California has no money to stop felons and the mentally ill from owning guns
IN California, convicted felons and the diagnosed mentally ill are banned from owning guns. Stephen Lindley, chief of the state’s Bureau of Firearms, says each year around 3,000 people are added to the list. He estimates that people on the list possess around 35,000 guns:
“California authorities are empowered to seize weapons owned by convicted felons and people with mental illness, but staff shortages and funding cuts have left a backlog of more than 19,700 people to disarm, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.”
So. About that gun control….
Photo: Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association CEO, testifies as supporters and opponents of stricter gun control measures face off at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on what lawmakers should do to curb gun violence in the wake of last month’s shooting rampage at that killed 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)