Monday, August 18, 2014

Gun Violence Restraining Order Bill Seeks to Curb Mass Shootings

Judges in California may soon have the authority to temporarily limit gun ownership. A bill, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner of Berkeley, would allow family members, healthcare providers and law enforcement to petition a judge for a gun violence restraining order. The order would bar an individual from owning a gun for up to one year if the individual poses a threat to themselves or others. The bill’s authors say it also provides for due process and allows the individual to challenge the order. The bill comes after a spate of mass shooting, including the murder of six people in Isla Vista last spring. Nick St. Charles filed this report.