New California law tightens gun-buying loophole exposed by Poway synagogue shooting

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — Like the many gun safety bills that have come before it, the one just signed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom is borne from tragedy. In 2019, John T. Earnest, a then-19-year-old Rancho Penasquitos college student, opened fire on a Poway synagogue using a rifle he bought at a Grantville gun shop. He did so under a narrow provision that allows 18- to 20-year-olds to buy guns as long as they have a hunting license. Earnest had one — the license just wasn’t valid yet. A measure signed into law Thursday night tightens that loophole. The legislation is the latest reminder that even in a s…

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