California leads the nation with some of the strictest laws on guns. Since 2004, anyone served with a temporary protective order is given only 24 hours to turn over any weapons to local law enforcement or sell them to a licensed gun dealer. Even with some of the toughest gun surrender laws on the books, enforcement of the legislation was uneven. One community set out to change that. In 2006, the state set up pilot programs to increase enforcement in San Mateo and Butte Counties. In 2007, the San Mateo Sheriff created the Domestic Violence Firearms Compliance Unit to track, investigate and enforce Domestic Violence Protective Court Orders directing the seizure and storage of surrendered firearms.

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