American Canyon man arrested during firearm check

2013-09-11T17:00:00Z 2013-09-11T17:12:57Z American Canyon man arrested during firearm checkRegister staff Napa Valley Register
September 11, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

An American Canyon resident was arrested Tuesday after special agents from the California Bureau of Firearms checked 10 Napa County residents for possible illegal weapon possession, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

Persons prohibited from possessing a firearm include felons, and people with a history of domestic violence and/or mental illness. Of the 10 people contacted, one was arrested and one has pending charges, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators with the Napa County Sheriff’s Office, Napa police and the Napa County District Attorney’s Office assisted special agents with the California Bureau of Firearms, a division of the California Department of Justice, during the firearms compliance check.

Ricardo Venegas, 31, was arrested at his house on Hartford Court in American Canyon after officers found two semi-automatic handguns, 2,800 rounds of ammunition and 15 firearm magazines, Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart said.

He was booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of illegal firearm and ammunition possession, according to the Sheriff’s Office. It is unclear why Venegas was not allowed to have firearms.

In addition, an unnamed Napa resident allegedly had an illegal .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office. Charges against that person are pending, Stuart said.

The other eight residents had no illegal weapons or ammunition.

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