California Senate approves $24 million for gun confiscation program

Darrell Steinberg,
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) gestures at a pair of semi-automatic rifles as he discusses a package of proposed gun-control legislation last month. The first bill was approved Thursday. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press / February 7, 2013)

Patrick McGreevy

L.A. Times
March 8, 2013

The California Senate approved a $24-million expenditure on Thursday to speed the confiscation of guns from people who have been disqualified from owning firearms because of criminal convictions or serious mental illness.

Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said budget cuts to the Department of Justice have hampered a program that targets people who purchased firearms legally but were later disqualified because of a subsequent conviction or determination of mental illness.

As a result of the cuts, there is a backlog of 19,000 people who have improper possession of more than 40,000 guns, including 1,600 assault weapons, and the number is increasing faster than their firearms can be confiscated.

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