LA Supervisors Push .50 Cal. Rifle Ban After 9mm Pistol Used in Shooting

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Los Angeles County supervisors are pushing a .50 cal. rifle ban after a 9mm pistol was used in the January 21, 2023, Monterey Park, California, mass shooting.

Breitbart News noted the Monterey shooter killed 11 people with a 9mm pistol. Two days later, another attacker used a pistol to kill seven in Half Moon Bay.

On February 6, 2023, KTLA reported LA County supervisors are weighing a ban on .50 caliber rifles and .50 caliber ammo in response to the 9mm killings.

They are also weighing a county wide gun registry, a liability insurance requirement for gun owners, and a requirement that gun stores post warnings about “the dangers of firearms.”

The state of California already has gun storage laws, gun registration requirements, universal background checks, an “assault weapons” ban, a red flag law, a 10-day waiting period on gun purchases, “ghost gun” regulations, a limit on the number of guns a law-abiding citizen can buy each month, a ban on campus carry for self-defense, a ban on K-12 teachers being armed for classroom defense, and a background check requirement for ammunition purchases.

On June 5, 2022, Breitbart News pointed out that California was ranked number one in gun control and number one in “active shooter incidents.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. AWR Hawkins holds a Ph.D. in Military History, with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Reach him directly at


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