Amid financial and political turmoil throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, California noticed a document improve within the sale of handguns final yr, and the variety of long-gun purchases was increased than it has been in 4 years, state Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta stated Thursday.
With gun violence additionally surging, Bonta known as on native regulation enforcement to step up efforts to scale back shootings, together with use of a state regulation that enables judges to order non permanent elimination of firearms from folks deemed a public hazard.
“Whereas violent crime charges are nonetheless properly under their historic highs within the early ‘90s, the will increase we’ve seen throughout this pandemic are unacceptable,” Bonta stated. “In California and throughout the nation, gun violence specifically continues to be a uniquely American well being disaster.”
Statewide, there have been 2,202 homicides reported in 2020, a rise of 31.1% over the yr earlier than, based on a separate report launched Thursday by the state Division of Justice. Bonta stated the overwhelming majority of these homicides concerned weapons.
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