AG Bonta Announces $5 Million to Aid in Gun Seizures From ‘Prohibited Individuals’

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California Attorney General Rob Bonta speaks astatine  a quality    league  successful  Sacramento connected  Aug. 17, 2021. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo)

California Attorney General Rob Bonta speaks astatine a quality league successful Sacramento connected Aug. 17, 2021. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP Photo)

California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced Aug. 3 his bureau is allocating $5 cardinal to assistance Sheriff’s departments crossed the authorities successful seizing weapons and ammunition from radical who had antecedently purchased a firearm and person since go legally prohibited from possessing them.

“In the United States successful 2022, determination person been much wide shootings than days successful the year,” Bonta said a statement. “Gun unit is the fig 1 origin of decease of children and young adults successful our nation. This is unacceptable.”

Sheriff’s departments utilize what’s called the Armed and Prohibited Persons System, a database of accusation from the Department of Justice that tracks weapon owners to place those who are nary longer permitted by instrumentality to ain them.

As of January 2022, determination were astir 25,000 of these “armed prohibited individuals”—less than 1 percent of the 3.2 cardinal known firearm owners recorded successful the database, according to Bonta’s office.

The $5 cardinal successful authorities grants, dubbed the “Gun Violence Reduction Program,” volition beryllium made disposable to region Sheriff’s departments that use present done Sept. 2.

The grants scope betwixt $250,000 and $1 cardinal and volition beryllium issued starting January 2023.

The grants were made imaginable by the California Budget Act of 2021, which provided the authorities with $10 cardinal successful “Gun Violence Reduction Program” funding.

Priority volition beryllium granted to counties with the highest populations of these “armed prohibited individuals,” counties without a Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms tract office, and region proposals with the champion tactical plans of removing these firearms.

Julianne Foster

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