Californians look at gun control laws after Conn. school shooting

4:48 PM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the flags at the California State Capitol to be flown at half-staff, calling the tragedy at the Newton, Connecticut school a heartbreaking loss.

It was 23 years ago that California had its own school shooting at Cleveland Elementary in Stockton which left five kids dead and 29 wounded. That 1989 incident sparked a movement in California that resulted in the strongest guns laws in the country.

"I think it really hit home the importance of strengthening our laws and it really spurred immediate action," Brady Campaign spokesperson Rebecca Gonzales said.

The Brady Campaign credits California's strong guns laws for making it safer on the streets.

"California has the lowest mortality rate from firearms in the nation," Gonzales said.

The  Connecticut shooting is prompting calls for stricter gun laws again across the country, even in California.

Most recent polls show most Americans in general favor more restrictions.

State Senator Leland Yee is considering re-introducing a bill that closes a loophole in the state assaults weapons ban.

Just Guns Store owner Josh Deaser said the current laws are working fine.

"Isolated incidents, it's tragic," Deaser said. "But we can't knee-jerk and think that's going to solve the problem because it's really not. If people want to do something bad, they'll figure out a way to do it."

The Michigan House just this week approved a concealed weapons law allowing trained people to carry guns in schools, daycare centers, stadiums and churches, an idea that Deaser said could have brought down the Connecticut shooter faster if such a law was in place there.

"If somebody were to have a gun there, a concealed weapon, properly trained, know how to use it, the situation would not have gotten as far as it did," Deaser said.

"I do not think that is the solution," Gonzales said. "I think bringing more firearms into an already confusing situation is going to create more bullets flying and more innocent by-standers being killed."

By Nannette Miranda, ABC7


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