A new California gun control law will take effect this Friday and will allow police, without any prior warning to a gun owner, seize their weapon if a judge decides there’s a potential for violence.
The law was prompted for good reason after a 2014 mass shooting near the University of California, Santa Barbara, where officers beforehand visited shooter Elliot Rodger’s home after his parents had raised questions about the mental state of their son. However, the officers concluded that Rodgers wasn’t a risk to himself or others nor did they search his apartment where guns, ammunition and knives were stashed.
According to the Washington Times, under this new legislation, a family could obtain a “gun violence restraining order,”
Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Michael Moore toldpublic radio affiliate SCPR.
“The law gives us a vehicle to cause the person to surrender their weapons, to have a time out, if you will. It’s a short duration and it allows for due process. It’s an opportunity for mental health professionals to provide an analysis of a person’s mental state.”
California law already has a ban for people from possessing guns if they’ve committed a violent crime or were involuntarily committed to a mental health facility. Furthermore, police may also seize guns if a licensed therapist notifies police that the individual is a risk to his or her own safety or other safety.
But like all great change Conservatives and Second Amendment advocates say the law could put lawful gun owners at risk.
Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California says:
“We don’t need another law to solve this problem, We think this just misses the mark and may create a situation where law-abiding gun owners are put in jeopardy.”
What Paredes is really saying is that he doesn’t care about the 1,220 people that were killed in the State of California due to gun violence. Either way this law will be good for the State of California, and hopefully other states shall follow.