First law of its kind in the U.S.
California residents can now petition a judge to temporarily remove a close relative's firearms if they fear their family member will commit gun violence, thanks to a new safety measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
|California Gov. Jerry Brown|
"If it can save one life, one family from that agony, it will be worth it," said Democratic California Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, during the bill's debate. Many Republic state senators argued that the law would infringe upon the Second Amendment, and that there were already sufficient regulations in place.
The new law was introduced after Santa Barbara police in May were legally unable to confiscate the weapons of a man who later went on a shooting spree that killed six people, despite his family's having expressed concerns to authorities that he would become violent.
By Jack Linshi, @jacklinshi
Source: The Time