A California bill recently introduced to the state Legislature would allow courts to issue temporary firearms restraining orders for persons deemed unfit to own a gun.
On Wednesday, a gun bill was introduced to the California Legislature that would allow the states’ courts to temporarily seize a person’s firearms while the courts determine their competency, reported the Washington Post.
Assembly Bill 1014 would establish “a system where concerned family members, intimate partners or friends can notify law enforcement of someone who is demonstrating a propensity to commit violence toward themselves or others.”
Under the proposed bill, a gun owner would have to go before the court to make their case for owning a firearm. If unsuccessful, the court would keep their firearms, allowing them to make an appeal only after the court deems them safe to own a gun again.
State Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkley) introduced the bill as part of the California Democrats’ response to the mass shooting last week in La Isla, though, the language for the bill was drafted last year, according to Guns.com.
Skinner said the law would prevent persons with violent tendencies from owning and obtaining firearms.
“This is a common sense tool that could be used by a family member, a roommate or a concerned friend who saw clear warning signals that a person was a clear threat of violence to themselves or others.” Skinner said.
Gun laws and mental health issues are at the epicenter of the gun rights debate in America right now. Elliot Rodgers, the 22-year-old shooter who went on a murderous rampage in La Isla last week, had known mental health issues and owned three legally-obtained semi-automatic weapons. Adam Lanza, the shooter who killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook, also had known mental health issues.
However, this proposed bill is a turn-your-neighbors-in provision, and opponents believe it will cause nothing but trouble.
What can be construed as mental illness or a propensity towards violence? Could anyone who has a problem with you owning a gun report you? Would you then have to plead your case before a judge?
California continues to crack down on gun rights, but the debate is still open as to how effective their legislation will eventually be.
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