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. The pledge is one of 33 recommendations from Feuer’s Blue Ribbon Panel on School Safety.
"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 a gun to Grant High School and was carrying it in his waistband. LASPD officers inspected the juvenile’s locker and recovered an unloaded .45 caliber semi-automatic firearm.
Officers met with Munoz and searched his home for additional weapons. A backpack allegedly was discovered on the floor of Munoz’s closet containing an unlocked gun case, with an unloaded handgun magazine inside.
The case is being prosecuted by Deputy City Attorney Margarita Barron, who is assigned to prosecute gun cases and identify gun violence hot-spots throughout the City, and vertically prosecute high-risk firearm cases in those areas.
Weapons that are not safely stored in homes pose a serious public safety threat both to residents and the community. State and local law require firearms in the home be safely stored.
Safe Handgun Storage Pledge (English and Spanish)
Councilmember Paul Krekorian's Resolution