California Governor Jerry Brown is attending the “climate change” summit in Le Bourget, France, and took the opportunity there to weigh in on the shootings in San Bernardino. One expected him to say something. And there were any number of subjects he could have talked about. How did Tashfeen Malik get a valid visa to come to the United States? Why did state and federal law enforcement miss the radicalization of Syed Farook including his 2012 plot to attack an, as yet, unidentified location? Is his plan to resettle Syrian refugees in Redlands, CA, where the shooters lived, a good idea? What did Brown choose to talk about?
Jerry Brown calls lax gun laws in Nevada, Arizona a ‘gigantic back door’ for potential terrorists pic.twitter.com/h7QIx3BMvv
— David Siders (@davidsiders) December 5, 2015
Via the Sacramento Bee:
Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday that “wide open” gun laws in Nevada and Arizona are a “gigantic back door through which any terrorist can walk,” while he was noncommittal on efforts to strengthen gun control measures in California.
Brown, arriving in France for climate talks after the mass shooting in San Bernardino last week, called the shooting a terrorist attack.
The guns used were purchased legally in California before being modified, authorities have said.
Asked if stricter gun control laws were warranted, as some activists have argued, the fourth-term Democrat replied, “California has some of the toughest gun control laws of any state. And Nevada and Arizona are wide open, so that’s a gigantic back door through which any terrorist can walk.”
The rifles used in the San Bernardino mass shooting were illegal under California law because they were modified and violated the state’s ban on assault weapons, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determined on Thursday.
Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the suspects in the Wednesday shooting that left 14 people dead and 21 wounded, were armed with four guns. They carried two .223-caliber semiautomatic weapons and two 9mm semiautomatic pistols, according to San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.
The two semiautomatic rifles were versions of the popular AR-15 model, according to San Bernardino officials. One was made by DPMS Inc., and the other by Smith & Wesson.
While they were originally sold legally, with magazine locking devices commonly known as bullet buttons, the rifles were subsequently altered in different ways to make them more powerful, according to Meredith Davis, a special agent with the ATF.
Those alterations made the weapons unlawful under California’s ban on assault weapons, which bans guns with magazines that can detach for quick reloading.
The state legally allows the sale and ownership of assault weapons that have fixed magazines
It comes as no surprise to me that a man who decided to engage in mass murder would ignore state laws on modifying firearms. The facts are:
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This is what we are up against in regards to gun control. We can’t negotiate with people like Jerry Brown or any of the “gun safety” clique any more than we can negotiate with ISIS. His objective is banning all firearms for every person. Every time we take his demands and proposals seriously we weaken ourselves.