Exclusive: California mass shooting suspect should have been on gun blacklist. Why wasn’t he?

The man accused of killing four people, including a 9-year-old boy, at a Southern California business late last month should have been on a state list that bars dangerous people from owning and buying guns and ammunition. Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez had a 2015 battery conviction that by state law should have barred him for 10 years from possessing or buying guns or ammo at retailers conducting background checks. It’s unclear why Gonzalez, 44, wasn’t blacklisted or where and how he acquired the Glock semi-automatic handgun and ammunition used in the March 31 shooting in the city of Orange. The shooting raises concerns over the state’s ability to enforce strict gun laws, and whether the California Department of Justice’s so-called “prohibited persons” system is effectively working to keep and, if necessary, seize firearms from risky people. Two weeks after the mass shooting, police say Gonzalez wasn’t listed as a “prohibited person,” and they’re not yet sure how he got his Glock. “Our detectives are still working on the trace for the weapon,” Orange Police Lt. Jennifer Amat said in an email this week. Experts say Gonzalez could have bypassed the state’s background checks and acquired the weapon illegally. The news that he had a recent conviction yet wasn’t on the state’s prohibited list to legally possess and buy firearms and ammunition at retailers alarmed the former assemblyman who authored a 2003 law that extended a gun ban for those convicted of certain crimes . “He should not be able to […]

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