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As public policy shifts, one local area still has daily gun crime

There are many parts of the country that are unfortunately known for their problems with crime and violence. Chicago is certainly making national headlines these days for the plague of gun violence that city is experiencing, but California has its share of places too where guns, death and drugs are a huge part of people's lives. Even as public policy may be in the midst of a shift toward more gun control legislation, a recent article highlighted the many problems which can arise due to firearms - especially in one area close to Roseville.

According to the article, the Lemon Hill neighborhood in Sacramento has been the grips of gun violence and gang crimes for a long time now. Residents of the area described how almost every day brings the ring of gunshots. The article detailed a particularly problematic period of time in the neighborhood from 2007 to 2012, in which time that area was one of the leaders in robberies, car-jackings and assaults with a deadly weapon.

There is no doubt that illegal guns, as well as legal guns in the hands of illegal owners, are a problem in this country, and in California especially. However, with increasingly expansive gun laws, as well as restrictions on who can own or possess a firearm, there is a danger that legal guns in the hands of legal gun owners may bring about a weapons charge if people don't keep up with the changes.

Although the Lemon Hill neighborhood provides a good example of an area which is indisputably seeing numerous gun-related crimes each year, there are plenty of other places where legal gun ownership and use could be threatened as well. When someone is arrested on a weapons charge and they believe either the law or the arrest should be challenged, careful preparation of a criminal defense strategy could be the key to a positive result.

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Guns rule street in west Lemon Hill neighborhood," Cynthia Hubert and Phillip Reese, Feb. 3, 2013

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