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State agents gave a lesson to lawmakers on what kinds of firearms are lawful and unlawful in California and the ammunition that goes with them.
Then came the stunning revelation: Californians who aren't supposed to own guns do. The Department of Justice even knows about them because the Arms Prohibited System, known as APPS, has identified them. There's just no money to confiscate the weapons.
"We ought to get those guns out of the hands of people who are prohibited," said State Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento).
Steinberg asked how many people and weapons were on the list.
"As of yesterday, there was 19,784 identified in the Arms Prohibited System. That's basically our backlog. They're linked to 38,682 handguns and 1,640 assault weapons," said Stephen Lindley with the California Department of Justice.
Still, lawmakers want to do more in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, such as banning detachable magazines.
Earlier this week, at the National Press Club, Villaraigosa attacked members of Congress and others who use the Constitution as an excuse not to act
Originally posted by groingrinder
reply to post by SpearMint
Police do not stop crime. Police arrive after a crime has been committed to take a report and abuse the victims. Armed citizens stop crime. Too many people want to blame guns, gun manufacturers, ammo makers, and legal gun owners when a crime is committed with a gun. The person who should be blamed is THE CRIMINAL WHO USES THE GUN!!
Gun control is not necessary. Gun crimes will stop when we start putting the criminals who use guns in the electric chair. As it stands the penalty is not severe enough to deter criminals.
Where I live it is a 30 min to 2hr response time before you have law enforcement at your door. It is much longer for folks who live farther out in the country. How many times can a criminal shoot you in that time? How many times can he rape you? How many times can he bash your head in with a cricket bat? How many times can he stab you with a screwdriver? How many times can he pour acid down your throat? How many times can he break your legs with a hammer? How many times can he sodomize your children?
Originally posted by muzzleflash
If you didn't get all of that rambling above I'll simplify:
Trying to "Control" something that already exists is a reactive strategy and does not work effectively.
Embracing "Freedom", and sharing information freely, is a preventive strategy and has proven to work many times.
Originally posted by txinfidel
reply to post by SpearMint
so perhaps we should embrace another holocaust instead?
Originally posted by AwakeinNM
Yeah but federal gun control legislation has magical federal powers.
Originally posted by SpearMint
Crime rates don't suggest that this is true, and murders are through the roof.