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Current CA Gun Law
California law does not require someone to prove that they know how to handle a firearm safely before receiving a permit to carry a concealed, loaded firearm in public.
Currently, background checks are only required under federal law for sales conducted by licensed dealers. This lets criminals and other prohibited purchasers acquire guns — often from strangers met online or at gun shows — without a background check, no questions asked.
Illegal Gun Trafficking
Felons, convicted domestic abusers, and other groups of people at elevated risk of committing gun crimes are prohibited by law from buying or possessing firearms. But traffickers are able to take advantage of our nation’s porous laws to buy guns from lawful owners and transfer them to criminals, turning a profit and putting guns into dangerous hands.
Online Gun Sales
Currently, federal law requires licensed gun dealers to conduct background checks for all gun sales, but in most states, background checks are not required for person-to-person sales by an unlicensed seller. Many of these sales take place between anonymous strangers who meet online, where a vast digital marketplace for guns has emerged. Today, hundreds of thousands of guns are available for sale from unlicensed online sellers at the click of a mouse, no questions asked and no background check required.
All of the above info is taken from the website Everytown For Gun Safety, an organization devoted to stopping illegal gun sales in the US.
The Gun Manufacturer's Lobbying Effort
Total for Gun Rights: $2,445,633
Total Number of Clients Reported: 8
Total Number of Lobbyists Reported: 41
Campaign Contributions from this industry
National Rifle Association: $971,000
National Shooting Sports Foundation: $970,000
National Association for Gun Rights: $324,904
Safari Club International: $60,000
Citizens Committee for Right Keep & Bear Arms: $44,729
Boone & Crockett Club: $35,000
American Suppressor Association: $20,000
Dallas Safari Club: $20,000
The NRA Gun Lobbying Effort
Over the last four decades, the leaders of the National Rifle Association have steered the organization away from advocating on behalf of sportsmen and hunters towards lobbying for the most extreme policies and opposing virtually all gun violence prevention legislation. In recent years, that’s meant working tirelessly to prevent the passage of common-sense laws that would do more to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.
NOTE: All lobbying expenditures on this page come from the Senate Office of Public Records. Data for the most recent year was downloaded on April 24, 2018.
Data from: The Center for Responsive Politics
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