The recent San Bernardino shooting are followed by a lot of declarations. After The New York Times published the first editorial on the first page since 1920, highly criticized by Republican Chris Christie, California Governor Jerry Brown also reacted.
During a press conference, the Governor said that Nevada and Arizona, two stated with very permissive gun laws, are a “gigantic back door through which any terrorist can walk,” according to Fox News.
California’s gun laws are some of the strictest in the U.S.
As for California situation, where the shootings took place, Gov. Jerry Brown mentioned that the state has some of the toughest gun control laws of any state and not anybody can buy guns. Considering this, he claimed that the the shooting was a terrorist attack, sharing the same opinion with the FBI.
Still, it seems that the weapons used by Sayed Riswan Farook and Tashfeen Maleek in the attack were purchased legally in California, so Arizona Governor Doug Doucey responded to Jerry Brown’s statement, saying that his words are “out of bounds.”
“Not only will we be ignoring Gov. Brown’s advice, but I call on him to retract his incredibly thoughtless and ill-advised comments,” Boucey, cited by Fox News, said.
When asked for more details about the investigation, Gov. Jerry Brown confirmed that this is a federal matter. Also, he said that he would do its best in order to improve the gun control laws in California, in order to avoid such situations.
California is making a first step for a set of reforms
Even more, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced a measure, back in October, in order to strengthen the current laws, looking forward to ban the possession of large-capacity magazines. His main purpose was to set a standard for meaningful reforms to stop gun violence.
Of course, we cannot tell if this could be a beginning of a reform concerning gun laws, but Jerry Brown and his team could be an example for other states.