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Skelton: Gun issues tear at nation

April 22, 2013|By George skelton

SACRAMENTO -- Last week, eight different bills involving gun control were approved by a state Senate committee.

But that will only help so much if Congress continues to reject stricter federal rules, says George Skelton in his Monday column. A measure to expand background checks died in the U.S. Senate last week. 

"Without universal background checks nationwide—not only in gun stores, which already is the law, but at gun shows and via the Internet—California is vulnerable to Wild-West dealing in other states," Skelton writes.

He adds, "Criminals and mental misfits can buy virtually any weapon they want at a Nevada or Arizona gun show and cart it into California, circumventing this state’s tough background checks."

Democrats' strong majority in California has allowed them to push legislation that would never succeed in Congress, including restrictions on semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines and the possession of magazines holding more than 10 rounds.   

All of Skelton's columns are here.

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