Republican Assemblyman Allan Mansoor says no one who is prohibited from owning a weapon "should be able to slip through the cracks ... because government officials failed to report this vital information.”
Courts, cops and state hospitals are supposed to inform the state Justice Department when a mentally ill person gets barred from owning a gun. For example, whenever a court commits a person to an institution because they pose a threat to others, or when a patient makes threats against others during a private session with a therapist.
Once someone is prohibited from owning a gun, the Justice Department adds their name to a list that is used to confiscate thousands of firearms each year from people who pose a threat.
It’s the law, but Republican Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) worries it’s not being followed.
“No one who is prohibited should be able to slip through the cracks and obtain a firearm because government officials failed to report this vital information,” he says.
In a letter to the chair of the Legislative Joint Audit Committee, Mansoor asked that the state scrutinize the Department of Justice’s handling of reports and the track record of a sampling of state Superior Courts.
A state Justice official recently reported that almost 20,000 Californians own guns who aren’t supposed to, including some who are mentally ill.