FBI: California Leads Nation in Active Shooter Incidents Despite Strict Gun Laws


New FBI figures reveal that California, a state with some of the toughest gun control laws in the country, led the nation in “active shooter incidents” in 2023. According to the FBI, which designated 48 shootings as active shooter incidents last year, California accounted for eight of those incidents. This makes it the leading state in the nation in this category.

The locations of these shootings varied, with incidents reported in open spaces, businesses, and education centers, according to ABC News. Fox News noted that California’s gun control laws, which are considered some of the toughest in the country, did not prevent the state from experiencing the most active shooter incidents.

This is not the first time California has led the nation in active shooter incidents. According to previous FBI data, California also had the highest number of such incidents in 2021, with six reported cases. Despite this, California Governor Gavin Newsom continues to tout the success of gun control in his state while criticizing the gun laws of other states, such as Florida.

AWR Hawkins
AWR Hawkins
AWR Hawkins is one of the preeminent 2nd amendment journalists having racked up a series of high profile awards in the space. The Second Amendment Foundation named him Journalist of the Year 2015; Gun Rights Defender of the Year 2016; and Journalist of the Year 2017. He was named 2019 Journalist of the Year at the 34th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, and Gun Rights Defender of the Year at its 2020 conference.

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