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  •  I think the state has an interest (8+ / 0-)

    in facilitating the surrender of guns without throwing additional charges at someone. But I suspect they actually would facilitate the surrender...in California, that's exactly what they do. Here's a piece of the NYT article that mentions it.

    Every morning, Detective John Kovach, who handles a range of domestic violence investigations, reviews a stack of protective orders filed the day before — generally 15 to 20 a day — looking for any mention of firearms.

    Usually, a handful of orders a day will contain some reference to guns, which Detective Kovach follows up on. He sometimes contacts the person protected by the order to find out more. He also checks various law enforcement databases, including one available in California that tracks handgun purchases.

    He goes out once or twice a week and serves the restraining orders himself. Usually, he says, he tries to collect firearms immediately, employing a well-honed sales pitch about helping the person comply with the law. If he believes beforehand that the person might not be cooperative, he will sometimes request a search warrant.

    But you know how it is, the NRA doesn't want anyone to know about that, or about the lack of funding for enforcement. They'd rather crow about laws not being enforced as an argument for gun proliferation, not increased budgets for the cops.

    We demanded a plan to reduce gun violence. Now it's time to demand a vote.

    by tytalus on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 02:10:05 PM PDT

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    •  California (0+ / 0-)

      The restrained party is supposed to, within 24 hours, either sell the firearms to an FFL (no private sales or transfers) or surrender them to local law enforcement. For the latter, the owner is allowed to recover the weapons once the restraining order lapses (if it ever does),  though I have read that this isn't always that easy.

      I have a feeling a lot of people don't do this, though, so I'm glad at least some officers are taking the initiative.

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