ABC News: Experts explain why California is still rife with gun violence despite some of the most stringent gun laws in the country

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Even with some of the strictest gun laws in the country including in-depth background checks and the more recent increase in the minimum age required to purchase a firearm, California was plagued with a string of mass shootings in the first few weeks of 2023. Experts say that there are too many guns in the U.S. to prevent gun violence in any given state regardless of how strict California’s gun policy may be, though gun violence has affected Californians at a much lower rate than in other states. Experts also blame the flawed background check system that does not catch everyone and where prospective purchasers can lie, especially if they were willing to commit a mass shooting. To learn more about why California continues to struggle with gun violence and what experts are saying needs to be done, click here.

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