A group of lawmakers is demanding answers from Attorney General Kamala Harris regarding how the Department of Justice has spent a $24 million windfall financed from gun owners that was intended for gun confiscations.
The lawmakers cite that a 2013 bill, SB 140, muscled through the legislature with widespread Democrat support that provided $24 million to the DOJ to expand the APPS program was designed to eliminate within a year the massive backlog of over 20,000 persons believed to be armed with 40,670 firearms.
However, instead of erasing the backlog as promised, current information from DOJ states that it has actually grown, with at least 21,249 prohibited persons possessing an estimated 43,832 guns.
“Given the critical public safety implications of this issue, we are requesting that the Senate Rules Committee approve a joint oversight hearing…to review the APPS program and the recent report released by the DOJ outlining its lack of significant progress in clearing the APPS backlog,” reads the letter signed by 12 Republican senators to include Minority Leader Bob Huff and Joel Anderson, vice-chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee.
The senators found fault that the DOJ hired 18 additional agents and spend 40 percent of the funds allocated, but had little to show for its work.
Although financed by a mandatory $19 dealer’s record of sale fee attached to every gun transfer that pumps an estimated $2 million surplus into state coffers in the form of an unauthorized tax, federal courts have upheld the legality of the mandate in recent months.