$24 million may be added to enforce state's "no-gun list."

March 10, 2013 12:39:12 AM PST
The program is designed to disarm Californians who are legally banned from owning a weapon because of a criminal conviction, a restraining order or mental illness.

It's estimated 19,000 people on that list hold about 35,000 firearms.

Some people at the Fresno Gun Show say they support the state's efforts in the "no-gun list." But they don't think the program needs more money. And gun control supporters say enforcing that list is a good start for increasing public safety. Thousands of gun enthusiasts showed up Saturday for the Fresno Gun Show. Many walked out with cases of ammunition.

And as gun and ammo sales rise, the state senate is looking to increase funds for the "armed prohibited persons system," a database that helps to identify people legally banned from owning weapons.

Cameron Aldinger of Fresno said, "if it seems like what they already have in place is not enough, maybe, I don't think any extra money is going to help."

Gun owner Cameron Aldinger says he already jumps through too many hoops to own weapons. He thinks the state should work with the funds already in place.

As for Beverly Fitzpatrick the president of Peace Fresno, she says the extra enforcement to the no-gun list is a good effort but the focus should be on specific weapon bans.

Fitzpatrick said, "Guns are there to injure, hurt, and kill whatever. If people want them for hunting, or protection I don't have a problem with that, but automatic weapons and magazines with more than 10 rounds? I don't see a need for that."

Senate bill 140 will transfer the $24 million from an account of money collected through gun sales, money generated at places like the Fresno Gun Show.

The bills co-author Senator Mark Leno said in a statement to Action News "Our reinvestment in this statewide identification program will help eliminate a troubling backlog and growing mountain of illegal weapons, which threatens public safety in our communities and prevents us from enforcing existing firearms laws."

"We already have a lot of gun control as it is. But, what we have in place even, if we make it more extreme could take away some rights for law abiding citizens. A criminal is going to get their hands on it, with or without a strenuous law," he said.

The state is also hoping the extra money will allow for more agents to be hired. The senate bill must now pass in the state assembly.


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