California Gov. Jerry Brown will decide on AB2888, a proposal to co-employees and school officials seek restraining orders against weapons owners that are seen as a threat.
California lawmakers approved a bill this week that would expand the list of people who can ask a judge for a gun violence restraining order, reports said.
AB2888 passed the state Senate 25-12. It would allow staff and the staff of the school to petition a court to temporarily remove guns from someone they believe poses a danger, the San Francisco Chronicle.
ICYMI: California lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday that allows staff and the staff of the school to petition a court to temporarily remove guns from someone they believe poses a danger. https://t.co/W0Q1jrSBU8
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) August 29, 2018
The legislation would build on the state of the existing “red flag” law, adopted in 2014 after a deadly shooting rampage in Isla Vista that resulted in seven dead, including the shooter, the Huffington Post reported. The law entered into force in 2016.
But critics say that the expansion of the gun-bag law can lead to abuse, the Chronicle.
“It is very dangerous when you go after someone’s freedom for some perceived safety,” Craig DeLuz of the Firearms Policy Coalition told Sacramento’s KCRA-TV.
“It is very dangerous when you go after someone’s freedom for some perceived security.”
– Craig DeLuz, Firearms Policy Coalition
“We all want to do what we can to ensure that there are firearms out of the hands of persons who are potentially a danger to themselves or others,” he said. “But in any case, we should always be wary of violating civil liberties.”
Please note, gun grabbers.https://t.co/mzzyL8nium
— Firearms Policy (@gunpolicy) August 29, 2018
Currently, the red flag law can only be used by immediate family members, housemates, and enforcement of the law, according to reports.
The expansion bill sponsored by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who vetoed a similar proposal in 2016, one that Ting made after a mass shooting in San Bernardino, in the Huffington Post reported.
Brown said then it was “too early to determine a further expansion,” the report said. It was not immediately clear whether the governor would sign the final invoice, according to the Chronicle.
“This is about getting the weapons out of the hands of the wrong people,” Ting said.
“This is about getting the weapons out of the hands of the wrong people.”
– Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco
Under the law, a judge may bar a person in possession of a gun, for as long as a year, the report said.
The Governor of today: my invoice #AB2888. The CA Gun Violence restraining order law, by which the officials of the school and the employers to ask a court to temporarily take away someone’s firearms if they pose a danger to themselves or others – another tool to help in the protection of communities. pic.twitter.com/W5VxqlCEkw
— Phil Ting (@PhilTing) August 29, 2018
In a tweet, Ting called it “another tool to protect communities.”
Now, as a judge, a restraining order, “the gun owner is required to give his or her firearms for 21 days pending a hearing on the question of whether the order will be extended for a year,” the Chronicle reported. The person would be banned from buying firearms or ammunition in that time.
“We are struggling with this problem of gun violence as a nation,” Ting told the Post. “I never said this is a panacea, but it is just one of the many solutions that we have to offer.”
The councillor said that his bill would offer extra opportunities to catch troubling behavior.
“You don’t need to increase the restrictions on the people in the general firearms away, but actually be able to do something that the targets of dangerous people,” Amy Barnhorst, a psychiatrist at the University of California, Davis, told Sacramento’s KCRA-TV.
“If you just stop people at that point where they are trying to get a gun that they can’t be mass shooters,” she said.
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