Less than a week after a school shooting in Florida where 17 people were killed, California lawmakers are calling for legislative gun control measures that they say would have prevented the violence.
California Senator Dianne Feinstein said last week that she will introduce Federal legislation that would require someone to be 21 or older to buy a firearm. Currently, Federal law restricts the sale of handguns to anyone under 21, but “long guns” are exempt from this restriction.
Another preliminary proposal comes from Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) which seeks to expand an existing law that would allow coworkers and school staff to apply for a court order to remove guns from people who might pose a danger to public safety. The existing law allows judges to remove a gun from someone’s possession for up to 21 days.
What are the constitutional issues raised by these measures? What are the second amendment concerns? Do you think these measures would prevent future violence?
Lindsay Nichols, federal policy director at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun safety organization headquartered in San Francisco
Michael Hammond, legislative counsel at Gun Owners of America, a gun rights organization based in Springfield, VA