SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) responded to the release of a State Auditor report revealing that the DOJ and county superior courts have not been properly working together to keep track of all individuals who, due to mental illness, are prohibited from owning a firearm.
“In light of all of the efforts to reduce gun violence it is disturbing that the Department of Justice has not been doing all they can to keep guns out of the hands of those who truly should not have them,” stated Assemblyman Hagman. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to rectify this problem as a means to reduce gun violence rather than infringe upon the right of law abiding citizens to bear arms,” added Hagman.
The report concluded that the Department of Justice “has not sufficiently reached out to superior courts or mental health facilities to remind them of firearm prohibition reporting requirements in state law.” Of the 34 courts surveyed, most were not aware of reporting requirements, resulting in least 2,300 mental health determinations not being reported to the DOJ from 2010-2012. Further, the report found that the DOJ has not reached out to all of the state’s mental health facilities that can treat such individuals. The DOJ reported in July that over 20,800 prohibited individuals are known to own firearms. However, this number is sure to be higher since not all such information has been reported to the department.