County Creates Special Team To Take Firearms Away From Banned Gun Owners

Sandy Malone

Santa Clara County announced a new team that will take firearms away from people who are prohibited from having them.

San Jose, CA – Santa Clara County officials announced on Monday the formation of a County Gun Team that would be responsible for taking guns away from people who are not supposed to have them.

County officials pointed to almost the almost 4,600 people per year who have been court-ordered to surrender their firearms as the primary target of the new task force, The Mercury News reported.

But Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez said she hoped the announcement of the County Gun Team would remind the public to report “troubling people” who shouldn’t have access to firearms under the state’s expansive new gun-control laws.

The announcement came two weeks after San Jose Police Department introduced its new Priority Gun Offender program targeted at taking high-priority violent criminals off the streets, The Mercury News reported.

San Jose Police Deputy Chief of Investigations Heather Randol said both initiatives have been launched in response to the steady rise of violent crime in the area.

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

She said the manner in which law enforcement would remove firearms from those identified as prohibited from having them would vary on a case-by-case basis, the San Jose Spotlight reported.

“We have officers who are experts in this area,” Chief Randol said. “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.”

Chavez has asked the Board of Supervisors to fund the District Attorney’s Office’s request of $427, 000 to pay for a full-time attorney and investigator for the County Gun Team, the San Jose Spotlight reported.

Marisa McKeown, the supervising deputy district attorney who runs the district attorney’s Crime Strategies Unit, said that historically, enforcement of gun bans has been sketchy and based on caseload, according to The Mercury News.

“It used to be a part-time job of the particularly motivated,” McKeown told reporters at the press conference on Feb. 24 to announce the new gun team. “It needs to be a full-time job of a team of people.”

There are concerns that the creation of a task force to remove firearms from people under so-called “Red Flag” laws denied people their rights without benefit of due legal process.

“The so-called ‘proposal’ lacks substance, details, clear accountability, and appears to be yet another government boondoggle to add expensive government salaries to an already bloated budget,” the Sacramento-based Firearms Policy Coalition told The Mercury News in a statement.

McKeown defended the new County Gun Team as having been created to provide support to domestic violence victims.

“The follow up was on the victim [before],” Chavez said. “It shouldn’t be up to the victim re-saying, ‘I think this person still has firearms.’ This [team] allows us to do it at a much higher level and a much bigger scale.”

McKeown said the team would consist of an attorney, an investigator, three analysts, and law enforcement officers, The Mercury News reported.

Comments (45)
flybynight
flybynight

"McKeown said the team would consist of an attorney, an investigator, three analysts, and law enforcement officers, The Mercury News reported".

I say send the attorney for gun pick up. 😉🤦‍♂️

No. 1-22
shooter
shooter

How about starting with known criminals and felons?

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

WOW, so when are they going after GANG MEMBERS, DRUG DEALERS/SMUGGLERS AND OTHER CRIMINALS, Who DON"T obey the LAW???

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

So, anybody can claim that you're a threat, and they can take your guns? I don't see this going well. They won't stop until they disarm us all.

Bonneville Kid
Bonneville Kid

This is why, until these laws are found to be unconstitutional, we have to be a bit more careful about what we write and say in public.

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Old Sniper
Old Sniper

Ah. So Red Flag Laws are infringing on the FIRST Amendment, as well as the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and perhaps Seventh. Got it. One more Amendment being crossed off...

Bonneville Kid
Bonneville Kid

The 1st and 2nd for sure. The 4th, likely. The 5th, might be a stretch, but maybe. The 6th also a stretch since Red Flag isnt a crime, but I think I understand your reasoning. The 7th would apply if the Government kept the persons guns. The Left is in the attack mode and must be stopped. In most of the Red Flag laws I have read, there is little or no due process.

Johndaman
Johndaman

So while infringing upon constitutional
One might get the bullits first
It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye

junkmansj
junkmansj

Start reporting Politicians, and anti gun Wackos

Sailor
Sailor

Government sanctioned goon squads terrorizing citizens stripped of due process rights via "red flag" laws

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

"Oh, this won't result in unnecessary conflict and deaths" said noone ever.

NomonK
NomonK

This special squad must be a special kind of goons the love to violate their own oath to the Constitution.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#gcl #becausebluelivesmatter

Retired OH LEO
Retired OH LEO

I don't like it when the chief says "removing illegal weapons" when he should say "stopping a person from illegally possessing a (legal) weapon".

If the "illegal possession" ruling comes about after violating someones constitutional rights, then the ruling should be reversed, I hope the attorney on the team remembers this.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

i don't expect this to last more than 3 raids, when someone get shot!

Raymelson
Raymelson

Better stay locked loaded and ready folks because this B,S is why the second amendment was put in the the constitution

Pops1953
Pops1953

Just another stupidity law in California.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Wonder how many guns they will remove from the hands of all the gang bangers in that county? The statement "Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez said she hoped the announcement of the County Gun Team would remind the public to report “troubling people” who shouldn’t have access to firearms under the state’s expansive new gun-control laws." really is troubling. How do we law abiding citizens report out of control politicians who should have their offices taken away?

FSchloss
FSchloss

I thought that the State of CA DOJ already had a bunch of schmucks to do this job.
In fact, I used to know the clown who ran it.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

This is not going to end well for anyone. The known criminals and gangs should be targeted.

You start gun confiscation via red flag laws someone, somewhere, will die no doubt about it that’s what its come to.

When you’ve come to take away someone’s constitutional right and seek to strip them of their civil liberties, things will get messy.

Stop Criminals
Stop Criminals

California. What a toilet bowl.

thinkingcitizen
thinkingcitizen

No constitutional scholar here, but wasn't the 2A created to protect citizens from government tyranny (control)?

Anyone can accuse an ex of being too scary to be trusted with guns, so the gov't is going to come in and remove your guns? Slippery slope.

RampageFinal06
RampageFinal06

This is going to get both officers, and citizens killed, for her stupidity, and ignorance of reality!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

You'd better give these men military grade ceramic bulletproof vests.....


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