WOODLAND - On May 23, 2019, special agents from the California Department of Justice, along with investigators from the Yolo County District Attorney's Office, conducted a countywide operation to locate and remove firearms from individuals who are prohibited by law from possessing them.
The operation focused on individuals who are listed in the California Department of Justice Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS). The special agents and DA investigators visited 20 locations associated with 15 people who are in the system as having registered firearms which they can no longer legally possess as a result of a criminal conviction or a mental health commitment.
During the operation, agents and investigators seized five handguns. Two handguns were seized in the City of Winters and one in the City of West Sacramento. During the seizure of the handgun at the West Sacramento address, investigators learned that the individual who lived at this address also had other firearms that were being stored at a residence in Sacramento. Agents drove to the Sacramento address and seized two additional handguns. No arrests were made at the time; however, the details of each case will be reviewed by the District Attorney's Office for possible charges.
“The job of seizing firearms from those prohibited from having them is vital to public safety,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “This work likely saves lives and puts us less at risk for becoming a victim of violent crime. Thank you to the special agents who have the dangerous task of seizing these firearms.”