Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times

Tim Donnelly, shooting at a Watsonville gun range on Feb. 6, may have violated probation terms set after he took a gun to an airport.

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    Californians’ mood is mixed, with likely voters divided on whether the state is moving in the right direction, according to a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. Republicans were decidedly pessimistic, with 70 percent saying we’re heading the wrong way. Democrats were cheerier, with 66 percent saying the state is heading in the “right direction.” That left independents to decide the question, and they were split: 46 percent “right direction” to 45 percent “wrong direction.”

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The Buzz: San Bernardino DA 'looking into' Tim Donnelly’s handling of guns

Published: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 - 12:00 am

Donnelly’s use of guns

raises probation questions

One condition of Tim Donnelly’s probation after a loaded firearm was discovered in his carry-on bag at an airport in 2012 is that the Twin Peaks assemblyman – and now candidate for governor – could not “personally use, own or possess any firearm that is not registered to him.”

So it raised some eyebrows when Donnelly, campaigning in recent days, held well-publicized events at a gun store and a gun range, holding firearms and shooting them.

Christopher Lee, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, said in an email the office is “looking into this matter” but had no more information.

Donnelly, the Legislature’s most outspoken gun-rights advocate, pleaded no contest in 2012 to two misdemeanor gun charges. The Republican said he forgot the gun was in his bag.

Barry Krisberg, former president of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and a lecturer at UC Berkeley, said it’s not clear that Donnelly’s handling of a gun at a store or a range constitutes possession. If it does, he said, it is “in the most marginal sense” of the law.

– David Siders

Worth repeating

“Convicted felons should not be serving in our state government.”

GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE NEEL KASHKARI, weighing in on the future of Sen. Rod Wright,

D-Los Angeles, whom a jury found guilty of perjury and voter fraud.

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