Background checks DON’T WORK!

Gerdau Steel Mill, melted 4,971 guns into steel rebar, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the mill in Rancho Cucamonga. The 24th annual event, that teams up with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, uses the rebar from the melted weapons in bridge, freeway and building construction around California. Led by the sheriff's department, 13 area police departments across LA county, including the La Verne police department contributed confiscated and surrendered weapons. (Staff photo by Rick Sforza, The Sun/SCNG)

A new academic study has found that, once again, gun laws are not having their desired effect.

A joint study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of California at Davis Violence Prevention Research Program found that California’s much-touted mandated background checks had no impact on gun deaths, and researchers are puzzled as to why.

In 1991, California simultaneously imposed comprehensive background checks for firearm sales and prohibited gun sales (and gun possession) to people convicted of misdemeanor violent crimes. The legislation mandated that all gun sales, including private transactions, would have to go through a California-licensed Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealer. Shotguns and rifles, like handguns, became subject to a 15-day waiting period to make certain all gun purchasers had undergone a thorough background check. …

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