BREAKING: Shooter in Northern California Was Legally Barred From Possessing Guns

Phil Johnston, the assistant sheriff for Tehama County, briefs reporters on the shootings near the Rancho Tehama Elementary School, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Corning, Calif. Authorities said, a gunman choosing targets at random, opened fire in a rural Northern California town Tuesday, killing four people at several sites and wounding others at the elementary school before police shot him dead. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Once again the narrative that more gun laws are needed is proven fruitless when applied to real-world cases.

According to court documents, the Northern California shooter who killed five people and injured another nine in a rampage in the town of Rancho Tehama was prohibited from possessing firearms.


It was discovered Wednesday that the shooter first shot and killed his wife and hid her body under the floorboards. The shooter was shot and killed by law enforcement.

The sheriff also commended the quick thinking of school officials for locking down the school as soon as they heard gunfire. The shooter was unable to enter the school building before he was killed. Seven children, including a 2-year-old at a nearby park, were injured during the shooting but, thankfully, none were among those killed.

Of the shooter’s guns, Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said,

“These firearms are manufactured illegally, we believe, by him at his home,” Johnston said. “They were obtained in an illegal manner, not through a legal process. They’re not registered.”

So, on top of the shooter not being able to legally own guns, the guns he had were illegally manufactured.

This is a sad reminder that gun laws cannot keep someone hell-bent on obtaining guns from doing so.



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