Donnelly’s use of guns
raises probation questions
One condition of Tim Donnelly’s probation after a loaded firearm was discovered in his carry-on bag at an airport in 2012 is that the Twin Peaks assemblyman – and now candidate for governor – could not “personally use, own or possess any firearm that is not registered to him.”
So it raised some eyebrows when Donnelly, campaigning in recent days, held well-publicized events at a gun store and a gun range, holding firearms and shooting them.
Christopher Lee, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, said in an email the office is “looking into this matter” but had no more information.
Donnelly, the Legislature’s most outspoken gun-rights advocate, pleaded no contest in 2012 to two misdemeanor gun charges. The Republican said he forgot the gun was in his bag.
Barry Krisberg, former president of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and a lecturer at UC Berkeley, said it’s not clear that Donnelly’s handling of a gun at a store or a range constitutes possession. If it does, he said, it is “in the most marginal sense” of the law.
“Convicted felons should not be serving in our state government.”