BREAKING: California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Allow Family Members to Have Guns Confiscated
California Governor Jerry Brown has just signed a bill that will allow family members to have guns confiscated from people they consider to be a danger to themselves or others.
According to the Associated Press,
Law enforcement authorities in Connecticut, Indiana and Texas can seek a judge’s order allowing them to seize guns from people they deem to be a danger.
The new California law gives law enforcement the same option and extends it to family members.
It continues California’s efforts to lead the nation in preventing firearm injury and death, said Amanda Wilcox, an advocate for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, whose daughter was a victim of gun violence.
The greatest effect might be in preventing suicides or intervening where there is a history of domestic violence, she said.
“It’s hard to know how much it will be used or how much it will prevent,” Wilcox said. “It only takes avoiding one loss for this to be worth it.”
It’s also hard to know when this law will disarm someone who then ends up needing to defend themselves.
It’s not hard to see how this bill could be misused by anti-gun family members or during domestic issues to unlawfully disarm a gun owner.
Gun rights groups made a big push to urge Brown to veto the bill over the past several weeks. Apparently, those pleas fell on deaf ears.