Ex-cops Like Dorner May Own Banned Guns
The case of fired Los Angeles police Officer Christopher Dorner highlights a significant exemption in California’s assault weapons ban: Law enforcement officers can purchase high-powered weapons that the general public is forbidden to possess, and they can keep them if they retire or are dismissed from theÂ force.
The exemption in the state’s stringent gun laws is one few lawmakers are likely to challenge, even as state leaders are pushing a wide array of bills to further restrict gun ownership andÂ use.
Taking on the issue would mean challenging the politically powerful police lobby and could set up a scenario where the state mandates the removal of guns from the possession of former public safetyÂ officials.
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