FEUER FILES CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST VALLEY PARENT FOR ALLEGEDLY FAILING TO LOCK UP GUN

Updated: Mar 3


A dark gray metal handgun on a table which had been confiscated from a high school student.

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed multiple criminal charges against a Mission Hills resident for allegedly keeping a firearm unsecured in the family home. The firearm allegedly was taken by the defendant’s juvenile stepson to Grant High School before authorities were alerted.

"Safely storing guns saves lives, prevents crime and it’s the law," said Feuer. "If an unsecured gun falls into the hands of a teenager and is taken to school, it’s a recipe for tragedy. This prosecution sends the strong message that gun owners are accountable for safely storing their firearms."

Councilmember Paul Krekorian will also introduce a motion in City Council today urging the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to request parents sign a pledge that if they have a weapon in the home, it is securely stored away from students. This pledge is one of 33 recommendations from Feuer’s final report based on the findings of the Blue Ribbon Panel on School Safety he assembled in the wake of the Parkland Shooting.

"We need to do everything in our power to raise awareness about the law requiring gun owners to safely store firearms in their home," said Councilmember Krekorian. "If we can stop guns from getting into the hands of students, we will prevent accidents, suicides and school shootings in our communities. I hope that LAUSD will partner with the city to notify parents and guardians about the law and urge them to sign a pledge stating that, if they own a gun, they will safely store it."

Jose Munoz, 35, was charged with one count of criminal storage of a firearm carried off-premises to a public school and one count of unlawful storage of a firearm. He faces up to one year in jail and $5,000 in fines. Arraignment is scheduled for October 29, 2018 in Division 48 of the Criminal Courthouse Building.

On September 13, 2018, Los Angeles School Police (LASPD) received a tip from another student who had observed a social media posting from Munoz’s 17 year-old stepson allegedly showing that he had brought