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California faces backlog of 40,000 weapons in hands of felons, mentally ill
Amid a national debate about preventing the mentally ill from owning firearms, one state has a potentially potent weapon -- in California, officials are allowed to confiscate guns from convicted felons and those with a history of mental illness.
Just one problem. Staff shortages and funding cuts in recent years have left a backlog of nearly 20,000 people to disarm, says Stephen Lindley, chief of the Bureau of Firearms for the state Department of Justice.
According to the state DOJ, that's nearly 40,000 handguns and assault weapons currently in circulation that shouldn't be.
As Capitol Hill begins to debate a raft of anti-gun violence measures -- ranging from gun control bills to proposals to improve screening and the mental health system -- California officials are trying to take matters into their own hands.
After Lindley testified at a hearing last week that his office lacks enough staff to confiscate weapons from felons and the mentally ill -- which are recorded in the state's Armed Prohibited Persons database -- lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill that would free up funds for that job.
Democratic Sen. Mark Leno is sponsoring a bill that would allow the state to dip into funds collected when gun buyers pay for background checks - about $19 a person. Using that money to hire more agents, he said, would allow the state to start to chip away at the nearly 40,000 weapons on the street and in homes that, according to the law, shouldn't be.
"We have only been able to confiscate a small number of these illegally possessed weapons due to lack of resources," Leno told FoxNews.com.
Read more: California faces backlog of 40,000 weapons in hands of felons, mentally ill | Fox News
Possession of hollow point bullets and similar assault bullets a felony.
Must register and report ammo purchases. Only purchase max 500 rounds.
10 round magazine limit
ALL magazines must be fixed to the gun (can not be removed without the use of a tool)
100% prohibition of all magazines greater than 10 rounds. All previous grandfathered magazines become illegal. Felony if you keep one.
Changing definition of shotgun revolving cylinder — Basically only single shot shotguns will remain legal.
Bullet Buttons will become illegal — All AR and AK style rifles that are currently equipped with them will be designated Assault
Weapons. Felony to possess.
All gun owners now must be licensed like drivers.
All gun owners must carry gun liability insurance
I buy ammo in 1000 rd. cases. Case of shotgun ammo for trap shooting is 250 rds. Easy to go through several cases over a week-end during a trap shoot meet.
What about reloading components? I have thousands upon thousands of cases, equal number of primers (They're sold in lots of 1000.) Bullets sold in lots of 100, standard procedure to stock thousands of bullets in various calibers.
Hollowpoint ammo is banned by the Geneva Convention, so it's not "assault ammo." SCOTUS has ruled (McDonald / Heller) that semi-auto handguns are the most used defense guns, and protected by the Second Amendment. Defense ammo is hollowpoint. That's the market norm.
Magazine fixed to gun, see above SCOTUS ruling. Good luck loading a Glock or a 1911 from the ejection port.
You think you want my high capacity magazines? Come get them. Better bring a bullet-proof vest . . .
Trap shooting shotguns have two barrels, must be evil.
No clue what a "bullet button" is. I expect these legislators don't have a clue either. If it's banned, we'll just change the name.
License/registration constitutes "infringement" -- puts the tyrannical govt. in charge of the guns. SCOTUS says that won't fly.
I have liability insurance, a million dollar liability umbrella. It covers guns too. But this is more infringement.
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
It's time the people regulated the tyrannical militia that is the California Legislature. "Government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed."
I wonder what the rule is constitutionally about expunging a state from the rest of the union?
Ya'now how crucial it is that they have universal background checks
to prevent people who are supposed to be prohibited from having guns. Oh Really?
Funny how Ca has money for all kinds of feel good goofy shit,
and how important NEW restrictions are.