Skip to comments.Legislation Would Allow Family, Friends To Notify Authorities Of Potential Gunman [to confiscate]
Posted on 05/28/2014 11:53:43 AM PDT by BenLurkin
SANTA BARBARA (CBSLA.com) State lawmakers are pushing for new legislation that would give family or friends of a potential gunman the ability to ask law enforcement to prevent them from owning or buying a firearm.
The proposed bill from California State Assemblymembers Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) would create a gun violence restraining order, which would grant authority to concerned family members, friends and intimate partners to intervene and potentially prohibit the purchase of firearms and/or remove the firearms already in possession.
Williams told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO law enforcement would in turn have the ability to investigate reported threats and ask a judge to grant an order prohibiting firearms purchase or possession. Most people agree that guns shouldnt be in the hands of mentally ill or mentally unstable folks, the question is how to remove mentally ill or unstable folks from their weapons, said Williams. This would at least give parents and family members, spouses, a chance to bring to a judge a case where someone might hurt themselves or is potentially homicidal and could hurt other people.
Under current California law, licensed therapists can notify law enforcement that their client is at risk of committing a violent act allowing authorities to investigate the individual. Law enforcement can then prevent the person from buying or owning firearms
According to Skinner, there is currently no legal mechanism to limit firearm access while an individual in crisis is seeking or receiving mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, anger management, or other counseling. Opponents say such legislation would likely be unconstitutional and target a high number of law-abiding Americans.
But Skinner said law enforcements response to attempts by the mother of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger regarding concerns about her sons mental health shows new measures are needed.
When someone is in crisis, the people closest to them are often the first to spot the warning signs but almost nothing can now be done to get back their guns or prevent them from buying more, Skinner said. Parents, like the mother who tried to intervene, deserve an effective tool they can act on to help prevent these tragedies.
Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson will be joining Williams and Skinner as a principal co-author of the legislation. It was not immediately clear when the bill would be introduced.
This won’t get abused by angry ex-wives in any way, shape, or form, I am certain.
It will all go great.
So basically leftists in your family can have your guns taken?
We are being governed into the ground by idiots.
Leftist that claim to be a friend/aquantence/whatever,any A-hole on the street.
Sure doesnt take these fool long to come up with this crap
Turn in your lib neighbors.
maybe one of these days it will occur to real Americans that talking back and forth to each other about the all-out lefty assault on our constitutional republic just isn’t enough to save it.
This stuff is as obvious as a heart attack to most FReepers.
Another reason I am glad that I left CA and moved to the Free United States.
California is an un-American joke.
And don't Tee off a neighbor, a coworker or a democrat either.
Within six months the entire population of California will be on the No-Firearms list.
I predict more than a few lawsuits if this idiotic legislation becomes law.
I heard, on some show, someone advocate for the abolition of the requirement for a search warrant in these cases. Cops maybe erred on the side of caution on this one...now this is what you get...
” predict more than a few lawsuits if this idiotic legislation becomes law.”
The accusations of someone resulting the deprivation of a Constitutional right without due process?
Nah. It’s Kalifornia.
Next, you will be able to get an ex parte injunction to prevent someone from speaking publically.
It would be funny if all the cops had people dropping dimes on them.
Go for it morons! My sympathies to conservatives in California......
I hope the first person reported and adversely affected is Diane Fienstien, the second being the bodyguards of Bug Eyes Pelosi
Yep, the law will eventually expanded so that ANYONE who “feels threatened” or thinks you MIGHT be a threat will be able to petition the court to have your guns taken away.
Their reasoning is that if you are paranoid about the government taking your guns, you are obviously too mentally ill to own them, so the government will confiscate them.
Didn’t give your kid a cut in a recent sale of a piece of real estate? Didn’t buy him that car he wanted?
It just might come back to haunt you.
Betray your friends!
Win fabulous prizes!!