Ironically, in 1968 The American Rifleman, an official National Rifle Association publication, printed an editorial calling for an end to the importation of concealable junk guns due to their inferior quality and use in crime.
More recently, the gun industry magazine Guns and Ammo (like a Consumer Reports for the firearms industry), has contained numerous reviews of junk guns produced by Southern California manufacturers such as Bryco, Lorein and Davis, concluding that most of their guns were so poorly made that gun buyers could not depend on them to be safe or reliable for self-defense or sport shooting purposes.
Newly released data from the ATF shows that in 1996, the three firearms most frequently traced at crime scenes were junk guns made in the United States (foreign-made junk guns were banned from importation in 1968).
Assembly Bill 1500, now awaiting your signature, is this year's attempt to ban junk guns
, also known as Saturday night specials.
The kicker is that more than 70 percent of the junk guns sold in the United States are manufactured by six Southern California companies known as the Ring of Fire.
The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously against an ordinance to ban junk guns, and the Los Angeles County supervisors hedged their bets by voting to ban junk guns only in the unincorporated areas of the county.
Let's hope it doesn't take more carnage at a high school or on our streets to get state and local officials to do the right thing and permanently ban the sale of junk guns and assault weapons in California.
A new study released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shows that, without question, junk guns are overwhelmingly favored by juvenile criminals.
Junk guns are cheap and easily concealed, and they lack important safety features.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms study makes clear that junk guns are the preferred weapons of juvenile criminals.
The information collected by the bureau shows that junk guns are used in eight of every 10 cases when criminals 17 and younger use firearms.
Interestingly, the study shows that the youngest criminals tend to favor the smallest, lightest and cheapest junk guns, such as the ultra-compact Raven .