VC Star: CA lawmakers plan to beef up enforcement of gun laws

January 30, 2013

During a three-hour hearing Tuesday that was designed to provide baseline information for difficult debates on gun violence-related legislation later this year, California lawmakers immediately uncovered something upon which all could agree.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers pledged to increase funding to the Department of Justice to allow it to hire additional investigators to track down a backlog of 20,000 known Californians who own guns even though they are prohibited by law from doing so.

“If there is common agreement on anything, it’s that we ought to get guns out of the hands of people who are prohibited,” said Senate President Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.

“I concur with you completely,” said Sen. Joel Anderson, R-San Diego.