California lawmakers support amnesty for illegal gun owners

Patrick McGreevy (Los Angeles Times) | May 29, 2013

State lawmakers are expected to be divided along party lines Wednesday when they act on eight gun-control measures, but one firearms-related measure approved this week won bipartisan support.

The state Senate voted 39-0 to approve legislation that would provide an amnesty program for thousands of Californians who own 40,000 guns but are disqualified from possessing firearms because of criminal convictions, severe mental illness, arrest warrants or temporary restraining orders.

Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) has proposed a 15-day amnesty period during which people will not be prosecuted for illegally possessing firearms they turn in. After that, the state Department of Justice will send agents to their homes to confiscate the weapons and potentially fine those who possess the firearms.

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Photo credit: Rich Pedroncelli / blankociated Press / February 7, 2013

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