SACRAMENTO -- Assemblyman
"I just never got around to it," he told talk-show hosts John and Ken on Burbank-based KFI-AM.
Donnelly said he purchased the handgun when he was heading to the Mexican border to patrol with the Minutemen.
"Sometimes when you buy a gun from a private party, you don't realize that they might not have registered it and done all the paperwork," Donnelly said.
He acknowledged the buyer is also supposed to do the paperwork, but brushed aside the controversy. He accused The Times of having a political agenda for reporting that the gun was registered to an elderly woman who said she never met the San Bernardino County lawmaker.
Donnelly was caught with the handgun at Ontario International Airport in January 2012, pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors and was placed on probation for three years. He has described the incident as an "honest mistake," saying he had forgotten to remove the weapon from his briefcase.
In the Capitol on Thursday, Donnelly declined to answer additional questions about the purchase of his handgun, which was destroyed by law enforcement authorities.
"I've said everything I'm going to say on that," he told The Times.