Bill to Protect Californians from Ghost Guns Heads to Governor

Bill to Protect Californians from Ghost Guns Heads to Governor

Bill to Protect Californians from Ghost Guns Heads to Governor SACRAMENTO – After a year of increased gun violence, the California State Legislature has approved legislation that closes a dangerous loophole in California’s gun safety laws. AB 1057 , authored by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, will allow for the seizure of ghost guns when an emergency Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) or Domestic Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) is served. The Governor has until October 10, 2021 to sign or veto bills. Ghost guns are homemade guns made from parts that are readily available and unregulated. Unlike other firearms, they can be bought without a background check and are not built by licensed manufacturers but come in kits that are easily assembled. The California Penal Code does not classify ghost guns as firearms, which prevents law enforcement from seizing them when serving a GVRO or DVRO. “If something looks like a gun and shoots bullets like a gun it should be treated like a gun,” said Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach). “It is critical that we close this dangerous loophole—Assembly Bill 1057 will give the courts and law enforcement the tools to enforce restraining orders, and to protect innocent Californians from the tragedy of gun violence.” The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reported that 31% of guns recovered in California were unserialized, untraceable ghost guns, putting the public and law enforcement in danger. Localities such as Los Angeles reported an even high number of 41%. Additionally, more […]

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