A California law that allows authorities to track down gun owners who lost their legal rights to keep their weapons — and then confiscate those firearms — is being heralded as a model for the nation.

Individuals who legally purchased guns but are later considered disqualified, are identified by analysts who match gun sales back to 1996 with databases listing criminal convictions, restraining orders and mental health detentions.  In the past five years, during various neighborhood sweeps in unmarked vehicles, authorities have captured an estimated 10,000 weapons.

 

 

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