April 14, 2021
Thousands of armed individuals prohibited from possessing firearms
SACRAMENTO (INT) - The COVID-19 pandemic brought on a surge in firearm and ammunition sales, including numerous attempted purchases by individuals who are prohibited from owning and/or possessing firearms and/or ammunition.

The California Department of Justice (DOJ) Thursday released of the 2020 Armed and Prohibited Persons System (APPS) annual program report.

Key statistics from the 2020 report include:

As of January 1, 2021, the APPS database had 23,598 armed and prohibited persons.

Last year, special agents recovered 1,243 firearms. Of these, 778 were firearms identified in the APPS database and 465 were not previously known to be associated with a prohibited individual in APPS.

In 2020, DOJ investigated approximately 5,322 individuals who were identified as armed and prohibited persons in the APPS database.

As of January 1, 2021, there were 9,083 active APPS cases.

In general, prohibited persons in APPS include individuals who were convicted of a felony or violent misdemeanor, were placed under a domestic violence or other restraining order, or suffer from serious mental illness.
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