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The following article was posted on February 11th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 49 [ Submit a Story ]
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Political Watch 2/13/14

• Assembly members Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo) and Adam Gray (D-Merced) responded to a recent bipartisan audit of the California Department of Justice by announcing they will introduce legislation to ensure that courts will report people determined to be a danger to themselves or others, as a result of a mental illness or disorder, to the justice department within 24 hours. The audit revealed that most courts were not reporting these kinds of determinations to the Department of Justice at all. A press release sent out by Achadjian’s office said there is an extensive backlog of reports sitting in courts that could result in “thousands of illegally owned guns remaining in our communities.” The legislation Achadjian and Gray are authoring will be designed to ensure reports are submitted quickly and with certainty. “Californians are rightfully outraged by acts of gun violence, and they expect that state officials will take every action to keep guns away from those who are ineligible to possess them,” Achadjian said in the release. “The Legislature must ensure that courts make their reports to the Department of Justice, so that enforcement agents can confiscate illegally owned firearms.”