Patt Morrison for October 13, 2011

Could California’s new open-carry law have prevented yesterday's shooting in Seal Beach?

Eight Killed, One Critical After Shooting At California Hair Salon

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Investigators collect evidence at Salon Meritage hair salon where a man shot nine people, killing eight of them, on October 12, 2011 in Seal Beach, California.

Yesterday’s mass shooting at Meritage Salon in Seal Beach was the deadliest in modern Orange County history. Alleged suspect Scott Evans De Kraai, an ex-husband of one of the employees, ultimately killed eight people when he walked in off the street and started shooting.


Could Governor Brown’s new open-carry law have prevented this? Is there reason to believe any of this could have been prevented if someone in the salon had been armed with their own weapon?


John Lott, author of "More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws"

Adam Winkler, constitutional law professor at UCLA; author of "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America"; writer for The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast

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