There is an internal investigation underway in the Santa Barbara’s Sheriff’s Department right now, trying to figure out why they decided not to take Rodger into custody — as well there should be. California has more than sufficient laws to have prevented this tragedy. It has mandatory background checks for gun purchases; no private party sales allowed; mandatory registration of guns for those moving into California; a mental health observation custody law that is so relaxed that I have talked to people who have been victims of abuse under it. (One person I knew in Santa Rosa made some overheated remark about the paperwork required to get a zoning change along the lines of “if I have to do this again, I’ll kill myself” and spent an hour in a mental hospital, and then months suing to get his guns back.)
Yet even with all this, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department dropped the ball: and at least seven people are dead who did not need to be. California has enough laws: they need to enforce them.
When it comes to guns, California has far too many laws. And many of them are unconstitutional.
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