California agents seize 1,200 firearms from people who cannot legally own them, say 34,000 remain.

California law enforcement agents have seized 1,200 firearms from people…

California law enforcement agents have seized 1,200 firearms from people who cannot legally own them because of mental illness or restraining orders.

However, Attorney General Kamala Harris said Thursday that more than 34,000 handguns and nearly 1,600 assault weapons are still believed to be held statewide by people who should not have them.

Most people bought the weapons legally but were later prohibited from owning guns.

But 12 people were arrested on suspicion of illegally owning assault weapons or grenades during a six-week sweep by the state Department of Justice in April and May.

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.

Source: The Associated Press via The Washington Post.

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  • General Jim M

    No one should lose his’ firearm just because there is a restraining order.This is taking away a constitutional right when the person has not benn convicted of a crime.A precaution? Trying to prevent a crime before it happens? Precrime? A guy’s girlfriend or wife could lie about a guy and say he’s dangerous. The government then confiscates his’ gun collection.It’s also an easy way to disarm the American people enmass.The Soviets declared political dissidents to be mentally ill.It seems we are headed in the same direction.The courts and the police have no right to strip an unconvicted citizen of constitutional on the say so of one prejudiced hostile witness.In my humble opinion Judges and cops who push this crap should be tarred and feathered.

  • Todd D

    I hear ya Col, unfortunately, I live in this crappy state.

  • POLICE STATE IN ACTION…..NEXT THEY WILL TARGET THOSE THEY “SUSPECT” OF HAVING FIREARMS THAT ARE NOT ON THE SO CALLED APPROVED LIST OF FIREARMS….A LIST WHICH IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL…KALIFORNIA IS A POLICE STATE…A TYRANNY A NATIONAL DISGRACE!!!!!!