Democrats Using CA Shooting to Pass Gun Bans That Already Exist

On May 30 Breitbart News reported that Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) and about two dozen Democrats are pushing a bill ostensibly aimed at banning stalkers, domestic abusers, and the mentally defunct from buying guns. 

The problem with these bans is that they already exist via ATF Form 4473--a federal form gun purchasers submit to when going through a NCIS background check. 

Here are three questions from that form:

Question 11f, form 4473: "Have you ever been adjudicated mentally defective (which includes a determination by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority that you are a danger to yourself or to others or are incompetent to manage your own affairs) OR have you ever been committed to a mental institution?"

Question 11h, form 4473: "Are you subject to a court order restraining you from harassing, stalking, or threatening your child or intimate partner or child of such partner?" 

Question 11i, form 4473: "Have you ever been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence?" 

If your answer is "yes" to any of these questions, then an individual is already barred from buying a gun. 

So if the stalkers, domestic abusers, and the mentally defunct are already barred from buying a gun, why are Democrats pushing legislation to bar them from buying a gun?

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