|*California Pols condone Gestapo Tactics*|
The sign in the window warned burglars that the homeowner owned a handgun and would use it in self-defense. The state agents knocking on the door were there to confiscate the weapon.
The agents are part of the California Department of Justice's Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS), a program that takes firearms from people barred from owning them...arriving in SUVs and dressed in black tactical uniforms, the teams regularly sweep through California cities with a list of names and addresses...
If agents are denied the search but have reason to believe they are being lied to, they will seek a warrant and lock down the house until they get results.
"That can make for a long night," said Michelle Gregory, a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice...
California is the only state to use a program like APPS, which cross references five databases to find people who legally purchased handguns and registered assault weapons since 1996 with people banned from owning or possessing firearms.
The Attorney General's Office said that more than 2,000 firearms were seized last year under the program. The Department of Justice says there are about 21,000 prohibited persons who possess about 43,000 firearms in the state.
Gun rights groups such as the National Rifle Association argue that making surprise visits to homes of prohibited persons is a step too far...
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