After Texas Shooting, California Assembly Votes To Expand Gun Violence Restraining Order

After Texas Shooting, California Assembly Votes To Expand Gun Violence Restraining Order

Wikimedia The California Assembly is pushing to expand the use of gun violence restraining orders after Friday’s school shooting in Texas. Democratic lawmakers on Monday passed legislation that would allow teachers and school staff to request temporary confiscation of a person’s firearms. Employers and co-workers at businesses could also request gun violence restraining orders, under the bill. Friday’s school shooting in Texas framed the debate. “I really do ask that we don’t just send thoughts and prayers, but that we send some action to students, to families who really are scratching their heads and asking what we can do to stem the violence in our schools,” said Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting, the measure’s author. Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez objected to the connection between the bill and the 17-year-old accused of the shooting. “That young man, not only did he take weapons that were not his own, that were not registered to him, he was not even old enough to have them,” Melendez said. “I just think it’s inappropriate to use that scenario as a reason for this bill.” Currently, only family or law enforcement can ask a judge to temporarily confiscate a gun owner’s firearms. Democrats in support of the bill called it a logical expansion of the restraining order program, because employers and co-workers often spend more time around each other than they do with their families. “We will allow those most often in the position to identify that a person who is a danger to themselves or […]

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After Texas Shooting, California Assembly Votes To Expand Gun Violence Restraining Order

After Texas Shooting, California Assembly Votes To Expand Gun Violence Restraining Order

Seth Perlman / AP The California Assembly is pushing to expand the use of gun violence restraining orders after Friday’s school shooting in Texas. Democratic lawmakers on Monday passed legislation that would allow teachers and school staff to request temporary confiscation of a person’s firearms. Employers and co-workers at businesses could also request gun violence restraining orders, under the bill. Friday’s school shooting in Texas framed the debate. “I really do ask that we don’t just send thoughts and prayers, but that we send some action to students, to families who really are scratching their heads and asking what we can do to stem the violence in our schools,” said Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting, the measure’s author. Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez objected to the connection between the bill and the 17-year-old accused of the shooting. “That young man, not only did he take weapons that were not his own, that were not registered to him, he was not even old enough to have them,” Melendez said. “I just think it’s inappropriate to use that scenario as a reason for this bill.” Currently, only family or law enforcement can ask a judge to temporarily confiscate a gun owner’s firearms. Democrats in support of the bill called it a logical expansion of the restraining order program, because employers and co-workers often spend more time around each other than they do with their families. “We will allow those most often in the position to identify that a person who is a danger […]

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