Friday night, a raid on Rep. Karen Bass’s Los Angeles home resulted in the theft of two firearms.
The news was revealed in a statement released Saturday by the Los Angeles mayoral candidate.
Bass returned home on Friday and discovered signs of a raid, prompting her to call the police.
You said the thief stole firearms, which were “safely stored,” leaving behind cash, electronics, and other valuables.
“It’s unnerving and, unfortunately, it’s something that far too many Angelenos have faced,” said Bass.
Rep. Karen Bass lives in the Baldwin Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Firearms and burglary
Sarah Leonard Sheahan, Bass’ communications director, confirmed that the guns belonged to members of Congress.
She also said they were secured in a Brinks locker.
According to Leonard Sheahan, the guns were legally registered guns, and Bass never applied for a license to carry a gun.
He also revealed that no one was home during the raid.
On Saturday night, the LAPD asked the public for help to share clues about the suspected burglary.
“Hispanic, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds,” investigators described.
Crime and security in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Times co-sponsored a poll last month that showed 77% of voters wanted a sober candidate to face crime.
The opinions come from a study which found that burglaries across the city will increase by 15% by 2022 and that crime has become a major issue in the mayoral race.
In a previous debate, Bass was asked to rate how safe she felt in her neighborhood on a scale of 1 to 10.
“I do feel safe. I would say a 10,” said Bass.
“I feel safe, but I do understand that a lot of people around the city do not feel safe, and I respect that.”
How Karen Bass learned to use a gun
Bass learned to use a firearm in Los Angeles in the late 1970s as an organizer with the Venceremos Brigade in California.
The Venceremos Brigade is a group formed in 1983 to show solidarity with the Cuban revolution, according to The Times.
Bass says a LAPD officer taught him how to use a gun.
According to her, the officer “encouraged a wide variety of people who held leadership responsibilities in the progressive Los Angeles community to learn how to use firearms.”
Elections for the mayor in Los Angeles
Karen Bass has been a member of Congress for six years, representing parts of the Westside and southern Los Angeles.
With Election Day less than two months away, she has built a double-digit lead over billionaire mall developer Rick Caruso in the polls for the mayor.
The rush was on recently and the two got on the scene for their relationship with USC, which has suffered several scandals in recent years.
Bass is facing questions about a $95,000 grant USC gave her in 2011.
Federal prosecutors said the grant was “crucial” to their investigation into allegations of corruption in the university’s social work program.
Bass’s campaign targeted USC board member Caruso for failing to protect women in college.
The attacks are linked to allegations of sexual abuse by former campus gynecologist George Tyndall.