AirTalk for August 26, 2013

California legislature considers controversial bills to tighten gun control

Firearms seized during a sweep by the Los Angeles Police Department using the California's Armed Prohibited Persons System initiative. The program uses a database to identify gun owners who are no longer allowed to possess a firearm.

Damian Dovarganes/AP

Firearms seized during a sweep by the Los Angeles Police Department using the California's Armed Prohibited Persons System initiative.

A round of gun control bills working their way through the legislature could soon put California back in the lead for the strictest gun laws in the nation. The bills would address a range of issues from banning high-capacity magazines to banning guns from a home if any resident is not allowed to have them. One particularly controversial Senate bill would ban semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines. Gun control supporters applaud the efforts and say it will cut down significantly on violent crime but gun rights supporters claim the new laws are chipping away at the second amendment. 

Do the strict new laws have any chance of passing the full legislature before it adjourns on September 13? California used to have the nation's strictest gun laws but that's since been overtaken by New York. Is there any evidence that tightening gun laws has cut down on gun crime?

Guests:

Adam Winkler, Constitutional Law Professor at UCLA, Author of “Gunfight: The Right to Bear Arms in America” (2011)

Sam Parades, Executive Director of Gun Owners of California


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