In Silvester v. Harris Federal District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii rules that there is no evidence that a “cooling off” benefit exists from waiting periods

26 Aug , 2014  

California Federal District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii might have been appointed by Bill Clinton, but his decision that was released on Monday, August 25th still found:

There is no evidence that a “cooling off period,” such as that provided by the 10-day waiting period, prevents impulsive acts of violence by individuals who already possess a firearm.(fn) A waiting period for a newly purchased firearm will not deter an individual from committing impulsive acts of violence with a separate firearm that is already in his or her possession. . . .

Footnote: Defendant argues that because some firearms are better suited for certain purposes than other firearms, a waiting period may prevent an impulsive act of violence with the new weapon. Relying on Agent Graham‟s testimony, Defendant cites the example of Shareef Allman, an individual who had several firearms, including at least one pistol, a rifle, and an assault-style weapon, and who killed nine people in Cupertino, California. . . . The assault-weapon was not used in the shooting. . . . The pistol was obtained legally, and it was unknown whether the rifle was legally obtained. . . . However, as Agent Graham admitted, any cooling off period created by the 10-day waiting period did not work.


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