Skip to comments.California Seizes Guns As Owners Lose Right To Keep Arms
Posted on 03/12/2013 5:20:49 PM PDT by Texas Fossil
Wearing bulletproof vests and carrying 40-caliber Glock pistols, nine California Justice Department agents assembled outside a ranch-style house in a suburb east of Los Angeles. They were looking for a gun owner whod recently spent two days in a mental hospital.
They knocked on the door and asked to come in. About 45 minutes later, they came away peacefully with three firearms.
California is the only state that tracks and disarms people with legally registered guns who have lost the right to own them, according to Attorney General Kamala Harris. Almost 20,000 gun owners in the state are prohibited from possessing firearms, including convicted felons, those under a domestic violence restraining order or deemed mentally unstable.
What do we do about the guns that are already in the hands of persons who, by law, are considered too dangerous to possess them? Harris said in a letter to Vice President Joe Biden after a Connecticut school shooting in December left 26 dead. She recommended that Biden, heading a White House review of gun policy, consider California as a national model.
As many as 200,000 people nationwide may no longer be qualified to own firearms, according to Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis. Other states may lack confiscation programs because they dont track purchases as closely as California, which requires most weapons sales go through a licensed dealer and be reported.
3 guns were confiscated. No charges were made. This was precipitated by a nurses notes on an admission of the wife to a mental hospital.
It has been reported that most weapons confiscated by this process are destroyed.
anyone still claiming that registration doesn’t lead to confiscation?
Cops: We’re here to get your guns.
Woman: Get a search warrant.
I hope this policy will not lead to unnecessary deaths, but it seems risky. How many gun owners will be reluctant to get mental health help if they know that they could permanently lose their rights to hunt and to defend themselves at the whim of a single socialist nurse?
Bump! Almost instant.
Ping for later
And school/doctor/pharmacy records will be accessed for each ADHD, ADD pupil. They will be put on the “list” and denied the right to purchase a gun. ( if Kalifornia doesn’t ban them alltogether).
Check with the Caliornia state legislature ~ they’re mostly nut cases, and they’ve all got weapons.
LOL...how naive....they break your door down, shoot your dog, violate you and your family in every way imaginable, then you have to spend more money than you have to get "justice"
We don't need no steenkin warrant serf.....
>> LOL...how naive....they break your door down, shoot your dog, violate you and your family in every way imaginable, then you have to spend more money than you have to get “justice”
>>We don’t need no steenkin warrant serf.....
They were denied entry to a house because they had no search warrant.
Pretty bad precedent even for Kalifornia.
Works every time it's tried too, huh?
>>They were denied entry to a house because they had no search warrant.
>Works every time it’s tried too, huh?
It does if they don’t want to get sued.
It can take as little as 15 minutes to obtain a search warrant. You might want to come up with a different plan.
>>It can take as little as 15 minutes to obtain a search warrant. You might want to come up with a different plan.
That’s fine. Let the judge justify the criminal charges associated with the warrant.
Even worse, remember in the USSR they simply arrested dissidents and committed them to an asylum. The Kalifornia system could then seize all their assets. Like good little Commies.
You're joking, right?
You think they give a damn about getting sued when they don't pay the price?
When they start prosecuting the violators and holding them criminally responsible, then stripping them of their pensions instead of the tax payers, be sure to alert me.
BTW, let me know how this law suit turned out:
OK, so this woman went in for a mental health issue. Was she ajudicated mentally defective?
from a link after the article:
CA seized 2,000 weapons last year and 117,000 rounds of ammunition and 11,000 high-capacity magazines, according to state data.
Most of the weapons are destroyed.
Well Well Well
There were no charges, civil or criminal.
As far as a hearing before a Judge, I suspect some judge signed off on this confiscation.
Due process does not exist here.
It would disgust you to know how easy that is to do.
Garen Wintemute is down right creepy.
Isn’t this what people want, enforcement of the existing laws?
It is not perfectly clear that is the outcome, but it is implied in the wording of the article.
It is a fact that most weapons confiscated by police are very difficult to recover.
“How they’ll try to make it happen in some places” ping.
Yep, very creepy looking. AND his thinking is Insane.
You become depressed after a death in the family and go to the Dr for Prozac, they take your guns away and the spouses guns away.
The Ex Wife gets a restraining order because she “feels threatened”, they take your guns away.
A nurse’s notes from something his wife said- really? WOW I hope there is at least a competency hearing for him to have a chance to defend himself if he does not agree.
Talk about creepy.
But I look out my door and this is still Texas where I live.
If they think this will work here or that Texas is going to be like Kalifornia, They are WRONG....
Oh, I know. I lived in Cali for 5 years. Aaaaaand, I moved.
Dollars to donuts this was not a gun registration issue.
This guy had a background check at the time of purchase, and that information is supposed to be purged after the approval process.
Guess where they got the info on the guns this guy owned.
No, this is not a registration issue.
It was triggered by something noted by a nurse when his wife entered a Psyc Hospital.
That put her on the no gun list and because he live with her his were confiscated.
They did nothing illegal, no charges were made, guns were taken by police....
Doesn’t the constitution say no private property can be taken for public use without compensation? Aren’t guns private property? I don’t believe it’s a crime to receive mental health treatment. Even if the state has the right to take guns from people who haven’t committed a crime, doesn’t the state still have to pay for the property that’s taken???
I appreciate your thoughts there, but your state is allowing itself to be occupied just like California did. Sooner or later things go upside down when that happens.
In time, Texas will be Californi-like, unless it puts a stop to what killed California.
True Texas Fossil, but the point is, they knew he had guns.
We don’t have to register our weapons in state.
How did they know he had guns to take?
Yes, it’s one way they can chip away at gun ownership. Pretty slow going though as it won’t apply to many. This lady wasn’t legally adjudicated mentally incompetent to she has some leverage to fight this. That means letting some lawyer/s tap your bank account though. If she does have a case they should contact the NRA, get some legal advice/help there and get this case known so they can get legal and financial help. Gotta make these commies lose as often as possible.
umgud: “Was she ajudicated mentally defective?”
That’s a very good question. Constitutional rights aren’t unlimited, but there’s also something in there about not being able to punish people without giving them a proper trial.
Not sure. Probably depends on state law.
Are offending state laws Constitutional? Do you expect an Obozo court to find in the favor of the citizens rights.
He thinks he is above the law and makes them up as they go along.
DICTATOR? He thinks so. So do the Commie Dems.
We shall see.
There should have been a shootout. Just taking out 2 of them is a positive.
This article is not clear who was in the mental hospital- the woman or her husband.
I am sure that CA requires handgun registery.
If you read the link to bloomberg at the bottom of the article it is clear the woman was admitted to Psyc Hospital.
I could not agree more. There are lots of other people in CA with guns who scare the hell out of me and no one in law enforcement seems a bit interested in seizing their weapons: the Crips, Bloods, Fifth Street Gang, the Mexican Mafia, MS-13, the 38th St. Gang,violent drug-financed motorcycle gangs and so on. Where's the focus on the real criminals?