Agents will miss deadline to remove illegally owned weapons

Apr 30, 2015 5:59 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state Department of Justice will miss its deadline to end a backlog in a program unique to California that seizes guns from people who are prohibited from having them.

State lawmakers gave the department $24 million in 2013 after officials said the money would let them end a backlog of nearly 20,000 prohibited persons within three years.

Stephen Lindley, who heads the department's Bureau of Firearms, told lawmakers at a hearing Thursday that he has had trouble hiring and retaining enough agents to do the work.

He says that at the current rate the problem will continue one or two years past next year's deadline.

The backlog is still more than 16,000 gun owners. However, Lindley says it would have climbed to about 28,000 without the extra money.

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