More Californians can seek gun removals after Newsom signs new firearm laws

More Californians can seek gun removals after Newsom signs new firearm laws

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This Nov. 15, 2014, file photo shows handguns in a display case at Metro Shooting Supplies, in Bridgeton, Mo. SACRAMENTO — California will expand its landmark gun violence restraining order law, allowing coworkers and employers to ask a judge to take away someone’s firearms and extending the maximum length of the bans. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed four bills Friday to bolster the restraining order program, which now allows police, immediate family members and roommates to request that a judge temporarily confiscate firearms and ammunition from people they believe pose a danger to themselves or others. Following a signing ceremony at his Capitol office with lawmakers and advocates, Newsom said the measures would continue California’s success in reducing its murder and suicide rates faster than the rest of the country. “This is another tool in the toolkit from those that know individuals the most,” he said. “What’s inevitable is you’re going to see these expansions in other parts of the country and I think this will also expand the debate in Congress.” Supporters say the law is one of the most effective tools the state has to prevent gun violence, by enabling authorities to intervene when they see “red flag” behavior. But it was lightly used in the first three years after it took effect in 2016, particularly compared with other states that have similar programs. Fight for Gun Control AB61 by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, will add employers, coworkers and school employees to the list of people who […]

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