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Gilroy holds vigil for shooting victims

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/30/19, 10:59 am

Keyla Salazar, 13, saved a family member during Sunday’s shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. When her family ran away, she stayed behind with her stepfather’s mother, who uses a cane and was wounded. Salazar later died at the hospital from her wounds. The shooting also killed 6-year-old Stephen Romero and 25-year-old Trevor Irby. Hundreds gathered at the Gilroy City Hall Monday night for a candlelight vigil honoring the victims, including 12 who were wounded.

How did the shooter get his weapon? Santino William Legan, 19, legally purchased the semi-automatic rifle in Nevada, where the minimum age to buy guns is 18. The purchase would have been illegal in California, which restricts firearms purchases to those 21 and older. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, called for controls on high-powered, high-capacity guns he labeled “weapons of mass destruction,” but the state already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Police shot and killed Legan shortly after he opened fire. Authorities said he posted potentially white supremacist views on social media.

Dig deeper: WORLD Digtal’s Lynde Langdon has written about security at public concerts and festivals following high-profile shootings.

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  • BL
    Posted: Tue, 07/30/2019 06:19 pm

     The purchase and transfer (receiving the actual firearm) of a firearm by a California resident in another state is not a legal transfer. The murderer to have purchased in Nevada would’ve had to have had a non-California ID. Therefore it was an illegal transfer. 


     Appropriate legal reference: California: Residents of California can only be transferred a firearm in the state of California. (CA Pen. Code 12072.C & 12048(d)(7)(A))

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 07/30/2019 09:46 pm

    Legan apparently could provide identification as a resident of Nevada at the time he purchased the gun.  There has been nothing in any news article I’ve seen that indicates any irregularities in the purchase. Basically, this means the dealer ran the standard background check through the national NCIS service, and Legan passed.

    So what do we do here?  A person is not going to have a criminal record until they have been convicted of a criminal act. Should we ban gun purchases by anyone under 21, as California and some other states have? Maybe we should raise the age to 30.

    Maybe we don’t allow anyone to possess a firearm until they have passed a psychiatric evaluation.  

    Maybe we just ban guns altogether. I’m a gun owner and recreational shooter so naturally I don’t favor that, but some do sincerely believe that is the only real answer. 

  • Rich277
    Posted: Wed, 07/31/2019 07:50 am

    To believe this would work, you would have to believe that someone willing to commit murder would be stopped for fear of breaking a gun law.