Yesterday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris [above] announced that a six-week statewide sweep by 99 luftballons—sorry, Department of Justice agents yielded 1,209 firearms and 155,731 rounds of ammunition. According to the Golden State’s top cop, all of the guns were confiscated from people who shouldn’t own guns, including citizens deemed mentally unstable and people with active restraining orders. And what of criminals, you ask?
Well, Harris mentions them in her prepared statement . . .
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. We are all safer thanks to the sworn officers who carried out this sweep and I am committed to strengthening this program.
And how . . .
To clear the APPS [Armed & Prohibited Persons System, Click here for the AG’s fact sheet] backlog of approximately 34,000 handguns, Attorney General Harris is the sponsor of Senate Bill 819, which would revise the penal code to expand the use of existing regulatory fees collected by gun dealers to allow the state Department of Justice to use fee revenue to pay for the APPS program.
The bill would also allow the DOJ to seek to hire new agents, and offer training to local law enforcement agencies in support of the APPS program.
I know this is a digression, but where did the CA AG get that “34k outstanding illegally held guns” stat? foxnews.com
The [APPS] system was created 10 years ago to cross-reference five databases to find people who legally bought guns and registered assault weapons but are now barred from owning the weapons.
It has found nearly 18,000 people who shouldn’t have weapons. However, Harris said local law enforcement and state agents don’t have the time or personnel to track down their addresses and conduct the high-security operations needed to safely seize the guns from people who are presumed to be dangerous. Many of them own more than one weapon.
If we’re doing the cost – benefit analysis thing, wouldn’t these DOJ dudes be better off rousting convicted felons? Where’s the proof that mentally ill people and citizens under restraining orders are more dangerous than, I dunno, gang bangers? Speaking of which . . . Felons’ firearms in this sweep? None.
Harris said 90 percent of the people who had guns seized were barred from owning weapons because of mental illness and 10 percent because of restraining orders or convictions usually related to domestic violence.
Never mind, let’s do it! Send in the pre-cogs! And join us on the road to hell paved with good intentions. Or am I too cynical when I think that any task force with lots of money that has nothing to do will do . . . something. Hi-cap mag? Safely stored weapon? Prohibited “assault rifle” part? Knock knock.