Photo: Luis Gonzales
Ventura County – America is full of gun lovers who legally possess a wide range of legal firearms and enjoy sporting activities involving their use.
Those who are convicted felons, however, are generally prohibited by law from possessing either firearms, ammunition, or other assorted weapons. 54-year-old Moorpark resident Luis Gonzales is one such “prohibited person” whose terms of parole or release specifically restrict him from the possession or use of firearms.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Det. Robert Curiel, on the morning of February 26th, Gonzales was more than just a “prohibited person.”
He was also subject to “a domestic violence restraining order” that further restricted him from possessing firearms and weapons. It was at 9:00 a.m. on that date when patrol deputies attached to the Moorpark Police Station were dispatched to the home of an elderly female “to check on her well-being.”
Upon arrival at the home, deputies entered to speak with the elderly female resident. That was when the cops spotted “an assault rifle in plain view” in Gonzalez’s living area within the home.
A brief conversation with Gonzales revealed his post-release status as well as the active restraining order hanging over his head. Soon thereafter, deputies obtained and served a search warrant on the rest of the residence which lead to the discovery of “two assault rifles, two .45 caliber handguns, a shotgun, three rifles, a crossbow, and pellet guns.”
That was all the deputies had to see to convince them of the need to remove Gonzales and his weapons cache from the residence. He was “arrested without incident” and transported to Ventura County Jail, where he was booked for PC§29800(a) as a felon in possession of a firearm and PC§29825(a) as a restrained person in possession of a firearm.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking, Moorpark Police Department