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Old 02-02-2013, 12:32 PM
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Default San Jose Mercury News -- Would more gun control laws have any impact?

Good article by Dan Walters in Friday's San Jose Mercury News.

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Finally, there's no persuasive evidence that writing even more restrictive gun control laws would have any deterrent effect on street gangs or other gun-wielding criminals who are, after all, already operating outside the law.

Mostly, they would make gun ownership more expensive and difficult for the law-abiding, and perhaps encourage the trade in bootleg firearms -- much as anti-drug laws have sustained the lucrative illegal drug trade.
Read it here: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/c...ave-any-impact
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Old 02-02-2013, 9:21 PM
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great article. Wow - I loved this bit:

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California already has a backlog of nearly 20,000 persons who are legally prohibited from owning guns due to criminal or mental health records and are known to possess about 40,000 weapons.
The backlog is not being reduced because the same Legislature that wants to pass more gun laws has not adequately financed the Department of Justice unit that seizes those illegal weapons.
Can anyone provide a reference for the above? This certainly sounds like politics as usual - pass the bills that get headlines and to hell with doing the hard work of actually enforcing existing laws.
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Old 02-02-2013, 9:28 PM
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In fact, it emerged that the "realignment" of the criminal justice system to reduce prison populations may have had the inadvertent effect of downgrading enforcement of those laws.
What good are laws if there's no punishment for breaking them?
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That's related to SB 140 - please see the bill thread.
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