California school staff may be able to request gun restraining orders

California school staff may be able to request gun restraining orders

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) — A California bill that would allow school staff to request a court-ordered gun violence restraining order against an individual believed to be unstable is one step closer to becoming law. Assemblyman Phil Ting’s bill, AB 2888, is an extension of a current state law that allows immediate family members and law enforcement officials to request gun violence restraining orders against people who show warning signs of violence. AB 2888 would include more people, including school employees and co-workers. "You don’t have to increase the restrictions on people in general to get firearms away, but actually be able to do something that targets dangerous people," UC Davis psychiatrist Amy Barnhorst said. “If you can just stop people at that point where they try to get a gun they can’t become mass shooters." Barnhorst explains mass shootings often get tied with mental health, but in many cases the shooter doesn’t fall into an involuntary commitment category or arrest by enforcement. "There’s so many different reasons people are violent and angry," Barnhorst explains. "It’s frustrating when I do see folks that I think, ‘Yeah this person has a high potential for violence,’ and ‘Yes, if I release them there’s a danger they would do something.’ But the person legally owns guns, they haven’t committed a crime. And so, we’re both kind of stuck in this limbo and there’s this gap in between for people." The gun violence restraining order law was enacted in 2016. A judge can order […]

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