LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed multiple criminal charges against a parent for allowing her juvenile son to take a loaded firearm and ammunition to a Van Nuys High School. The case represents the first ever filing of a criminal case by the City Attorney’s Office for safe storage violations.
"Guns have no place in or around our schools," said Feuer. "Our office will continue to take aggressive action to protect our kids. And I call on parents to prevent potentially devastating consequences by safely storing every firearm they own."
The defendant was charged with four criminal counts including: allowing a child to carry a firearm off-premises; allowing a child to take a firearm to school; 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.
Deputy City Attorney Greg Dorfman of the City Attorney’s Gun Violence Prevention Unit is prosecuting the case.
Charges stem from an incident on May 13, 2014 when the defendant’s 17 yearold son is alleged to have brought a fully loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, with an additional fully loaded seven round magazine, to Will Rogers High school in Van Nuys. A witness reported seeing the firearm to school police who recovered the firearm and ammunition in the student’s backpack. During the course of the investigation, the defendant refused to cooperate with officers in recovering the weapon.
On May 14, 2014, LAPD officers served a search warrant on the defendant’s home and recovered a shotgun and four additional handguns. None of the weapons were locked or properly stored including one weapon found in a kitchen cabinet near the sink.
In addition, Women Against Gun Violence will educate parents on safely storing firearms, at schools where the City Attorney’s Neighborhood School Safety Program is being established.
“As part of Women Against Gun Violence’ ongoing work to protect children and families from gun violence, our newest program, The TALK Project, works to educate parents about the legal and personal responsibilities associated with gun ownership and children. We applaud the City Attorney’s office for their efforts in keeping our children safe!” said Margot Bennett, Executive Director of Women Against Gun Violence.
The City Attorney has also worked closely with LAPD in the past months to identify and verify that individuals prohibited from possessing firearms in neighborhoods around schools and in gang injunction zones are in compliance with state law.