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October 17, 2013

Justin Peters: California’s gun law won’t do much to stop shootings

Last week California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the Firearm Safe and Responsible Access Act, which makes it a third-degree misdemeanor to knowingly store a loaded firearm in a place where an unsupervised child is likely to access it – regardless of whether or not the child actually does. Violators risk a potential $1,000 fine and/or six months in jail. The move gives California some of the strictest child access prevention laws in the nation, which is a good thing. Now it’s up to cops and prosecutors to determine whether the law will have any practical effect.

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