LOS ANGELES—On Tuesday, February 22, California Attorney General, Rob Bonta announced 13 individuals were arrested and 114 guns were confiscated in a county-wide gun and ammunition sweep. The effort began on February 14 and lasted for five days aimed to take weapons out of the hands of those not legally allowed to possess them.

The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department collaborated with the Los Angeles County Police Department, Azusa Police Department, Pasadena Police, and Pomona Police Department targeting 51 California cities including the following cities: Beverly Hills, Malibu, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood.

“On February 14, 2022, Special Agents from throughout the state consolidated their investigative efforts in Los Angeles County to engage in a five-day sweep. The goal of the operation was to disarm individuals in APPS who are now prohibited from owning or possessing firearms and ammunition. The teams thoroughly analyzed and exhausted their leads in 439 cases in 51 cities in Los Angeles County. They seized 114 firearms, including 55 handguns, 19 rifles, 15 shotguns, 17 assault weapons, and 8 ghost guns,” reads a statement form Bonta’s website.

Rob Bonta

“California and prohibited person systems is a critical tool that makes the work of cracking down on illegal gun ownership and possession possible,” said Bonta.

The operation in the Los Angeles region follows the January effort in the Bay Area initiated by the California Department of Justice where 30 firearms were seized and eight individuals were arrested.