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Chalk up another “success” for California’s gun control laws. Even with universal background checks for firearms and ammunition, a 10-day waiting period, gun and magazine bans, and dozens of other gun control laws, police believe 29-year old Domico Dones was illegally possessing guns when shots rang out and five people were killed at a Halloween party in the Bay-area town of Orinda. While Dones hasn’t been charged with any of the shootings that took place, police say the investigation is still active, and he’s only one of several individuals currently in custody.
Authorities say the investigation is so sensitive they can’t say anything specific about his involvement Halloween night. Dones is accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. He also has a prior felony conviction for second degree robbery in Santa Clara County.
That prior felony conviction means Dones is prohibited from owning firearms legally, but even California’s restrictive gun control laws were apparently no obstacle for Dones to illegally acquire his guns.
Dones was one of two suspects arrested last week in connection with the shootings, which police believe were sparked by rival gang members at the party. The other, 29-year old Frederick Johnson, has also been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.