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Sacramento County case could lead to prison term

Although the recent national efforts to pass federal legislation concerning assault weapons appears to have been pushed to the backburner, California residents know that public policy in the state has always been more strict on gun control than in other states. In light of this, our Roseville readers would not be likely to be surprised to hear that a recent search of Sacramento County man's residence that turned up a number of firearms also resulted in a number of weapons charges.

According to the reports, the police action took place on June 25. Apparently the man under investigation was already on the authorities' radar because he was on probation for a previous felony conviction. The alleged findings reportedly included eight assault weapons, as well as another weapon, several large capacity magazines and approximately 20,000 rounds of ammunition.

Besides the man's status as a probationer, he was also targeted from an advanced database search, one that is reportedly unique to California. A cross-reference of past gun owners with those who are currently prohibited from possessing firearms also pointed toward the man as a potential suspect. Despite the results of the search the man was granted bail, which he posted in the amount of $90,000.

Despite a recent shift in the public's attention from guns to immigration as a topic of national debate, California residents can expect an eventual return to the topic sooner rather than later. There are many who would like to see even stricter gun regulations - and who would like to see those regulations apply nationwide. However, if the United States Congress doesn't take up national efforts, many would expect California to begin crafting state-centric "solutions."

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Unregistered assault weapons seized from home of felon," Cathy Locke, June 27, 2013

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