Senate Committee to Vote on Bill that Could Remove Guns from 'People in Crisis'

The bill was drafted in the wake of the UCSB massacre in May.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The Senate Public Safety Committee will vote Tuesday, June 24, on a bill authored by Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), introduced in the wake of the Isla Vista shooting last month, which would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from individuals who are at risk for committing acts of violence.

AB 1014 would allow a judge to issue a “Gun Violence Restraining Order” to temporarily limit an individual’s access to firearms when there are warning signs or indications that the person is in crisis. 

Similar legal tools are available in Connecticut, Indiana and Texas. The parents of the disturbed young man in Isla Vista desperately tried but failed to get help before their son’s killing spree last month, providing a tragic example of how options are limited for families in crisis. 

Related article: Politicians Propose Law to Prevent Mass Killings in Wake of UCSB Massacre

Assemblymembers Skinner and Williams will testify in support of AB 1014.

—Information submitted by the Office of Assemblymember Nancy Skinner

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dorthy manser June 25, 2014 at 11:27 PM
BiteMeFanBoy1 June 25, 2014 at 11:35 PM
No thanks,I think you've already been bitten by brain eating zombies.
JHouse June 26, 2014 at 01:25 PM
does it look as if manufacturing is just fine here? Check this out. http://www.thetrumpet.com/article/2061.31271.80.0/economy/the-death-of-american-manufacturing
glenn bernard June 26, 2014 at 03:31 PM
Suppose that within a mental evaluation for gun purchase, the citizen reveals a deeply held dislike and distrust of the Government. Some people would not want this person to be allowed to purchase just for this one "excuse." Suggest everybody focus on getting US corporations to return to the USA (from Asia) for all of their manufacturing. Nothing stops bullets like JOBS!
Nadja Adolf June 26, 2014 at 08:12 PM
Note that this law would NOT have stopped the Isla Vista shooting because the parents did NOT call the local mental health agency as well as the police. Note that by failing to check the California gun registry - available in every patrol car - they would not have even considered issuing such an order because they didn't think there were any firearms in the area - and neither did his parents, apparently. I have a lot of questions regarding this case - and one of them is that given junior had been making violent postings for more than a week or two, why didn't the parents cut off his funds and compel him to return home and be evaluated?


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