County Wants a Dedicated "County Gun Team” For Firearm Confiscation

Santa Clara County in California wants to form a special County Gun Team that will enforce gun confiscation for over 4600 confiscation orders issued every year. The mandate of the team would be to identify people prohibited from owning firearms and taking them away. The team would consist of a prosecutor, an investigator, and three analysts. The high demand for gun confiscation is because of the “red flag” laws that the state has had for years. The state has enacted a more intrusive version of the law that extends to workplaces and schools, leading to many unnecessary confiscation orders creating a backlog.

California’s Red Flag law allows seizure of weapons not only for people with a criminal prohibition but those with mental health conditions. According to Craig DeLuz of the Firearms Policy Coalition, some of the firearms to be confiscated belong to people wrongfully listed in the Armed and Prohibited Persons System database system.

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Additionally, the system does not notify people to hand in their weapons because it fears that people would stash them away. This leads to an increase in the backlog of cases involving people who would otherwise hand their firearms.

The Democratic solution to the problem has been to request for more funding to implement gun confiscation instead of sorting out the system. Gov. Gavin Newson has requested for $5.3 million to fulfill the confiscation orders. In Santa Clara, County Supervisor Cindy Chavez is pressing for the use of $427,247 in hiring a dedicated supervisor and prosecutor for the firearm confiscation program. Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Marisa McKeown wants to create permanent positions for these posts currently filled on a part-time basis by highly motivated individuals working in the county's office.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the gun confiscation program a huge success, although results indicate otherwise. Santa Clara is just one example of the failed program where so many confiscation orders, including those of innocent people, cause a colossal backlog such that even dangerous criminals end up keeping their firearms.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.

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