Shockingly enough, it comes from California; where the Attorney General of the State got the crazy idea to actually go and enforce the gun laws that were on the books.
The goal of this investigation was to prevent violent crime in California by disarming individuals who were the most likely to use their unlawfully held guns to commit violent crimes. To identify the highest risk cases, analysts from the California Department of Justice created investigative case files on persons who legally acquired firearms in the past, but failed to relinquish the weapons after a violent felony conviction.
Department of Justice agents typically take action when firearm owners should have relinquished weapons after events such as:
• Felony convictions
• Violent or firearms-related misdemeanors
• Domestic violence incidents
• Protective orders, probation conditions, and other court orders
• Involuntary commitments under Welfare and Institutions Code section 5150 or 5250
I’ll probably take some heat for supporting this, but the fact is that I’ve never supported violent felons, domestic abusers, or the mentally incompetent owning firearms. I am pleased that California made the decision to actually remove guns from the hands of people who were forbidden from owning them, instead of going after law abiding citizens to take their guns.
I’m quite surprised that California gave me an opportunity to congratulate them on actual, effective gun control as it should be practiced, by enforcing the existing laws barring violent people from owning guns.