Fresno Bee: Obama’s plan already the law in California, gun-rights advocates say

In his speech outlining a series of proposals targeting mass shootings and gun violence, the president called for anyone “in the business” of selling firearms to get a license and conduct background checks of buyers.

Barry Bauer, of Herb Bauer Sporting Goods in Fresno, pointed out that under California law, private-party transfers of guns already go through a dealer who has a federal firearms license. In addition, all purchasers of guns in the state are legally required to pass a computerized federal background check.

“We’ve got all those things in place already,” he said.

Added Craig Deluz of the Firearms Policy Coalition, a pro-gun-rights blog: “Everything on his wish list is in California.” Deluz is also legislative advocate for the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, the state’s largest association of firearms retailers and manufacturers.

But Deluz added that he worries about how an executive action by the president would be implemented. “The president doesn’t respect the Second Amendment. Why would he respect any other part of the Constitution?”

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