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California Judge Strikes Down ‘unconstitutional’ 10-Day Waiting Period to Purchase Handgun

A district judge in Fresno, California, has struck down a long-standing state law that required those purchasing a handgun to wait 10 days before being allowed to take possession of it.

Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony Ishii in Fresno, California, wrote that the waiting period did not make sense for people who have a gun and passed a background check before the 10-day period was up. The ruling did not apply to first-time gun buyers.

“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,” Ishii wrote.

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