Attorney General Agrees to More Transparency on APPS Backlog Progress at Anderson's Behest

The public will soon be able to track the results of the Dept. of Justice program that removes guns from felons and the mentally ill, who cannot legally possess guns under California Law.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

State Capitol — State Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) asked Attorney General Xavier Becerra to account for the lack of progress on reducing the backlog of people on the Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS) during the Budget & Fiscal Review Sub Committee No. 5 hearing today. Anderson has previously expressed his concern on the department’s lack of results; despite investing $63 million in the program over the last 5 years, a backlog of over 10,000 prohibited persons with guns still exists today.

After the hearing, Anderson said, “If the Attorney General is serious about getting guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them, then his department needs to prioritize addressing the APPS backlog and clearing their annual caseload. I’m encouraged that the Attorney General committed in today’s hearing to reporting APPS data on the DOJ website so Californians can track his progress and hold him accountable.”