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‘Gun violence restraining order’ bill proposed

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 at 2:36 pm in Assembly, California State Senate, gun control, Nancy Skinner.

Lawmakers reacted to the Santa Barbara shooting by announcing plans Tuesday for a bill to create a “gun violence restraining order.”

The bill would establish a system in which concerned relatives, intimate partners or friends can notify police about someone showing a propensity toward violence, so police can investigate and seek a judge’s order to seize that person’s firearms and prevent any purchases.

Current law lets that process start only when therapists notify police that a client is at risk of committing a violent act. Family members can call police, but if no crime has been committed and the individual doesn’t meet criteria for an involuntary civil commitment to mental health treatment, there isn’t anything police can do about that person’s firearms.

“When someone is in crisis, the people closest to them are often the first to spot the warning signs,” Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, said in a news release. “Parents, like the mother who tried to intervene, deserve an effective tool they can act on to help prevent these tragedies.”

Skinner will co-author the bill with Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, and state Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara. “The tragic incident in my hometown of Isla Vista is not a result of gun laws failing,” Williams said. “Rather, it is a horrific example of how our mental health laws and gun control laws are not working together.”

Also, state Senate Democrats will present a package of mental health policy and budget proposals Wednesday in Sacramento “to address mental healthcare within California’s criminal justice system, recidivism and public safety,” according to a release from Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg’s office. “The package includes a proposal to strengthen and apply statewide protocols to help frontline law enforcement identify signs of mental illness.”

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  • RRSenileColumnist

    Where’s Leland Yee when ya need him?

  • Elwood

    Oh goody! Nancy Skinner and Senate Dimmiecrats!

    That’ll make everything all better I’m sure!

    You’d think that knee jerk reaction would get really annoying after a while.

  • JohnW

    Joe the Plumber in an open letter to families of the UCSB shooting victims: “Your dead kids don’t trump my right to have guns.” Fine fellow that he is, Joe acknowledges that his comment might seem a bit “harsh.” Gee, ya think?

  • Elwood

    Three of the victims were stabbed to death.

    Others were struck by the goofy POS’ car.

    We must now outlaw knives and cars.