Gov. Brown Calls for Stronger Federal Gun Laws in Wake of San Bernardino Attack

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Brown said the federal government should ban gun purchases by people on the no-fly list, and he called for stronger national gun laws. Congress, he said, should “get off their partisan seat and do something to protect the American people.” (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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In the wake of the San Bernardino shootings, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday called for stronger federal gun laws, rebutted Republican criticism of President Obama and urged vigilance against potential terrorist activity.

“Ideas are being generated around the world that are coming back, a blowback that’s hitting Europe, it’s hit Turkey … and now it’s hit California,” Brown said in a CNN interview.

Speaking from the convention center outside Paris where he’s attending a United Nations summit on climate change, Brown accused some politicians of “demonizing, exploiting” the terrorism issue, mentioning Republican candidate Donald Trump as one who takes it “to a rather extreme level.”

But he added, “That doesn’t mean we don’t have to be pretty intensive in our effort to ferret out these people who are developing these attitudes that then turn into mass slaughter. I don’t have the full answer, but I wouldn’t be too complacent that we’ve got it right yet.”

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