LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed multiple criminal charges against a parent for allegedly allowing his 14 year-old son to take a loaded firearm and ammunition from an unsecured location. The case follows the filing of a similar criminal case against a parent by the City Attorney’s Office in October. "These events could easily have ended in tragedy. That is why keeping guns out of the hands of our kids is so important,” said Feuer. “My Office will continue to aggressively enforce our gun violence prevention laws as well as educate parents on how to safely store their firearms.”
Defendant Santiago Chavez, 54, was charged with three criminal counts including: allowing a child to carry a firearm off-premises; contributing to the delinquency of a minor; and permitting a child to be placed in a situation where their person or health is endangered. Each count carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and $1,000 fine. The City Attorney will also be seeking weapons conditions which could prohibit the possession of any weapons.
The City Attorney’s Gun Violence Prevention Coordinator Greg Dorfman is prosecuting the case.