district attorneys to collectively develop smart and practical recommendations to reduce gun violence
through enforcement of existing laws and prevention efforts.
"Gun violence continues to be a distressing and persistent problem in the United States, but California is
leading the nation in smart, common-sense gun policies designed to protect our communities," said Attorney
General Harris. "Working together, law enforcement and our state's district attorneys can make a difference
by improving enforcement and increasing prevention to help keep all Californians safe from gun violence."
At the meeting, district attorneys discussed current programs that effectively reduce gun violence and how to
better enforce current gun laws. The Leadership Group will prepare a report of best practices that will serve
as models for law enforcement in other communities to adopt and as models for potential legislative reform.
Attorney General Harris discussed the importance of the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS) which
takes guns out of the hands of those prohibited from owning them.
"The APPS program is unique to California and it is simple common-sense that prohibited persons should
not possess firearms in violation of the law," Attorney General Harris said. "The Department of Justice will
be increasing the number of agents conducting these smart and effective operations."
Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 140, which gives $24 million to the
APPS program. With the funds, the Attorney General will hire 36 additional agents. The Department of
Justice will be able to increase enforcement operations statewide, including in Los Angeles, San Francisco,
Sacramento, Fresno and Riverside.
California is the only state with a program like APPS, which identifies people who previously purchased one
or more guns, but are later prohibited from owning them. A person becomes prohibited if he or she is
convicted of a felony or a violent misdemeanor, is placed under a domestic violence restraining order or is
determined to be mentally unstable.
Over the last two years, DOJ agents have investigated nearly 4,000 people and seized nearly 4,000 weapons,
including nearly 2,000 handguns and more than 300 assault weapons. In the first four months of 2013, agents
have collected 461 firearms and 23,080 rounds of ammunition statewide and collected 84 firearms and 9,482
rounds in the Los Angeles area.