A lawmaker is proposing legislation that would require closer scrutiny of hunting licenses like the one used by a teenager charged with opening fire at a synagogue last year.
The suspect, John T. Earnest, was issued a hunting license, but it was not set to go into effect until about two months after the shooting in April at the Chabad of Poway near San Diego. Earnest is charged with killing a 60-year-old woman and injuring three others, including the rabbi and an 8-year-old girl.
Earnest, age 19 at the time, picked up the weapon the day before from a San Diego store. Having a valid hunting license is the only way someone under 21 who isn’t in the military or law enforcement can legally buy a weapon under state law.