State gun seizure law approved
April 19, 2013
A unique gun-seizure program in California will get additional funding following passage of a San Francisco Democrat’s bill Thursday by the full Assembly. (Sacramento Bee)
The program, called the Armed and Prohibited Persons Act, authorizes the expenditure of $24 million over the next three years for the taking of arms from people who purchased guns lawfully, but who have been convicted of a felony, a violent misdemeanor, a domestic violence restraining order, or an official determination of mental instability. It was introduced by Sen. Mark Leno.
Supporters say that more than 20,000 people have been identified in California as possessing guns illegally.
Attorney General Kamela Harris said after the vote that the measure will allow her department “to double efforts to enhance the law and reduce the number of weapons illegally possessed by dangerous individuals.”
The bill heads for the governor’s desk after a Senate vote, where it will receive its anticipated final approval.