OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) --Gun ownership and violence took center stage in Oakland where congressman Eric Swalwell and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley hosted a member of British Parliament.
Table after table in a court room were filled with the firearms seized from criminals in Oakland who were prosecuted for murders and shootings.
One gun was used to kill a 15-year-old girl and another was used to kill journalist Chauncey Bailey.
"You look at some of these weapons and you think, what on earth would you buy that for? That's my reaction. Why would you want something like that in your house?" said British Parliament member Patrick Grady
Grady is shadowing Swalwell on an educational trip to the United States and this was a real eye-opener.
"We have people on the terror watch list who are able to buy a firearm," Swalwell said.
Proposition 63 on the ballot this November would impose mandatory background checks to buy ammunition. Some gun owners, who chose not to go on camera, say California is punishing law abiding citizens.
"Criminals and terrorists are not going to abide by the law or follow restrictions on ammo," Swalwell said.
These guns go back in a vault, but plenty of others are still out on the streets of Oakland.