Fewer guns taken off streets in Oakland

September 2, 2011 6:15:34 AM PDT
Oakland police are taking fewer guns off the streets, primarily because there are fewer cops enforcing gun laws this year.

Friday's Contra Costa Times reports the layoffs of 80 officers to budget cuts a year ago and the reorganization of the remaining force have hurt the department's ability to take guns off the streets. On average the department takes 1,400 guns off the streets each year. This year it is on track to recover just 1,020 guns.