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Officials send letters to gun purchasers

By Aaron Blevins, 1/03/2013

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In an effort keep guns out of the wrong hands, three top law enforcement officials have sent a letter to all Los Angeles gun buyers. The letter, sent to gun buyers during the state’s 10-day waiting period between when a gun is purchased and when it can be picked-up, outlines gun-owner responsibility to report the transfer, sale, loss or theft of a firearm to the state Department of Justice or be prosecuted.

“We have a gun violence epidemic in America and I want to do all that I can as City Attorney in Los Angeles to help change that fact,” City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said. “If you choose to own a gun, we want to make sure that you store it safely, keep it locked up and away from children.”

During the years 2005 through 2008, similar letters were sent to gun buyers in only two LAPD Divisions — 77th and Devonshire. This new letter-writing program is expanded to cover the entire city that includes all 21 LAPD divisions.

The gun-buyer letter program began with a federal Project Safe Neighborhoods grant, and will continue with local resources. The City Attorney’s Office goal is to make sure that gun buyers and owners know that they must store their guns safely, keep them locked up and away from children, and if the gun is to be sold or if it is stolen, the sale or theft must be reported.

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