California Too Broke to Disarm Felons, Mentally Ill
State has backlog of 19K gun owners to disarm
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2013 1:15 AM CST
Updated Jan 30, 2013 3:45 AM CST
Some of the firearms California has managed to seize.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

(Newser) – People afraid the government will take their guns away might want to consider a move to California, where the state is too broke to take guns away from felons and other people it is supposed to disarm. Law enforcement officials say budget cuts have left authorities with a backlog of 19,700 convicted felons and mentally ill people to disarm, the Los Angeles Times reports. These gun owners claim a total of around 39,000 firearms.

The states seized the firearms of around 2,000 people on the Armed Prohibited Persons list every year, but around 3,000 names are added to the list yearly, the chief of the state's Bureau of Firearms says, estimating that it will cost $25 million to hire enough staff to clear the backlog within three years. State lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow California's Department of Justice to dip into funds collected when gun buyers pay for background checks.

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reallybig
Jan 30, 2013 6:58 PM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD ..... California is so broke it can't enforce the laws, but they can afford to have police protect the nude Gays performing sexual acts on Castro Square. --------- REALLY
right2dave
Jan 30, 2013 3:07 PM CST
If the actors can kick in millions for Obama they can't help their own state?
AJDallas44
Jan 30, 2013 12:34 PM CST
OK, this hate-California propaganda is very simple to dispell. Listen closely. Most states don't actively collect firearms from convicted felons AT ALL. It's illegal for a convicted felon to own a firearm, but most states don't spend the money or resources to actually go out and try to collect them. So in actuality, if you are a felon with a firearm you should avoid California. Even though they've got a backlog, they still try to actively collect those illegally-owned weapons. Most states don't. All clear?