California Families Can Seek Firearm Restraining Orders

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Article from Grand View Outdoors
In recent weeks, California will be the first state that will allow family members to remove Firearms from a relative who appears to be a danger or threat to themselves, family members or the public. According to the article by Grand View Outdoors.com, “The bill was proposed by several Democrats and responds to a deadly rampage in May near the University of California, Santa Barbara. Relatives of the victims and other supporters of the bill said the parents of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger were thwarted in their attempts to seek help for their troubled son before the rampage.”

This law is similar to law in Connecticut, Indiana and Texas where law enforcement can seek a judge’s order allowing them to seize guns from people they deem to be a danger. According to the new law, “whoever seeks the restraining order will have to sign an affidavit under oath and could be charged with a misdemeanor if they lie. After the firearm restraining order has been filed, a court hearing would be held within 14 days after the restraining order is granted to give the gun owner a chance to argue there is no danger.”

Supporters of the bill believe it will have the greatest impact on preventing suicides or intervening where there is a history of domestic violence. There are concerns that the legislation misses the mark on getting guns out of the hands of people in trouble and could put law – abiding gun owners at risk.
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