Gun restraining order could seize guns from mentally ill

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SAN DIEGO - Governor Jerry Brown signed new gun legislation Tuesday allowing family members to file a restraining order against a mentally unstable gun owner, separating them from their guns.

The law is in direct reaction to the shootings that ravaged the UC Santa Barbara area of Isla Vista. Lawmakers contend that if this law was in place family members could have sounded the alarm legally.

Gun advocates are not that sure.

“I can’t believe it’s a good idea to attempt to take away the guns of a law abiding citizen that hasn’t done anything wrong, and I don’t think they will want to give their guns up,” said Dimitrious Karras, the owner of Ares Armor a gun accessory store. “I think this will turn into just another way for the police to bully people into doing what they want.”

Criminal expert and attorney Wendy Patrick said this might be the tool that ads an extra layer of protection that stops the next mass casualty shooting.

”This is just one more tool that law enforcement will have at their disposal to address the dangers that are out there…the mixture of mental illness and guns is something that needs to be solved I’m not sure this is the answer, but we will see,” Patrick said.

5 comments

  • Carol

    I am not 100% positive but I thought when you got a restraining order the people had to turn in their firearms.

  • wes

    They do, but police never do the leg work to get the guns. You can keep adding laws, but unless the police retrieve the weapons it does us no goodto make these laws. This law makes no since, so you can take away my guns if my family says something to police. I can see this being abused in every domestic issue in the good old CA.

  • wes

    I would like to see how this goes when the police take away someone’s right to self protection and the lover kills them. Women are the biggest growth in the gun sales industry in the last 10 years. It not like CA’s protecting its citizens from the inmates it cuts loose early.

  • Paul

    What has happened to “Due Process”? How can you be judged guilty or “possibly guilty” before you do anything Illegal? If they are going to enforce this law, then the police should make a visit to all of the ‘known’ gang members and take away their guns. How much more ‘mentally ill’ do you have to be to be in a gang?

  • Paul

    There is already a law in place that says that you can’t have a gun if you have been judged to be mentally ill. Let’s just fill the books with more laws that aren’t enforced.

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