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Santa Clara County to fund team to remove guns from dangerous residents

Team will identify gun owners with domestic violence convictions, temporary restraining orders that prohibit possession of firearms

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Santa Clara County will spend nearly a half million dollars on a county gun team in charge of removing guns from people deemed to be dangerous, the county's Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.

In a unanimous vote, the board accepted a proposal from board president Cindy Chavez to create a gun team of seven people -- three crime analysts, two lawyers and two prosecutors -- within the district attorney's office.

The team, which already had a lawyer and prosecutor and will add the five additional positions, will be funded by grant money and by $427,247 from the county's general fund for staff salaries.

The county funds will cover the newly hired attorney's salary of $215,653 and the prosecutor's salary of $211,594.

Supervisors Joe Simitian, Dave Cortese and Mike Wasserman all called the proposal a "good idea" after Assistant District Attorney James Gibbons-Shapiro briefed the board on the county's gun violence.

According to prosecutors, gun violence has been on the rise in San Jose, the county's largest city, since 2009 -- specifically cases involving aggravated assaults with a weapon and robbery with a weapon.

The new gun team will be tasked with identifying persons with domestic violence convictions and temporary restraining orders who are no longer lawfully allowed to own guns, making sure they don't have guns and, if necessary, obtaining search warrants for local law enforcement to remove the guns from the possibly violent people.

Wasserman said Tuesday that while the county "does God's work in a thousand ways," he was concerned about spending money addressing San Jose's gun violence problems and said he'd like to know why the city can't address the issue without additional funding from the county.

A San Jose police spokesman said police will respond Wednesday to Wasserman's question.

Wasserman also noted that the board had been approving recently many items that increase costs for the county, but few, if any, that boost revenue.

"We have nothing in our agenda (today) that raises revenues in our county," Wasserman said. "We're funding everything, and it's all good stuff, but I feel like we're headed to a cliff."

— Bay City News Service

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11 people like this
Posted by Steve Old Town
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 27, 2020 at 4:04 pm

Now if only they would fund a team to remove dangerous and incompetent politicians


9 people like this
Posted by More bureaucracy
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Feb 27, 2020 at 4:20 pm

So they need a team of lawyers and crime analysts to solve this alleged problem. How will they take away guns? Will they use people with guns to take away guns from people? Interesting


19 people like this
Posted by Alex
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 27, 2020 at 5:08 pm

Hang on there, Tex! You guys apparently can't read.

The article says explicitly that the task force is "tasked with identifying persons with domestic violence convictions and temporary restraining orders who are no longer lawfully allowed to own guns, making sure they don't have guns."

That is, people who have already violated the gun law.

Will people with guns take away the guns? Yes, they will. The article further says "...and, if necessary, obtaining search warrants". So the people who will possibly take away the guns are the police, who usually have guns.

You folks really should just recognize that there are some gun owners who are not responsible, like you guys are. Unrestrained guns in the hands of people who are not responsible are deadly weapons.

Is that hard to understand?


14 people like this
Posted by Guns harm 11 for every instance of self defense
a resident of Monta Loma
on Feb 27, 2020 at 6:10 pm

Guns in the home are 11 times more likely to harm someone in the home than be used in self defense.


22 people like this
Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 28, 2020 at 12:05 pm

"insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense ..." 2nd Amendment "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State ..."

I think a lot of domestic Tranquity can be provided by these types of arms control regulations. Just the state, in it's duty to "well regulate" it's Militia to exclude gun bearing unstable people.


4 people like this
Posted by Jim Neal
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 29, 2020 at 4:10 pm

Guns harm 11 for every instance of self defense.... therefore we must make sure that NO ONE can use guns for self-defense anymore! Makes sense!



Jim Neal
Modesto, CA
(Formerly Old Mountain View)


6 people like this
Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 29, 2020 at 8:48 pm

The police can decide to check on persons prohibited from having a gun under a restraining order. Why is a team needed? And what crimes are being committed by persons subject to restraining orders? Gang-bangers are seldom subjected to restraining orders.


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