By Los Angeles Times - 12/10/13
SACRAMENTO -- California has the toughest gun control laws in the nation, receiving an A- grade in a state-by-state analysis by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, officials said Monday.
In the year after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, eight states, including California, passed "major gun reforms," said Amanda Wilcox, the legislation and policy chair for the California Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
California chapters of the Brady Campaign supported 18 bills sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.
"A record 11 bills were signed into law, including measures to keep guns out of dangerous hands and closing loopholes in California's law prohibiting large capacity magazines," Wilcox said. "The research shows that strong gun laws can keep people safe from gun violence. We know that California's strong gun laws are saving lives."
Advocates for gun owners did not dispute California's ranking, although one put it differently.
"We definitely have the most oppressive and intrusive violations of the 2nd Amendment of any state in the country," said Sam Paredes, executive director of the group Gun Owners of California.
Advocates for gun control plan next year to push for approval of SB 53, California legislation held up this year that would require people who buy ammunition to undergo background checks and get permits, she said.
The Brady study identifies the regulation of ammunition as "an important gap in California law."
Wilcox said her group also still wants Congress to act on key gun bills, including one requiring background checks for all gun sales.
But after nearly 10 years of concealed carry not only has DeWine, the current Ohio Attorney General whose office oversees the program, changed his mind but he became a supporter. He's also a licensed concealed carrier.
“People are just more comfortable with it and it's much more accepted that people can have a concealed carry permit,” DeWine said during a visit this week in Lima. “It's much more mainstream then it was when it started.”
Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish agreed.
People from all walks of life are getting their concealed carry license with women being one of the fastest growing groups. Crish also is hearing from a lot of people who opposed allowing citizens the right to carry concealed handguns but now support it, he said.