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California law permits gun confiscation

By United Press International

California's attorney general said it could cost up to $50 million dollars to confiscate guns from people on the state's Armed Prohibited Persons list.

California is the only state in the union with a program to confiscate guns from people who bought them legally but were later disqualified, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

Attorney General Kamala Harris said California has more than 19,700 gun owners who are no longer qualified to possess firearms.

They are identified by analysts who track gun sales back to 1996 and match them against databases listing criminal convictions, restraining orders and mental health detentions.

For the past five years, California's gun apprehension teams have been sweeping through neighborhoods in unmarked trucks to retrieve guns from owners no longer permitted to have firearms.

To date more than 10,000 guns have been collected.

"This is about prevention," Harris said.

California's program is being studied as a potential model for the nation.

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  1. teapartyproudComment by teapartyproud
    February 20, 2013 @ 6:17 am

    This is not about prevention, it’s about setting a precedent.

    “Trust us, we’ll only take the guns from those who shouldn’t have them. Just get used to the idea of government seizing guns. After all, if you haven’t done anything wrong, it won’t affect you, right? We’re only trying to help!”

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    • zionadvocatecomComment by zionadvocatecom
      February 20, 2013 @ 11:01 am

      While I don’t want legal gun owners to have their guns taken away, I also don’t want those not legally qualified to have them.

      There must be a reasonable way to do this. For instance, upon conviction of a crime that disqualifies them for gun ownership they should be required to legally dispose of the gun. Delivery to a FFL with the appropriate paperwork should be sufficient. The gun can then be sold to anyone per the laws of the state.

      The fact that this was not thought out in advance created this seizure scenario. If the assumption is that the person is going to follow the law after conviction than give them 30 days to provide the appropriate documentation or be subject to fines or incarceration.

      Obviously some people will justify more severe seizure procedures but I can’t imagine that during legal proceedings the ownership of guns are not considered. On the other hand I have heard of dumber things.

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  2. rickinnevComment by rickinnev
    February 20, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    “Attorney General Kamala Harris said California has more than 19,700 gun owners who are no longer qualified to possess firearms.”

    But has a whopping large portion of the 20 Million illegals that probably don’t carry sling shots and are not in system..nice Kamala, just another California screw-up.

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  3. RobertRComment by RobertR
    February 20, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    And if they didn’t have those records they couldn’t be doing what they are. What if those people sold them to someone out of state or to their neighbor? Are they ‘armed’ with search warrants to go through the whole house and look in every drawer and closet for those nasty mean guns?

    Kalifornia has lost it’s mind and there is no hope in ever coming back to reality.

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  4. DudleyComment by Dudley
    February 20, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    They are not armed with search warrants. The swat team goes to the house and bullies their way in by intimidation. They use the ignorance of the law to prey on these people. I read the article posted in the LA Times and the responses by readers just made me want to puke. The people who live in California must have trouble breathing due to the lack of mental capability. It is dispicable the ends people will go through to make sure “prohibited” persons are stripped of their rights in advance of any crime.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      February 20, 2013 @ 11:58 am

      This is a direct result of the dumbing down of society by not teaching civics and government in our schools. We all have a constitutional guarantee of being secure in our person and papers against unreasonable searches and seizures, and no government official has the authority to enter the home of a citizen without a search warrant. But if people are ignorant and allow the law to bully them, they are asking for trouble.

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    • spindizzyComment by spindizzy
      February 20, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

      But bna, they will surely have warrents. They will all be perfectly legal. And these won’t all be “criminals” that can no longer have firearms. Anyone convicted of “domestic violence” will be low hanging fruit for the Konfiscators, as it is against Federal rules for anyone with a dv conviction to ever own a firearm again. Domestic violence in many states and in many situations is a joke. How many hundreds of thousands of otherwise innocent and law abiding citizens are going to be made into criminals, I wonder. And what will their response be?

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  6. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    February 20, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

    Fifty million dollars to confiscate guns… well it’s a good thing then that California has got plenty of money to spend… ohhh wait… never mind.

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