Forget Gun Buybacks. D.I.S.A.R.M. Criminals

This website has highlighted the monumental stupidity of gun buyback programs (a.k.a. gun crime theater). We will continue to do so, wherever this “I know! Let’s get broken ass weapons off the street while flirting with the possibility of creating a black market for functional stolen weapons!” idea rears its taxpayer-bilking head (or something like that). Heres the trick to reducing gun crime: take guns away from criminals. Note to gun control advocates: it’s illegal for convicted criminals to possess firearms. All you have to do is yank their chain. Like this . . .

Authorities found a cache of weapons Friday, including shotguns and rifles, owned by a convicted sex offender after searching three homes across the Santa Clarita Valley.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials received an anonymous tip that Tyler Ferguson, 23, of Valencia, had guns and ammunition in his home, said Lt. Mark Hershey.

Ferguson pleaded no contest to one felony count of sexual penetration with a foreign object in February 2006, according to officials with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Deputies searched Ferguson’s home on the 24000 block of Masters Cup Way and found two bolt-action rifles, a 9mm pistol, a .45-caliber pistol, a .38-caliber pistol and several rounds of ammunition, Hershey said.

Tyler, who was sentenced to five years of probation, told investigators he inherited the guns from his grandparents, Hershey said.

But wait! There’s more!

He then told authorities that he had more weapons at a family member’s home in Green Valley.

At the home, authorities recovered four shotguns, three more pistols and a couple thousand rounds of ammunition, Hershey said.

After searching the Green Valley home, deputies were informed that Tyler had more weapons stashed at a home in Castaic . . .

While searching the Castaic home, Hershey said authorities found more ammunition and a Zastava military assault rifle manufactured in the former Yugoslavia.

OK, so this is one of those headline cases that everyone loves because Tyler is the ultimate pariah and lions, tigers and bears oh my the cops found a modern sporting home defense assault rifle. Hence the news report in the-signal.com. But Mr. Tyler’s return to prison on a weapons charge is not a solitary case. In many important ways, it’s not even representational. It’s better than that . . .

Funding for these types of parole searches comes from project D.I.S.A.R.M. [Developing Increased Safety through Arms Recovery and Management], which was created by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2000.

It was initiated by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who represents the SCV.

Since the program began, officers have seized about 6,500 guns, $300 million in drug money and made almost 13,000 arrests throughout Los Angeles County, said Tony Bell, Antonovich’s spokesman.

You want to reduce gun crime? This is the way to go.
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