik. The motive for the massacre has escaped our law enforcement officials as of this writing.

But “moments after the news broke of the shooting,” Obama spoke to CBS Newsand called for “common sense gun safety laws” and also urged lawmakers to prevent people on the “No Fly List” from legally purchasing firearms. (As an aside, people on the No Fly List have not been adjudicated of anything, so that presents a whole range of civil liberty issues.)

“We don’t yet know what the motives of the shooters are but what we do know is that there are steps we can take to make Americans safer,” Obama said in the interview. “We should never think that this is just something that just happens in the ordinary course of events because it doesn’t happen with the same frequency in other countries.”

Obama said U.S. mass shootings have “no parallel anywhere else in the world” although less than two weeks ago, a group of Islamic terrorists shot and killed exponentially more innocent people in Paris.

So let’s talk about “common sense gun laws.”

California has very restrictive firearms laws, probably the most restrictive in America.  The laws are so restrictive that gun manufacturers have to make gunsspecifically for California. Many gun dealers or manufacturers just don’t do business in California at all. It’s a pain in the ass. Here’s a great piece discussing the firearms laws in California by at Reason.

According to recent reports, two of the four firearms used in the massacre were purchased legally and law enforcement is still tracing the two handguns. The L.A. Times writes, “The guns were bought by an individual associated with the investigation, Davis said but declined to name the person.”

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