Westminster police battle influx of guns


As guns have become increasingly prevalent nationally and across Orange County, the Westminster Police Department has been turning up more and more gun-toting criminals and removing their weapons from circulation. Between 2021 and 2022, Westminster police took 64 guns off the streets, a dramatic 278 percent increase from the 2021 total of 26. Meanwhile, the number of unserialized homemade ghost guns doubled from 13 to 26. Commander Scott Gump says, although the Westminster police haven’t targeted gun seizures per se, the uptick in the town of 90,000 is noteworthy. Westminster is not alone. Through the pandemic, Americans and gun producers…

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