On December 2, 14 county health department employees were killed and 21 were injured when co-worker Siyed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik opened fire at a government social services center in San Bernardino, California, in what is now being considered a terrorist attack and is the largest act of gun violence since the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut three years ago. The suspects, who later died in a shootout with law enforcement, were armed with assault rifles semi-automatic handguns and 1600 rounds of ammunition. An investigation of their home found an arsenal of weapons. Recently a ballot initiative was introduced in California to require background checks and permits to purchase ammunition, similar to gun sales. In the article “California ballot initiative aims to make it harder to acquire ammunition,” for The Guardian, Professor Timothy Lytton discusses the potential hurtles that may need to be overcome for this ballot initiative to be successful.
Timothy D. Lytton is a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law and a member of the Center for Law, Health & Society. His expertise is in the public policy implications of tort litigation. Lytton is the editor of Suing the Gun Industry: A Battle at the Crossroads of Gun Control and Mass Torts (2005).