Taking guns in California
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#1 May 6, 2013
SACRAMENTO -- The state will send dozens of new agents
into California neighborhoods this summer to confiscate
nearly 40,000 handguns and assault rifles from people barred
by law from owning firearms, officials said Wednesday.
The plan received the green light Wednesday, when Gov. Jerry
Brown signed legislation providing $24 million to clear the
backlog of weapons known to be in the hands of about
20,000 people who acquired them legally. They were later
disqualified because of criminal convictions, restraining
orders or serious mental illness.
The bill is the first of more than a dozen gun measures introduced by California lawmakers after the December
massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
"This bipartisan bill makes our communities safer by giving law enforcement the resources they need to get
guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous individuals," said Evan Westrup, a spokesman f or the
California is the only state in the nation to operate a database that cross-references gun owners with those
who are subsequently disqualified from owning firearms. But budget cuts have prevented the state Department
of Justice from keeping up with the list, which grows by 15 to 20 names every day, officials said.
The new funds will allow the department to hire 36 additional special agents and support staff , with the first
officers expected to hit the streets in July, said Lynda Gledhill, a spokeswoman f or Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris.
The money comes from a surplus in fees paid for background checks by people purchasing guns.
The new agents will work primarily in cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno and
Riverside, which have requested additional help, Gledhill said. The effort is expected to take three years.
"Our reinvestment in this tracking program gives us the opportunity to confiscate" guns from those who should
not have them, said state Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), author of the legislation.
Opponents of the measure include the National Rifle Assn. of America and Sam Paredes, executive director of
Gun Owners of California, who said any confiscation campaign should be paid f or by the state general fund.
"Going after criminals is a good thing, but the way they are paying f or it is grossly unfair," Paredes said. "They
are putting the entire burden on the back of law-abiding gun purchasers."
Paredes said some gun owners may not know that they are disqualified from possessing guns for reasons
that include, f or example, a restraining order in a domestic violence case. He said an education campaign urging
people to turn in weapons would be less costly and safer than sending out armed agents.
Some Republican lawmakers voted against the bill, SB 140, because they too objected to tapping money not
intended f or the new purpose. Other Republican legislators supported the allocation, helping to give it two thirds
approval in both houses.
Of the gun owners on the prohibition list, 32% were disqualified by conviction on a felony or a violent
misdemeanor, Gledhill said. About 30% were disqualified for mental health reasons, including court
determinations that they are dangerous; 20% are the subject of an active restraining order f or cases including
domestic violence; 18% are wanted by authorities for violent crimes.
#2 May 6, 2013
The existing squad of 33 special agents investigated nearly 4,000 people and seized about that same number
of weapons, including 300 assault weapons, during the last two years, officials said.
"California is leading the nation in a common-sense effort to protect public safety by taking guns away from
dangerous, violent individuals who are prohibited by law from owning them," Harris said in a prepared
The California Legislature is still considering measures that would require ammunition purchasers to pay for a
permit, close loopholes on the existing assault rifle ban and impose a nickel-per-bullet tax to pay f or mental
The Democratic governor, who has said he owns guns, has not taken a public position on the remaining bills.
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#5 May 6, 2013
Using the word surplus in the same sentence with california is insanity...but then they did elect moonbeam!
#6 May 6, 2013
actually now Cali is operating WITH A SURPLUS
#7 May 6, 2013
"California is leading the nation in a common-sense effort to protect public safety by taking guns away from dangerous, violent individuals who are prohibited by law from owning them"
So Ralph would rather have guns in the hands of the mental insane and convicted felons?
#8 May 7, 2013
Surplus debt, they are so far under they can't see the sun rise. Nothing to do with taking guns though. Under thew stupid gun laws they will restrict veterans from having guns, they already said they could be domestic terrorists.
#9 May 7, 2013
who is the bravest person of the 1950s?
a. Senator Joe McCarthy
b. Rosa Parks
#10 May 7, 2013
Your local cop.
#12 May 7, 2013
Ralph in Ohio worries about guns in California, and has to tell people in New Mexico all about it
WTF is wrong with him??????????
#13 May 7, 2013
You forgot I hate negroes too.
#14 May 7, 2013
that's not what you done called em at the Klan meeting bro.
#18 May 7, 2013
sorry for the loss of your spiritual sister. tim mcveigh
#19 May 7, 2013
I'll be printing out handguns with my 3D printer in no time!
#20 May 7, 2013
by sitting on it?
#21 May 8, 2013
Changing the subject to defeat the truth never works.
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