State faces daunting task of de-arming banned gun users

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State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, urged lawmakers to approve his measure authorizing more money for a California program that seizes guns from people who are prohibited from having them, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, March 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif.---According to the California Department of Justice there are roughly 20,000 people in the state who are legally prohibited from having a gun, people who bought guns legally but are now not allowed to own one.

"If somebody gets convicted of something they are notified when they're in court," said Michelle Gregory, public information officer with the Department of Justice.

Also prohibited from having guns are people served with a restraining order or who have a history of mental illness.

But the Department of Justice currently has just 33 agents assigned to its Armed and Prohibited Persons System program to investigate and enforce the law. The state senate recently voted to appropriate $24 million to the program to hire more agents.