California law shifts $24 million to gun-confiscation program
May 1st, 2013
07:06 PM ET
10 years ago

California law shifts $24 million to gun-confiscation program

(CNN) - California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed legislation Wednesday that will boost funding for state efforts to confiscate firearms from those prohibited by law from owning them, the governor's office announced.

The bill gives $24 million from the Dealers' Record of Sale fund - fees paid by gun owners at the time of purchase - to the state's Department of Justice to help clear the backlog of individuals who once purchased a gun but are now barred from possessing firearms.

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The state's Bureau of Firearms has identified about 20,000 Californians who illegally hold an estimated 40,000 handguns and assault weapons, with the list growing by 15 to 20 every day.

The money will fund 36 additional agents to increase enforcement of the operation that confiscates such weapons. Cities most targeted in the Armed and Prohibited Persons program include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno and Riverside.

California is the only state with the program. People are put on the list if they once bought a firearm and then are convicted of a felony or a violent misdemeanor, are placed under a domestic violence restraining order or are determined to be mentally unstable.

The new law comes as a few other states have passed new gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting that left 26 dead in December.

- CNN's Carey Bodenheimer contributed to this report.

Filed under: California • Gun control • Gun rights
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Getoverit

    And so it begins....

    May 1, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. nuclear mike

    We never gave Gov. Gray the money he wanted and nobody should be giving you $24 million to confiscate firearms from people who may not be criminals at all on an exploratory mission of "let's see what we can find in someone's house"!

    May 1, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    Those numbers are appalling: 20,000 convicted felons, wife-batterers, and other assorted nuts own, on average, 2 guns apiece in my state. While US Senators slurp up cash from NRA lobbyists and ignore the will of the people, Jerry Brown is doing the right thing for his constituents.

    May 1, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Less guns , more prescription meds !

    Just kidding ,

    California Gov. Jerry Brown is a great Governor .
    He never went on a walk about on the Appalachian trail only to end up in Argentina .

    May 1, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. Debbie

    California doing what impotent Congress cannot do.

    May 1, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein

    If it gets some illegal guns off the street, I look forward to hearing about a reduction in gun violence after that.

    May 1, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. Jinx9to88

    Dems are way overboard on guns and GOP way overboard on abortion. The funny thing about it is that they are both a constitutional right. Get to work on jobs!!!

    May 1, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  8. Derek

    Yeah but I'm sure big Armando with 3 felony counts and has been to jail 5 times can hold on to his fully auto glock 9mm, why oh because it's not registered of course. Oh no thats racist because we are Liberals. We only want the crooks to have guns and the good guys not too.

    May 1, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. Name

    And how exactly would this have stopped the shooting?

    May 1, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  10. stick it

    Ok lets see how ligit this is and what effect if any will it have to the killin ......oh but if we stop the infiticide for 1 year im sure we as humans could feel good then to !!!!!

    May 1, 2013 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  11. MaryM

    That's right, get the guns out of the hands of the criminals

    May 1, 2013 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  12. CraigRB

    Every little bit helps.

    May 2, 2013 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  13. mark johnson

    This is how the government takes away your guns.

    May 2, 2013 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  14. Gurgyl

    Good for USA.

    May 2, 2013 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  15. Cephus

    Start with Oxnard Ventura!

    May 2, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  16. Dan_in_MA

    You need to understand that this kind of activity, while appearing to be a good thing on the surface, is part of a slippery slope that only gets steeper. Notice the ambiguous clause "determined to be mentally unstable."

    First it's the crazy people, then it's people with DUI's. Then it's ex-military people who have seen a doctor for post-traumatic-stress. Eventually it's for anybody who has received a speeding ticket, or anybody who "needs a crutch" and attends a Christian church.

    A government that finds itself in a position of uncontested power has the temptation to become a monster. Remember Lenin, Mao, Hitler, etc. Not all governments do this, but once it happens, an unarmed populace has no way to stop it.

    There must be a balance of power between the people and the government. When that balance tips to far in the governments favor, look out. You'll wish you were armed, but then it will be too late to be able to protect yourself.

    May 2, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |