Mirkarimi Turns In Handguns

Sheriff turns in handguns after facing domestic violence charges.

By Richard Faustino
|  Thursday, Jan 26, 2012  |  Updated 7:56 AM PDT
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Mirkarimi Turns In Handguns

San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi poses for his mugshot.

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San Francisco's newly elected sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi, will not be able to own something his job requires him to have.

He recently turned over his personal collection of three handguns to authorities.  These include two semi-automatic pistols and a .357 Magnum revolver.

This stems from his recent arrest on three misdemeanor charges, including domestic battery.  Mirkarimi is accused of bruising his wife's arm during an argument on New Year's eve.

He has denied the accusations and is vowing to fight the charges in court.

Meantime, San Francisco mayor Ed Lee is raising questions on whether Mirkarimi can function as Sheriff while facing domestic violence charges.  Mirkarimi says he will not take a leave of absence.

While he was with the city's Board of Supervisors, Mirkarimi angered local gun advocates last year when he authored legislation to place tighter restrictions on handguns.

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