CA Hiring 36 To Confiscate 40,000 Guns From People Barred from Owning Them


California will send dozens of new agents into neighborhoods this summer to confiscate nearly 40,000 handguns and assault rifles from people barred by law from owning firearms, reports the Los Angeles Times. The plan got the green light yesterday, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law providing $24 million to clear the backlog of weapons 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. California is the only state with a database that cross-references gun owners with those who are subsequently disqualified from owning firearms. Budget cuts have prevented the state Department of Justice from keeping up with the list, which grows by 15 to 20 names every day. The new funds will allow the hiring of 36 agents and support staff, with the first officers expected to hit the streets in July. The money comes from a surplus in fees paid for background checks by people purchasing guns.

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