NRA Blocked California Law That Banned Weapon Used By Thousand Oaks Shooter
The California Rifle & Pistol Association, the official state association of the National Rifle Association (NRA), blocked a 2016 law that banned high-capacity magazines for firearms, the same type of magazine used by Thousand Oaks shooter Ian David Long (video below).
Long killed 12 people and injured 22 more with a Glock 21 .45-caliber handgun at the Borderline Bar & Grill with an extended magazine, notes BuzzFeed News.
Long reportedly obtained the gun legally, thanks to the NRA and other gun rights advocates who sued to stop the 2016 law — Proposition 63 — that was passed by 63% of Californians after the 2015 San Bernardino attack.
Prop. 63 did not go into effect on July 1, 2017, as it was supposed to, and will be tied up in court at least until March 2019, thanks to the NRA.
Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman of California slammed the NRA on Twitter for blocking the law:
Officials have confirmed that the #ThousandOaks shooter used a high-capacity magazine that Californians voted to ban in 2016. The @NRA filed a lawsuit to block the law. It’s time for California to uphold the will of the voters, enforce the law, and for the country to follow suit.
— Rep. Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) November 8, 2018
Susan Orfanos, whose son, Telemachus Orfanos, was one of the 12 people killed at Borderline, told BuzzFeed News that she wants gun control:
I have two words: Gun control. Now, now, now, now. No more NRA. No more money. Gun control now.
The California Rifle & Pistol Association said they “refuse to take the blame that is commonly misplaced on those of us who simply wish to protect ourselves, our families, or to shoot for sport.”