Violators Nabbed for Skirting California Gun Laws

( – As a culmination of a sting operation that ran from April 20 to April 26 in San Bernadino County, California, police made 34 arrests and seized 32 firearms. They have also confiscated what is believed to be 25 lbs. of methamphetamine, which will be tested for verification. Law enforcement had twelve search warrants for various locations around the country. These included San Bernadino as well as surround cities and towns like Adelanto, Colton, Fontana, Hesperia, and Victorville. All 34 of the people arrested face felony charges.

The nearly week-long operation was a large cooperative investigation between various law enforcement agencies. Many local police departments, including the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division, worked with California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Department of Homeland Security. This targeted sting was part of an ongoing county-wide crime suppression effort called Operation Consequences. While this successful drug and weapons bust was clearly a success, they are far from done.

This is just one of the many effective crime-busting efforts completed by Operation Consequences. In a sting running between March 9 and 15, the task force confiscated 56 firearms and over 38 lbs. of suspected narcotics. Between February 3 and February 9, they made 32 arrests, and seized 14 firearms, as well as suspected fentanyl and methamphetamines. Their tracking and arresting criminals who are illegally possessing, manufacturing, and trafficking firearms is part of an effort to crack down on violent crime by disrupting and dismantling targeted criminal street gangs.

The prevalence of illegal gun possession by criminals may be shocking for those who understand how comparatively strict California’s gun laws are. However, there has never been sufficient evidence that gun laws cut down on illegal gun use. Gun laws are followed by law-abiding citizens, not drug dealers and gang members. At least the people of San Bernadino may be somewhat reassured that law enforcement is taking a tough stance on the drug and gun crime that plagues them. They can only hope that the courts are as serious about protecting them from being victimized by violent criminals.

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