Giving the benefit of the doubt to provisions in this bill to prevent abuse, it looks really sensible to me. Finally a mechanism with review and due process built in.
From the Supreme Court decision that affirmed our right to bear arms an individual right
“Nothing in our opinion, should be taken to cast doubt on long standing prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill.”
The pro-gun crowd will be foaming, but Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law AB 1014, by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), that will let family members or police seek a court order to temporarily remove lawfully owned weapons from the home of someone deemed at risk of committing violence.
It is just the kind of reasonable approach to a deadly problem that gun-owners ought to embrace.
The Gun Violence Restraining Order bill arose after the horror of the Isla Vista rampage this year, and stands as a common-sense approach to dealing with a persistent problem in American society: mentally unstable individuals in possession of firearms.
And while the gun-rights folks dislike the measure and invent all sorts of abuse scenarios — ex-spouses or ex-lovers dropping a dime on each other out of spite — the law has protections that would make that difficult.