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Guns Seized From Mentally Ill in Statewide Sweep

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As part of a statewide effort, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced today that agents seized 1,209 guns from people who are legally barred from having them, including those who are deemed mentally unstable, people with active restraining orders and known gang members. The sweep was the second of its kind, and netted three times as many weapons as the first effort in 2007. In addition to the guns, the 99 Department of Justice agents involved in the operation confiscated 155,731 rounds of ammunition and two grenades.

No breakdown of the sweep was available; i.e., how many people who had guns seized had restraining orders and how many were mentally ill, or what was done with those found to have weapons in their possession illegally.

At any rate, the sweep was being hailed as a key step on the road to gun safety. Senator Leno, D-San Francisco, had this to say:

"Innocent lives have already been lost because we allow guns to be in the hands of known criminals, gang members and people who have serious mental illnesses. Increased confiscation of these unlawfully-possessed firearms will help prevent future crimes and result in cost savings to the state due to avoided prosecution and incarceration."