|Gun Violence Prevention Group Applauds California Legislation to Establish Gun Violence Restraining Order|
|Proposal would let a judge temporarily stop individuals with high risk of violence from purchasing or possessing firearms
Washington, DC—The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) applauds California Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Assembly Member Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) for introducing Assembly Bill 1014 in the California Senate. The bill proposes implementing a “Gun Violence Restraining Order” that would prevent individuals from purchasing or possessing guns when they are at elevated risk of harming themselves or others.
“There’s nothing we can do to take back what happened in Isla Vista,” said Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “However, a Gun Violence Restraining Order might just stop the next Elliott Rodger from amassing an arsenal. When someone is in crisis, family members closest to that individual understand the situation the best, but they need more tools to protect their loved ones.”
The legislation proposed by Assemblywoman Skinner would enable those closest to a person who is at an elevated risk of harm to self or others to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from that person. After a short period of time, the Gun Violence Restraining Order would be reassessed to determine if the individual still poses a serious risk of violence.
The Gun Violence Restraining Order is a policy proposal that was recently identified by the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, a group of mental health and public health experts, as a promising new strategy to prevent gun violence. The Consortium was organized by the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, CSGV’s 501(c)(3) affiliate, and issued reports late last year to state and federal policy makers making the case for strengthening gun purchase and possession laws to restrict potentially dangerous individuals from having guns.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.