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Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Seizure of Unregistered Assault Weapons from Convicted Felon

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the seizure of nine firearms, including eight unregistered assault weapons, 20,000 rounds of ammunition and 100 large capacity magazines from an individual legally barred from possessing firearms due to prior felony convictions. 

On Tuesday night, agents from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Firearms conducted an Armed and Prohibited Persons (APPS) investigation in Sacramento County involving Britton Edward McFetridge, 37, who was on probation due to a 2010 conviction for felony battery with serious bodily injury. 

During a probation search of the basement at McFetridge’s home, agents located eight unregistered assault weapons, one bolt action rifle, eight large capacity drum magazines, 100 large capacity magazines and more than 20,000 large caliber rounds of ammunition. Agents determined the firearms had been illegally purchased within the last three to five years from private parties and that the magazines were illegally purchased online.

Later that evening, McFetridge was later arrested at his place of business in Sacramento and booked into the Sacramento County Jail on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of unregistered assault weapons, felon in possession of ammunition and large capacity magazines and violation of probation. 

The APPS database cross-references five databases to find people who legally purchased handguns and registered assault weapons since 1996 with people who are prohibited from owning or possessing firearms. California is the first and only state in the nation to establish an automated system for tracking handgun and assault weapon owners who might fall into a prohibited status.

Photos of weapons seized during this investigation are attached to the electronic version of this release at: http://oag.ca.gov/news

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