Tuesday, May 27, 2014
(Isla Vista, CA) -- The Isla Vista rampage is leading to questions about how a troubled young man like Elliot Rodger could get his hands on several guns. Rodger was able to legally obtain three guns despite having a history of depression and seeing therapy. UCLA law professor Adam Winkler tells the "Los Angeles Times" that under California law, a diagnosis of mental illness generally doesn't affect a person's right to own a gun in the state. Winkler says if Rodger had issued threats of violence against specific victims when speaking to a therapist, the therapist would have been required by law to report it, which would have led to Rodger being banned from owning guns.