Yes, gun-related violence is on the increase in our community, our state and the nation. Daily we learn of another killing, or, as happened to a friend, a robbery at gunpoint in her own home.
In various countries where background checks are strictly enforced for gun purchase, the rate of gun-related incidents has dropped. But here all guns, especially assault weapons, are available at gun shows and online with no background check! Why is it so easy for a dangerous person to acquire a gun?
These exceptions online, flea markets, gun shows, etc. threaten the effectiveness of our goal to prevent the taking of any further innocent lives. Our Legislature needs to expand control of the exceptions.
Editors note: Under current U.S. law, anyone who buys a gun from a licensed dealer must undergo an instant background check. But if you buy a gun in a private transaction, even from a seller who advertises on the Internet, theres no background check in most states. California is an exception. The Golden State also forbids the sale of assault weapons.