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State gun laws proposed

28 May, 2014

Two California Assembly members propose new gun restrictions in the wake of the Rodger massacre. One would create a “gun violence restraining order” that could be imposed by a judge and enforced by police officers if requested by family members or friends. The current law only prohibits gun ownership if someone has been involuntarily committed for mental health treatment. Assembly member Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) explains,

When someone is in crisis, the people closest to them are often the first to spot the warning signs, but almost nothing can now be done to get back their guns or prevent them from buying more.

Another proposal would require authorities, if summoned to check on a mentally disturbed person, to check on whether that person has recently bought firearms.