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|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.
Story Date: April 11, 2021