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How my California Tax Money is spent – California’s Gun Confiscation Program Has Been an Abject Failure by JORDAN MICHAELS on JULY 21, 2021

Newsom hasn’t been able to turn the 20-year failure around. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

In 2001, California passed a first-of-its-kind law to create a database of residents who had become prohibited from owning firearms. Whether through criminal conduct or mental health issues, these individuals would be included on a list dubbed the “Armed and Prohibited Persons System” (APPS).

The database is made possible by the state’s firearm registration and universal background check systems, and the California Department of Justice hoped local law enforcement and state agents would be able to use APPS to confiscate firearms from those deemed unfit.

Unfortunately for Golden State gun grabbers, the program has been an abject failure—and its problems are only getting worse.

The news outlet CalMatters published this week a lengthy article highlighting the program’s worst failings, and they sum it up like this: “…what seemed at the time like a straight-forward approach to the enforcement of existing gun laws has instead become mired in chronic shortcomings, failing for years to make good on its potential.”

The full piece is worth a read, but CalMatters revealed (sometimes unintentionally, it seems) how the APPS system is used to harass gun owners and violate their privacy rights.

Since government agencies maintain the APPS list, CalMatters was able to obtain personal information of some of the current and former gun owners included in the database. But as CalMatters admits, not everyone on the list is supposed to be there.

SEE ALSO: New California Law Imposes Court Process for Confiscating Guns

Some people who appear in the APPS database have already surrendered their firearms. Others are only there due to administrative errors.

“Even when the information is correct, some people might be on the list because of an apparent misunderstanding or paperwork issue, not because they’re trying to illegally keep their guns,” the outlet reports.

Law enforcement agents sometimes devote time and resources to confiscating firearms only to find that the database has given them faulty information.

“The work-intensive process and outmoded technology has led some in law enforcement to question the database’s reliability. They say they’ve discovered errors during field operations and that investigations based on the list are a waste of resources,” according to CalMatters.

And then there’s simple bureaucratic incompetence. Some officials estimate that there are 24,000 people in the APPS database who have not surrendered their firearms. But CalMatters reports (towards the bottom of the article) that even this number is mostly guesswork.

“As it stands now, the department can’t even determine the precise breadth of the backlog, including how many cases have remained unresolved for more than six months,” they say.

There are multiple causes for the backlog. CalMatters discovered that many local police departments do not even know about the database. They also note that judges often do not ensure that their gun confiscation orders are carried out, and agents at the California DOJ can’t keep up with the constant stream of new prohibited persons.

SEE ALSO: CA Gov. Gavin Newsom: ‘We have the ability to do martial law…if necessary’

What many gun owners may not know is that just being on the list doesn’t give law enforcement the right to confiscate firearms. According to CalMatters, agents must acquire probable cause that a person still possesses a gun in order to obtain a search warrant. If an individual simply denies owning a firearm, the investigation may end right there.

One agency told CalMatters that they gave up on confiscating firearms after one night of work, calling it “a waste of resources that could be directed toward more pressing violent crime problems.” Some people provided proof that their guns had been sold long ago, while others claimed they had gotten rid of them but could provide no evidence.

“There was just no way to verify,” one agent said, adding that the state “has no idea who has guns and who’s turned them in.”

The program’s sorry track record has made it difficult for anti-gun advocates to justify its continued existence. According to CalMatters, “Gun control advocates struggled to identify shootings that might have been prevented had authorities successfully retrieved firearms,” and the outlet did not report on any specific instances.

One spokesperson for the anti-gun group Giffords may have unintentionally summed up how most law-abiding gun owners feel about gun control efforts.

“It’s very frustrating to see that we have such a hard time implementing firearms removals in situations where we have all the information in front of us,” she said. “It doesn’t give the public a lot of confidence in our ability to tackle a lot of these more complex firearm issues.”

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‘What took so long?’ Anti-crime Eric Adams slams Cuomo’s gun violence emergency declaration and vows to ‘turn this city around’ after winning Democratic NYC mayoral primary

  • Eric Adams on Tuesday was declared Democrat nominee for NYC’s mayoral race
  • On Wednesday, the former NYPD police captain spoke of his plans for the city
  • He said Andrew Cuomo’s gun violence plan – announced on Tuesday – was too long in the making, and insisted it urgently needed to be implemented
  • Adams, 60, praised Cuomo for describing gun violence as a public health crisis
  • He also hit back at criticism from podcast host Toure, who said Adams could not make the city safer given his police background 
  • ‘It’s time for us to stop believing that we should have the right tweets — we should have the right safe streets,’ said Adams on Wednesday morning 

New York City‘s likely next mayor has criticized the state’s governor for his gun violence ‘disaster emergency’, asking Andrew Cuomo: ‘What took so long?’

Eric Adams, a 60-year-old former NYPD police captain, on Tuesday was confirmed as the winner of the Democratic primary, putting him on track to secure victory in the strongly-Democrat state at November’s election.

He wasted no time in attacking Cuomo, also a Democrat, and used his first interview to condemn the veteran governor.

Asked for his response to Cuomo’s gun violence plan, Adams replied: ‘My first question is, what took so long? And why has it taken us so long, watching these babies die, year after year after year? No one seems to care.’

Eric Adams, who is on track to be elected mayor of New York City in November, on Wednesday morning said that Andrew Cuomo's gun violence reduction plan should have been ushered in earlier

Eric Adams, who is on track to be elected mayor of New York City in November, on Wednesday morning said that Andrew Cuomo’s gun violence reduction plan should have been ushered in earlier

Adams, 60, served as a captain in the NYPD and then entered politics, becoming Brooklyn borough president. Asked for his response to Cuomo’s gun violence plan, he replied: ‘My first question is, what took so long? And why has it taken us so long, watching these babies die, year after year after year?’

Adams campaigned on a ticket of improving law and order in the city, which is seeing soaring violence.

New York City has seen 765 shootings in the city so far this year, compared to 555 shootings during the same time last year.

Cuomo on Tuesday unveiled a $139 million seven-point plan, with emphasis on violence reduction initiatives, jobs and training for those at risk of getting swept up in gun crime, and making the gun manufacturers more accountable to victims’ families.

New York became the first state in the nation to declare gun violence an emergency on Tuesday as Cuomo pointed the finger at the manufacturers of weapons as one of the main reasons behind the spate of shootings and killings that is at its highest level since the early 2000s.

Cuomo is finally taking action over the surging crime rate in the Big Apple and the rest of the state, by signing legislation allowing for a lawsuit to be brought in cases where ‘reasonable controls and procedures are not in place’.

He also closed a loophole that allowed people with outstanding warrants for their arrest to purchase guns and said that they want to form a council aimed at gun-violence prevention.

However, critics have claimed it is ‘political grandstanding’ and that an increase in gun violence has been caused by ‘soft-on-crime’ policies such as the early release of prisoners, treating criminals ‘like victims’ and calls to defund the police.

Cuomo has long had a contentious relationship with the current mayor, Bill de Blasio, and in response to Adams’ criticism blamed the incumbent.

‘Policing is a local government issue managed by the mayor, and Mr Adams is right that it has taken too long to step up and take charge on the gun violence issue,’ said Rich Azzopardi, an advisor to Cuomo.

‘The governor is stepping in because too little has been done by the local leadership.

‘The governor mandated all local governments reform their police systems last year, and some made more progress than others.’

It came as Adams criticized the state's governor for his gun violence 'disaster emergency', asking Andrew Cuomo: 'What took so long?' (pictured: Cuomo signs bills declaring gun violence a public health emergency)

Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, was in Manhattan on Tuesday to sign into law a $139 million plan to combat gun crime in the state. Almost half of the money will go to violence prevention initiatives and finding jobs and training for young people deemed most at risk

However, critics have claimed it is 'political grandstanding' and that an increase in gun violence is caused by soft crime policies

However, critics have claimed it is ‘political grandstanding’ and that an increase in gun violence is caused by soft crime policies

NY first state to declare gun violence as a public health emergency
Adams mingles with supporters during his election night party, late on June 22

Adams mingles with supporters during his election night party, late on June 22

Adams did praise Cuomo’s plan to invest more money in violence prevention, and said Cuomo was right to describe it as a public health crisis.

‘It’s going to allow the easiest accessibility to finance and money,’ he said.

‘We need to teach, treat gun violence as a public health emergency. Every agency in the city, in this country, must be part of dealing with gun violence because if we deal with the gun violence, we’re going to start dealing with the feeders of violence.

‘We’ve ignored that for far too long.’

Over the Fourth of July weekend, 51 people were shot in New York state with 26 of those in New York City alone. At least two of those were killed.

Across the state, 14 victims were in Buffalo, five in Syracuse, three on Long Island, two in Utica and one in Rochester.

During the holiday weekend, 13 people in the state died of COVID-19.

New York City police officers investigate the scene where a man was shot and killed in Brooklyn on June 11. Gun crime is soaring in the city, and across the state

New York City police officers investigate the scene where a man was shot and killed in Brooklyn on June 11. Gun crime is soaring in the city, and across the state

New York City police officers with the Crime Scene Unit investigate the scene in Brooklyn on June 11

New York City police officers with the Crime Scene Unit investigate the scene in Brooklyn on June 11

Adams was attack earlier on Wednesday by former MSNBC host Toure – a left-wing podcast host with a large following.

Toure claimed on Twitter that Adams wouldn’t live up to his promises to bring change to the city’s police department.

‘If you marched in NYC last year to protest police violence and this year voted for Eric Adams to be Mayor, I don’t understand you,’ Toure said.

‘Cops cannot get us to the real police reform we need.’


Adams insisted that he was indeed the man for the job.

‘I say that it’s time for us to stop believing that we should have the right tweets — we should have the right safe streets,’ he told CNN.

‘I say that when [Touré] gets on the subway, he does not want to be pushed to the subway tracks, and he doesn’t want to be slashed.

‘He does not want his son to be like young 10-year-old Justin, who was shot and killed in Rockaway by gun violence.’

And Adams said he was confident that New York City could lead the nation in reducing violent crime.

‘I know how we can turn around not only New York, but America,’ he said.

‘New York is going to show America how to run cities.

‘We’re in a terrible place, and we can turn this country and city around.’







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Ghoulish Virginia Democrats Planning to Dig Up Confederate General’s Grave Without Relocation Plan

In one of the most disturbing tales to come from Richmond, Virginia’s moves to erase history, they are now planning to dig up the grave of Confederate General Ambrose Powell Hill, according to a new report.

To make the matter even more ghoulish, the city has not actually come up with a plan yet on what to do with his remains that have been in the location since 1892.

General Hill had requested he be buried under the memorial in his will, ABC 8 reports.

“He had left in his will that he wanted to be buried in Richmond. I’m not sure why Richmond because he wasn’t from Richmond and didn’t have any particularly strong Richmond roots that I’m aware of,” Bob Balster, president of the Hermitage Road Historic District Association told 8News.


To ensure his wishes were carried out, Confederate veterans who served under Hill raised money for the monument and the land was donated by Lewis Ginter.

The National File reports that an effort “led by Mayor Levar Stoney and backed by Governor Ralph Northam, anti-history Democrats in Richmond, Virginia are finalizing plans to dig up the remains of Confederate General Ambrose Powell Hill, who lies beneath a towering statue dedicated in his honor and now marked for removal amidst efforts to erase all traces of the Confederacy from its former capital.”

Though the city removed nearly all of their Confederate statues during the terroristic Black Lives Matter riots last year, the general’s statue and grave had remained.

To circumvent laws against desecrating graves, the Democrats are reportedly designating the grave a threat to traffic safety, giving them the power to remove it.

According to the National File, under the removal plans, “workers will remove the bronze statue of the General before destroying its stone pedestal and removing the sarcophagus containing his remains. Details of what the city plans to do with Hill’s remains are unclear, and the project is estimated to carry a taxpayer-funded price tag of over $33,000.”

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Don’t believe what you see on TV: Adjust your hunting expectations by John McAdams

Don’t believe what you see on TV: Adjust your hunting expectations
In this age of social media and hunting television shows, many new hunters have pretty unrealistic expectations of how successful they will be during their first few hunting seasons. While there is nothing wrong with having high hopes, many of these new hunters end up discouraged and frustrated because they did not shoot a monster buck (or anything at all) in their first couple of hunting seasons.
With this in mind, here is how to properly adjust your hunting expectations to avoid experiencing disappointment from failing to achieve an unrealistic goal.

Forget what you see on TV

Hunting TV shows have done a lot for the sport of hunting and have helped a lot of people who would not otherwise have been exposed to hunting develop an interest in it. That being said, hunting TV shows have done a lot of harm to the sport as well by giving people an unrealistic view of a successful hunting season.
Unfortunately, shooting a doe or a nice, “nontrophy” buck, does not drive television ratings. As a result, those events are rarely shown on TV, even though those are the deer that most hunters shoot each year.
The first thing to keep in mind when watching hunting shows on TV is to realize that virtually every TV hunt has multiple advantages not available to the average hunter. Many of the hunts are guided and occur on private land or public land that is extremely difficult to access. Some of these hunts are filmed on high-fenced properties and sometimes involve captive-bred animals.
Though this certainly does not apply to all hunting TV shows, it certainly applies to some of them. Even if the show does not involve a high fence or guided hunt, you should still keep in mind that everyone involved with the hunt is probably working hard to put their best foot forward for the camera.
The unfortunate truth is that even if you go on a guided hunt, there are still plenty of outfitters that will not put as much effort to get you a big trophy as they would for a hunt that will be broadcast on TV. Also, keep in mind that a grueling two-week hunt looks much easier and simpler when edited to fit a 30-minute time slot.
I really began to understand how some hunting TV shows have warped our view of hunting when I was watching a show where the hunter apologized for shooting a deer that would “only” score 140. Though this particular TV personality turned his nose up at this deer (and remarked at how he had shot 12 other deer that were bigger), many hunters in the United States may never even see, let alone shoot, a deer that scores 140. For those hunters — myself included — a 140-inch buck would truly be the deer of a lifetime.
Now, I’m not trying to trash hunting TV shows or tell you not to watch them. What I am saying is that you should never feel bad about shooting an animal that fails to measure up to something you saw on TV.

Check stats for your hunting area

OK, so you realize the animals you see on hunting TV shows are probably bigger than most people can expect to shoot. So what is a reasonable expectation for you on your hunt? Luckily, the Internet is an amazing resource for finding information on harvest statistics.
Though every state is different, many of them have websites where they display harvest reports and statistics from previous hunting seasons. For instance, Washington (where I live), does a good job of showing all of the harvest statistics for the various game management units after each hunting season.
Studying those statistics really threw some cold water on my expectations the first year I hunted Washington: only 36 percent of hunters in the GMU I would be hunting shot a deer (and that was one of the higher success rates in the state as a whole). Further, of the 540 bucks taken in that GMU, only 47 (about 8 percent) had four or more points on one side.
By studying these statistics, I significantly adjusted my expectations for the hunting season in general.

Talk with more experienced hunters

What do you do if you happen to live in a state that does not do a good job of reporting harvest statistics for each hunting season? My advice would be to try and “pick the brain” of some more experienced hunters in that area. Internet hunting forums are a great resource for this. Another way to get information to to talk to game wardens or people at sporting goods stores.
Though many hunters will be hesitant to divulge their “honey holes,” they will likely be helpful in helping you develop realistic expectations for hunting in a particular area. Their advice may also help point you to other hunting areas that you hadn’t considered previously. You never know: Asking the right questions may help you build a relationship with a more experienced hunter who may turn into a fantastic hunting mentor.
The unfortunate truth is that learning to hunt can be difficult for those who are inexperienced and do not have access to private hunting land or a good mentor to teach them the finer points of hunting. Some hunters may hunt for 2-3 seasons (or more) before shooting their first big-game animal. It may take many more years to shoot a big-game animal that really scores well, though some hunters never accomplish this feat during their entire life.
Because of this, it is extremely important to properly adjust your hunting expectations. If you consider a season a failure because you didn’t shoot a big deer, then you will spend a lot of time disappointed. Instead, focus on more achievable goals and gradually make them more difficult to achieve as you become a more experienced hunter.

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