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5. Gun law praised, doubted
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Gun law praised, doubted

By Rob Young/Appeal-Democrat

Semiautomatic handgun safety features recently signed into law by Gov. Gray Davis "could prevent 24 percent of unintentional shootings," according to Berkeley's Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

To Robert Boehm of Yuba City's Shooter's Paradise gun store, it's just one more law written by "legislators trying to make themselves look good."

Gun safety depends on the person using the gun, not new safety features, Boehm said.

"You can't legislate intelligence," Boehm said.

Under the new law, all new semiautomatic handguns sold in California in 2006 must have one of two features: an indicator that tells the user when there's a round in the gun's chamber or a disconnect device that does not allow a gun without a magazine to be fired.

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