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California Agents Seize Guns From Mentally Ill

California law enforcement agents seized 1,200 guns from the mentally ill and others banned from keeping firearms, but thousands more remain with people who shouldn’t have them.

A third of the seizures came from the mentally ill. The rest of the weapons were seized from people with criminal records or those who have temporary restraining orders against them. Steve Linley, of the bureau of firearms in the state attorney general’s office, says the seizures have saved lives including those of the people who had the weapons illegally.

“Because we just don’t know what they’re going to do," Linley said. "They are armed with firearms and assault weapons. If we can take a firearm from an individual who is mentally ill, eventually we are preventing somebody from getting hurt.”

Linley says 34,000 more guns remain statewide with people who shouldn’t have them. Of that figure, 1,859 are believed to be in San Diego County.

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HaroldAMaio | June 17, 2011 at 4:48 p.m. ― 5 years, 9 months ago

---California law enforcement agents seized 1,200 guns from -the- mentally ill and others banned from keeping firearms.

Ms Sharma and Editors err. The bans are specific, "the" mentally ill is not. It is poor editing. Banning "the' Jews or "the" Blacks is concrete example of the error.

Banned from owning firearms are -people- declared by a court of law a danger to themselves or others because of a mental illness. It might not be as concise as "the" mentally ill, but it is precise.

May I ask, what was your intention as editors? My belief: You were repeating habituated words, rather than reporting.PLease correct your error, quote the language of your state's gun laws.

Thank you.

Harold A. Maio, retired Mental Health Editor

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esyadam | June 17, 2011 at 9:04 p.m. ― 5 years, 9 months ago

it is a wonderful thing that our government can protect us so well from ourselves. i personally know numerous gun owners , many of which own numerous guns. to date,none of them have been used in anger or self defense. not one gun in my personal collection has or will be used to do more than put holes in unwary paper targets at a proper range. guns of any kind dont kill people..... its morons who lack the ability to handle them with the proper respect that kill. no different than the drunk driver that kills someone with their car..... do we take away cars from dangerous drivers?
no we dont, just look at our roads and drivers...bad drivers kill more people than any guns .

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