(CALIFORNIA HEALTH REPORT) – Gun rights advocates, however, say the state’s approach to regulating guns doesn’t help prevent violence, and simply frustrates law abiding gun owners. Craig Deluz, spokesman for the Sacramento-based Firearms Policy Coalitionsaid a recent federal study showing most criminals likely purchase their guns on the black market, points to the ineffectiveness of trying to regulate legal gun sales.
“The study confirms what we have said for decades,” Deluz said. “That gun laws are not effective, because people who are obtaining a firearm in order to break the law are not going to follow the law in the obtaining of that firearm.”
To reduce gun-related deaths, the state needs to crack down on gangs and illegal drug use, and provide more mental health resources to people at risk of suicide, the spokesman said.