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State falls behind on efforts to keep guns out of the wrong hands

State falls behind on efforts to keep guns out of the wrong hands

People who have been convicted of felonies or any of a range of misdemeanors may not own guns in California under state and federal law. Nor may guns be sold to people whose mental illness makes them a danger to themselves or others, who are under domestic violence restraining orders or who are fugitives. Mandatory background checks are supposed to separate the ineligible from the eligible and prevent gun purchases. But what about people who lawfully own firearms, and then lose that right? Formerly, California had no effective mechanism for collecting those weapons. But in 2006, the state began the Armed and Prohibited Persons System to check the names of people who had legally bought...

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