Gun owners, gun control foes flex muscles in California

by The Los Angeles Times  |  published on January 21, 2013

The issue of gun control was debated vigorously this weekend at various venues across California.

In Sacramento, hundreds rallied in front of the Capitol in Sacramento on Saturday to protest efforts to restrict gun ownership.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Gun Club drew big crowds.

Many patrons at the gun show were unaware that Saturday was National Gun Appreciation Day, which gun activists intended to use to remind President Obama and Congress of the people’s right to keep and bear arms and to protest any proposed gun restrictions in the wake of the mass killing last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn.

Range master Joseph Im said the crowd at his facility was typical for a weekend. But he said the range had seen an uptick in its ammunition sales (the facility sells ammunition, but not firearms) since the Sandy Hook shooting and the renewed debate over gun control, as local gun stores had sold out.

Thomas Brambila, 38, and Tamara Vravis, 43, had come to the range on a first date. Brambila said he had grown up target shooting, although he does not own a gun now because he has young children in the house. He called Obama’s gun control proposal “misguided.”

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