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California county plans to create special task force to confiscate guns from banned gun owners

Officials hope task force will serve as a reminder to turn in 'troubling people' with guns

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Santa Clara County in California has announced a plan to implement a brand-new task force to confiscate firearms from citizens who are not permitted to have them.

The district attorney's office is teaming up with the county's board of supervisors for the project.

What are the details?

On Monday, Santa Clara County officials announced the possible formation of what they call a "County Gun Team."

The sole purpose of the team is to take away firearms from those people who should not have them.

Officials said that approximately 4,600 people annually are court-ordered to turn in their guns, which necessitates the County Gun Team.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez requested the county's board of supervisors to fund the new program, to the tune of $427,000 annually, in order to cover attorney and investigator expenses for the new team.

What else?

Chavez said she hopes the task force will serve as a reminder to turn in "troubling people" with guns.

San Jose Police Deputy Chief of Investigations Heather Randol is happy with the concept and said she is willing to try almost anything in order to keep citizens safe.

“We're dealing with increasing violent crime involving weapons," Randol said. “Anything that's going to make the community safer by removing illegal weapons is something we support."

“We have officers who are experts in this area," Randol continued. “Our special operations takes each case very seriously. There is a step-by-step process that they go through before they actually serve that warrant."

According to KTVU-TV, gun crimes in domestic violence cases have steadily increased over the past 10 years.

Deputy District Attorney Marisa McKeown added, "Those categories of individuals that have been unfortunately a dangerous gap over the last several years require a dedication of focus so that we can run all of these orders and cross-reference their histories and dangerousness."

Randol added, "We know that any gun that's out there in the hands of someone illegally has the potential for violence."

(H/T: Blue Lives Matter)

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