California law shifts $24 million to gun-confiscation program
May 1st, 2013
07:41 PM ET

California law shifts $24 million to gun-confiscation program

California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed legislation Wednesday that will boost funding for state efforts to confiscate firearms from those prohibited by law from owning them, the governor's office announced.

The bill gives $24 million from the Dealers' Record of Sale fund – fees paid by gun owners at the time of purchase – to the state's Department of Justice to help clear the backlog of individuals who once purchased a gun but are now barred from possessing firearms.

The state's Bureau of Firearms has identified about 20,000 Californians who illegally hold an estimated 40,000 handguns and assault weapons, with the list growing by 15 to 20 every day.

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  1. banasy©

    Enforcement of existing laws is a good thing.

    May 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    Criminals obey gun control laws in the same manner politicians follow their oaths of office... 😉

    May 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Criminals don't obey laws. This is a given. Should all laws be abolished because criminals don't obey them?
    And of course the politicians only concern after being elected is making sure their elected again...

    May 1, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    "Criminals don't obey laws" Exactly! Which is in the same manner that politicians obey their oaths of office...

    May 2, 2013 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joshua

    Just another way to pay for California's liberal ways. A perfectly painted face for democrats who dig themselves into a hole. What's Cali's deficit again? Oh never mind. Folks on here think deficits are nothing to worry about

    May 2, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Why would you attribute the statement on the deficit to liberals ? This is how it actually went down. And this is a c/p quote :

      O'Neill said he tried to warn Vice President Dick Cheney that growing budget deficits-expected to top $500 billion this fiscal year alone-posed a threat to the economy. Cheney cut him off. "You know, Paul, Reagan proved deficits don't matter," he said, according to excerpts. Cheney continued: "We won the midterms (congressional elections). This is our due." A month later, Cheney told the Treasury secretary he was fired.

      May 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua

      Oh good god man. It's California! Of course it's liberal policies that have gotten them there. My goodness they keep spending more than they take in JUST like the ogomer administration. But that's no big deal either is it? Well I think a twenty trillion projected federal deficit is a VERY big deal dispite the yawns across the country. Tragic

      May 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    Great! Enforce the laws that already exist. Before making new ones that won't be enforced.

    May 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Lol @ Jason, ive been saying that forever and people still dont get it. Its a collosal waste of time formating more laws when no one enforces the current ones. Besides criminals would still get them illegally anyway!

    May 5, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ted

    Why wouldn't this be a good idea? If I understand it correctly. A person who becomes a convicted felon SHOULD NOT have a gun. Cost should be secondary.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dr Gonzo

    How many of these same gun nuts just a few months ago were whining about how existing gun laws were not enforced? Even Wayne Lapierre? Now that they are being enforced, it's "tyranny."

    May 7, 2013 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |