A leader in gun control efforts, California confronts its limits

A leader in gun control efforts, California confronts its limits

People stand near a memorial outside the Star Ballroom Dance Studio on Tuesday in Monterey Park, Calif. (Ashley Landis/AP) MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — California’s efforts to reduce gun violence have long been a point of pride among the state’s liberal lawmakers. But a sense of futility and despair infused the response of many political leaders Tuesday in the bitter aftermath of three mass killings in as many days. At least 19 people have been fatally shot in mass attacks since Saturday evening, when a 72-year-old gunman here opened fire inside a dance studio popular with the elderly Asian American community. Eleven people died in this city on the edge of Los Angeles, and then on Monday, two shootings in the Bay Area killed eight others. State lawmakers have imposed mandatory waiting periods on the purchase of firearms. They have banned military-style assault rifles, one of only eights states along with D.C., to do so. The state has a “red flag” law that allows guns to be seized from people believed to be a threat. And California voters overwhelmingly approved a limit on the number of bullets allowed in a gun’s magazine, a measure caught up for years in the courts. Advertisement But the consensus among many lawmakers Tuesday was that there are simply too many firearms in the country and too many ways to get ahold of them without a national effort to pass stricter gun measures. “What the hell is going on?” Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said in […]

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