Crime & Justice

Brown signs 'Gun Violence Restraining Order' into law

Photos of a victim stand in a makeshift memorial in front of the IV Deli May 25, 2014 in Isla Vista, California.
Photos of a victim stand in a makeshift memorial in front of the IV Deli May 25, 2014 in Isla Vista, California.
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Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a bill that would temporarily remove guns from the possession of a person deemed an immediate threat to himself or others.

The law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2016, will allow immediate family members or law enforcement to petition a court to remove another person’s right to own, possess or buy a firearm for up to a year and possibly longer.

If the court determines the person in question poses an immediate danger of harming himself or others, it could then issue a firearms restraining order and, if necessary, a firearms seizure warrant.

"This is a huge victory that can now be celebrated through the entire state of California," bill co-author Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) said in a statement.

Williams and  Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) crafted the measure, AB 1014,  in response to the mass shooting last May in the college community of Isla Vista, near UC Santa Barbara.

Some advocates for the mentally ill supported the bill, while others worried that such a law could be abused. 

California now joins Texas, Indiana and Connecticut in adopting a law that creates firearms restraining orders.