February 25, 2024
Weapons relinquished to legislation enforcement. Picture credit score: Courtesy, San Diego County Sheriff’s Division

Sen. Catherine Blakespear, D-Encinitas, joined a colleague Thursday to announce laws supposed to bolster California’s “Crimson Flag” legislation and different makes an attempt at gun violence prevention.

Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Blakespear’s SB 899 would make it simpler for California courts to make sure that people who find themselves deemed a menace to themselves or others not have entry to firearms. It might set up uniform requirements for the state’s gun violence restraining order legislation, together with legal guidelines associated to different legal guidelines governing such orders.

To stop gun violence, Blakespear mentioned. the state should guarantee “that present legal guidelines are working as designed.”

“Proper now, solely home violence restraining orders require courts to follow-up on whether or not a firearm was correctly turned over as required by legislation,” she mentioned. “SB 899 makes this follow constant throughout all restraining order sorts and helps us preserve firearms out of the palms of people that shouldn’t have them. In spite of everything, legal guidelines are solely as efficient as their implementation.”

In 2014, California adopted the nation’s first gun violence restraining order legislation, AB 1014, by Skinner, when she was within the state Meeting. As well as, the state has 5 different restraining order legal guidelines that end result within the relinquishment of firearms, addressing home, faculty and office violence, elder or dependent abuse and civil harassment.

However even with these legal guidelines, Blakespear and Skinner mentioned that far too many individuals who’ve been deemed by a court docket to be a menace to themselves or others nonetheless have weapons. In keeping with the state Division of Justice, there are round 24,000 Californians on the state’s Armed and Prohibited Individuals System record.

In 2021, California enacted SB 320, supposed to strengthen the state’s home violence restraining order legislation by serving to be certain that these topic to the orders really relinquish their weapons.

SB 899 is meant to additional scale back the state’s backlog by making use of SB 320’s requirements to California’s different firearm-prohibiting restraining order legal guidelines.

– Metropolis Information Service