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Mike
08-12-2005, 8:37 AM
Daily News link (http://www2.dailynews.com/news/ci_2934400)
Article Launched: 08/12/2005 12:00:00 AM

LAPD gun tracking effort will be tested in Valley
By Dan Laidman, Staff Writer



The Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire division will become a testing ground for a new campaign to fight gun crime by prosecuting gun owners who improperly transfer their weapons, officials announced Thursday.
Local police and prosecutors are joining with the state attorney general to ramp up enforcement of existing laws aimed at keeping legal gun owners from turning over their firearms to those who would commit crimes.

In addition to more prosecutions, the officials plan to send letters to every new gun owner in the division's jurisdiction which covers Chatsworth and Northridge, as well as parts of Canoga Park, Granada Hills and Winnetka and another test area in South Los Angeles, warning of criminal penalties if gun transfers are not properly documented.

"Owning a firearm carries with it a great deal of responsibility," said City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. "This effort is intended to make sure gun owners live up to that responsibility."

When guns change hands, the law requires that a form be filled out that allows state authorities to conduct a background check on the new owner. However, officials say many criminals are receiving weapons informally from friends, family and other acquaintances.

Delgadillo and his partners in the campaign, the Los Angeles Police Department and the state attorney general, want to inform gun owners that bypassing the paperwork on such transfers could result in criminal consequences such as fines or a year in jail. The letters will be accompanied by billboards and radio advertisements.

The Devonshire division was chosen because police there recover the second largest number of guns used in crimes compared with other divisions, second only to South Los Angeles, officials said.

Between July 2003 and June 2004, authorities recovered 283 crime-related guns in the Devonshire division, according to the Attorney General's Office. Of those, 137 had been in the possession of someone other than the legal purchaser.

"Too many violent crimes in our communities are the result of guns falling into the wrong hands," said Attorney General Bill Lockyer in a prepared statement.

Delgadillo, who is running to succeed Lockyer next year, met with some skepticism Thursday while announcing the plan to a gathering of community group members and reporters at the LAPD's 77th Street station.

Hollis Dillon, who used to teach in the surrounding South Los Angeles neighborhood and still owns property there, was one of several attendees to question the city attorney. He appreciates the effort and supports law enforcement, he said, but doubts if threatening legal gun owners with jail will have much effect on crime.

"The guy who is a criminal, he believes he's beyond going to jail anyway," he said. "He doesn't have that fear."

Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390

dan.laidman@dailynews.com

imported_1911_sfca
08-12-2005, 4:28 PM
OMG.. they are actually enforcing existing gun laws?? But I thought you lowered crime by writing new ones..?

RRangel
08-12-2005, 5:24 PM
Hollis Dillon, who used to teach in the surrounding South Los Angeles neighborhood and still owns property there, was one of several attendees to question the city attorney. He appreciates the effort and supports law enforcement, he said, but doubts if threatening legal gun owners with jail will have much effect on crime.

"The guy who is a criminal, he believes he's beyond going to jail anyway," he said. "He doesn't have that fear."

Now this is a smart man. The AG should be listening to him. If someone is intentionally selling firearms to those that shouldn't own them that's a problem. Selling your own private property shouldn't be a problem.

It just so happens that in California you aren't free. They've made selling your property a crime if you do it without their permission. In most other states they haven't passed the so called "gun show loophole" so a real private party transaction is actaually legal.

Imagine that?!
Such a terrible country we live in that people can sell their own property.

Does anyone else notice? I like how the dummies in charge changed South Central Los Angeles to South Los Angeles because the former name had such a negative image. This is typical of California representatives. They'd rather give up on problems, and present a smoke screen, or create a law like making a private party sale illegal so that we're all criminals.

Rumpled
08-12-2005, 5:24 PM
They're going to send letters to every new gun owner?
Isn't there something about not keeping DROS/4473 data?
How do they get the addresses?
They must have too much DROS funds, so they're finding some way to spend it.
Remember, they raised DROS fees as an emergency - I don't think they've finished making the raise permament yet.

Charliegone
08-12-2005, 5:26 PM
Ditto that http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

icormba
08-12-2005, 7:11 PM
"When guns change hands, the law requires that a form be filled out that allows state authorities to conduct a background check on the new owner. However, officials say many criminals are receiving weapons informally from friends, family and other acquaintances."

Hey Billy Bob drug dealing nephew of mine... make sure you tell me when your gonna take that 9mm out of my underwear drawer! We need to make sure we go down to the FFL and do the proper transfers. http://www.calguns.net/banghead.gif