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California Tops Ranking of States for Gun Control Laws

California has the strongest gun control laws in the country, according to an annual ranking of states by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. California scored eighty-one points out of a possible one-hundred. Amanda Wilcox is the Legislation and Policy Chair for the state Chapter of the Brady Campaign. She said the policy covering background checks on gun sales is notable, as are other rules limiting gun ownership.

“What is very unusual is that California also has a program by which we can remove guns, recover guns from people who have a gun and then subsequently become prohibited or dangerous,” said Wilcox.

The national Brady organization also noted a new law that will require California to keep records on long gun purchases, in addition to records kept for handgun sales.

Other states placing high in the Brady Campaign rankings were New Jersey and New York. The lowest ranking states, with scores of “zero” were Alaska, Arizona and Utah.

In response to the Brady Campaign’s report, the group Gun Owners of California said “these laws suppress the rights of law abiding gun owners, and criminals continue to be able to get whatever they want.”

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spencer60 | February 17, 2012 at 8:05 a.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Sorry Jenny, but having the largest quantity of repressive firearms laws doesn't mean that CA has the 'strongest' firearms laws.

The word "strongest" would imply the most effective at keeping firearms out of criminal hands, and nobody would say that CA's draconian laws accomplish that.

In fact it's telling that the three states mentioned with a 'zero' score from the Brady's are all far safer places by any definition than the three the Brady's approve of.

It's also interesting that the Brady's are touting a new long gun (rifles and shotguns) registration requirement just as Canada is in the process of scrapping their registry. The Canadians are in the process of shutting down their registry due to it's cost, complexity and uselessness (it never solved a single crime in its 15+ year existence).

The simple fact is that laws such as these will never have an impact on criminal behavior since criminals, by definition, do not follow laws.

Instead, as the token quote provided by the GO of CA mentions, these laws are simply an increasing burden on the most law-abiding segment of the population, legal firearms owners.

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tkterry | February 17, 2012 at 11:02 a.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

We would love to see usable statistics - like how much does it cost the taxpayers to legislate and support all of these impressive gun control laws and where is the correlation between Brady compliance and crimes committed using guns.

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jdberger | February 17, 2012 at 11:29 a.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Yet, for some reason California's amazingly strong gun control laws translate into urban war zones like Oakland and Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Vermont, with almost no gun control laws remains an Arcadia free of most violence.

Funny, that.

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 17, 2012 at 3:40 p.m. ― 5 years, 1 month ago

Jdberger, comparing a state likeVermont with no major urban centers to a state like California that has gang ravaged urban cores like LA and Oakland is intellectually dishonest.

Maybe states that are mainly rural can get away with more lax laws than states with large urban populations where millions of people live I. Close proximity to eah other.

I don't consider criminal background checks and banning of automatic machine guns to be "radical", yet the NRA does.

Will *some* criminals always find ways to game the system and get around the law?


But how is that justification for abolishing all gun laws.

Most Americans, I believe, favor reasonable measures to keep guns out of the hands of the crazies, especially thos of us who live in large cities like San Diego.

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