Governor Jerry Brown of California signed a bill allowing the temporary seizure of guns from people judged by the courts to be a threat to themselves or others.
This comes four months after a disturbed man killed six UC Santa Barbara students and wounded thirteen others in Isla Vista. The family of the man, Elliot Rodger, had sought help for his strange behavior before the shootings.
Now law enforcement officers or family members can ask for a restraining order on an individual, barring him from possessing firearms for 21 days.
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Nancy Skinner of Berkeley, one of the members who introduced the legislation, said:
“Family members are often the first to spot the warning signs when someone is in crisis. AB 1014 provides an effective tool to get guns out of the hands of loved ones to avoid these tragedies.”
The National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of California both objected to the bill because the guns would be taken away without a hearing. However, a hearing must be held within 21 days of the order being issued.
Charles Cunningham, a director with the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said:
“Without a doubt, AB 1014 is one of the most egregious violations of civil liberties ever introduced in the California Legislature.”
What do you think? Is this measure life-saving or a dangerous violation of civil liberties?
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