August 27, 2014
Caren Benjamin, West End Strategy Team,; Office: (202) 776-7700

Statement on California Senate Passage of AB 1014
Washington, DC –The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence would like to thank the 23 California Senators who voted today to approve AB 1014, the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) bill. We would also like to thank Assembly members Nancy Skinner and Das Williams for introducing this legislation, as well as principal Senate co-author Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson.

This legislation fills a critical gap in California’s system that leaves families and law enforcement helpless in the face of crisis they often see coming. Family members are often the first to know when a loved one is in trouble and at risk of dangerous behavior. We believe GVROs will give families a much-needed tool to intervene before a relative can seriously harm themselves and/or others. We are encouraged that AB 1014 has been modeled after California’s domestic violence restraining order, a proven mechanism that has prevented countless tragedies.

The GVRO was one of several recommendations from the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, a panel of mental health and public health experts convened last year by our affiliate, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, to explore ways to keep guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous individuals. The Consortium’s report for state lawmakers, Guns, Public Health, and Mental Illness: An Evidence-Based Approach for State Policy, was published in December 2013. It is the result of epidemiological research that has identified behaviors associated with an increased risk of future violence. Those behaviors include—among other things—prior acts of violence, threats of violence, substance and alcohol abuse.

The legislation now moves to the California State Assembly for consideration. We urge the Assembly to approve AB 1014 as quickly as possible so that a meaningful step can be taken to avoid future tragedies like the shooting in Isla Vista.

We look forward to assisting with the implementation of the Gun Violence Restraining Order when Governor Brown signs it into law, and to promoting this life-saving policy in other states in the future.

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.


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