LA mayoral candidate Karen Bass insists gun storage, registration ‘100% legal’ in debate

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During Wednesday evening The angels mayoral debate, Rep. Karen Bass insisted guns stolen from her home in a burglary were properly stored, accusing opponent Rick Caruso of ‘desperation’ for asking.

The two guns were reported to be the only items stolen in home invasion earlier this month, prompting City Councilman Joe Buscaino to call authorities with questions about the circumstances. During the debate, Caruso continued the questioning.

“”We didn’t hear a lot about these guns that I think the congresswoman should answer some questions about what kind of guns they were, how they were stored, was it in compliance with city code,” Caruso said, adding that “that city has a very, very detailed law.”

Bass said she was “disheartened” by Caruso’s question and insisted everything was correct.

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Rep.  Karen Bass speaks as developer Rick Caruso, not pictured, listens during the Los Angeles mayoral debate at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022.

Rep. Karen Bass speaks as developer Rick Caruso, not pictured, listens during the Los Angeles mayoral debate at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022.
(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

“My home was broken into, I called the police and later they arrested the two suspects,” she said. “And the storage and recording was 100% legal.”

The Democrat then fired back with his own charge.

“I think it’s desperation, Rick,” she said, mentioning the letter from Buscaino, “calling me to be investigated for the theft that happened in my house.”

Businessman Rick Caruso meets with Congresswoman Karen Bass during the Los Angeles mayoral debate at the Skirball Cultural Center on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in Los Angeles.

Businessman Rick Caruso meets with Congresswoman Karen Bass during the Los Angeles mayoral debate at the Skirball Cultural Center on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, in Los Angeles.
(Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

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Bass then turned on Caruso, saying she was “disappointed” because when his property The Grove was burgled, she called him to ask how he was doing.

“And instead you call on me to prove one thing or the other, and then the councilor calls on me to be investigated?” she asked.

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Caruso said he “sympathized” with Bass and remembered that after the burglary he publicly stated that “I feel sorry for anyone, including you, that this is happening to.,” and that it is a “terrible sense of invasion.”

Still, he pressed the issue by saying that two guns are on the street now and “knowing how they’re stored, that’s a simple thing to answer.”

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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