Ohio school shootings-are gun laws strict enough to protect kids-Gun control laws have been a source of heated debate for years. While there are strong arguments from those that appose private ownership and those that are in favor of private citizens owning guns, the need for stronger laws to protect innocent lives against gun violence is clear.
Under the Brady Act legal gun ownership is limited to those who do not fit the following criteria:
1 Convicted of a crime punishable by being in prison for more than one year;
2. Are a fugitive from justice;
3. Are addicted to, or illegally use, any controlled substance;
4. Have been ruled mentally defective by a court, or are committed to a mental institution;
5. Are an illegal alien living in the United States unlawfully;
6. Received a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces;
7. Renounced your U.S. citizenship, if you are a U.S. citizen;
8. Are subject to a court restraining order that involves your ‘intimate partner,’ your partner’s child, or children; or
9. Were convicted of domestic violence in any court of a misdemeanor.www.injury.findlaw.com
When a firearm comes into California, state law requires that the presence of the gun is to be reported within 60 days. A “New Resident Handgun Ownership Report” must be filed. The report is located at the California Department of Motor Vehicles office, licensed firearm dealers, police, sheriff’s departments and the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms. A $19 fee is required for each hand gun that is reported. When the gun is transported to California, it must be in a locked container, other than a glove compartment or utility compartment of a vehicle.
Procedures for guns within California
Effective January 1, 2001, according to the State of California Department of Justice, no handgun can be manufactured within California, imported into California for sale, lent, given, kept for sale, offered or exposed for sale unless that handgun model has passed firing, safety, and drop tests. The handgun must be certified for sale in California by the Department of Justice. Private party transfers, curio/relic handguns, certain single-action revolvers, and pawn/consignment returns are exempt from this requirement. The website located at certguns.doj.ca.gov lists rules and regulations that apply to private gun ownership.
Research conducted by the ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives), which was included on a report published on www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org helps to identify the origination of illegal firearms. When a crime is commited using an illegal gun, an investigation is conducted to trace the origination of the weapon. Through the use of collective data compiled from investigations, the ATF can calculate the number of guns that are transported from each state. According to the report, the states that are the source of larger gun transports also have higher crime rates and deaths by illegal gun use.
Laws in California on gun ammunition
Assembly Bill 962 was signed into law in 2010. The bill, which became effective in January 2011, is a shipping ban that makes delivery or transfer of gun ammunition not done in a face to face transaction illegal. However, there are exceptions which are determined on a case by case basis. The law requires shipping companies to assume responsibility for verifying recipients before transactions are made. The new law makes shipping ammunition to California more difficult, complicated and expensive. www.calgunlaws.com