State Senate OKs Money For Gun-Seizure Program

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Generic photo of guns. (credit: Stockton Police Department)

Generic photo of guns. (credit: Stockton Police Department)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has approved a bill authorizing more money for a California program that seizes guns from people who are prohibited from having them.

Thursday’s 31-0 vote, which included support from eight Republicans, sent SB140 to the Assembly.

The bill authorizes $24 million for the state Department of Justice’s Armed and Prohibited Persons program, which is the only one of its kind in the nation.

It prohibits gun ownership for people convicted of a felony or a violent misdemeanor, who are subject to a domestic violence restraining order or who are determined to be mentally unstable.

The department has confiscated more than 10,000 weapons under the program since 2006 but has a backlog of nearly 20,000 people because it has too few agents to go after the weapons.

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