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California Seizes 1,200 Illegally Possessed Firearms

June 18, 2011  | 

California law enforcement agents have seized 1,200 firearms from people legally barred from owning them because of mental illness or restraining orders.

The six-week sweep resulted in three times as many firearms seized in 2007 during the last sweep, Attorney General Kamala Harris announced at a regional zone meeting with law enforcement.

"Seizing guns from felons, gang members and other prohibited persons is the kind of smart, proactive law enforcement that makes a difference in the everyday lives of Californians," according to Harris. "We are all safer thanks to the sworn officers who carried out this sweep and I am committed to strengthening this program."

In the sweep, 99 agents from the state's Department of Justice seized 1,209 firearms. Agents also seized 155,731 rounds of ammunition and two grenades.

Harris announced the seizures at a news conference at the California Highway Patrol's Sacramento headquarters, and also promoted SB819, a bill that would expand the state's use of a $25 registration fee collected by gun dealers to pay for the department's Armed and Prohibited Persons System (APPS). The system now has a backlog of approximately 34,000 handguns.

The bill would also allow the state's DOJ to hire new agents, and offer training to local law enforcement agencies in support of the APPS program.

"In today's economic reality, it is more important than ever to work together to find new solutions to common problems," according to Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. "We need to share ideas, manpower, intelligence and energy to continue to make headway in the fight against crime."

The meeting was attended by law enforcement from Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Yolo counties.

Comments (2)

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SWAN @ 6/20/2011 2:51 PM

At face value this sounds like a good idea and something that should have been happening all along. However, the $25 processing fee and 10 day waiting period in CA is an example of restrictive gun laws that DO NOT necessarily equal a safer environment which has been the case in most cities and states that impose strict regulations. The $25 fee was only supposed to be used for the registration process (administrative), not for illegal firearm raids (enforcement).

Californians are being asked to hunt with lead free bullets, while in the CA assembly/senate they may consider all lead free bullets as "armor piercing" which will mean no hunting in the Condor Range (about 1/3 of the State). They have been trying to repeal or do away with the open carry law while on the other hand they do not favor issuing CCW permits. They do not even recognize the LE Officers’ Act for concealed weapons carry which is a Federal Law (LE buddy called from CT to verify carrying concealed weapon while visiting with CA Department of Justice who said "no").

I find it hard to support more of the legislation and "enforcement" ploys. I do see a State that does not recognize their citizen's right to keep and bear arms and without reading more of the criteria that leads them to decide who gets raided and who does not, I will remain very skeptical about this and any other program they may purpose. There is more to CA's firearm enforcement then can be stated in this article.

JN @ 6/22/2011 4:04 PM

Swan, If I was your friend I would carry regardless of what he was told.

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