December 2, 2023
Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta views confiscated weapons with Metropolis Atty. Mara Elliott and Police Chief David Nisleit. Courtesy of Elliott’s workplace

Metropolis Legal professional Mara W. Elliott mentioned Tuesday her workplace secured 27 gun violence restraining orders in Might, together with 11 circumstances involving individuals who threatened self-harm. 

GVROs are civil orders that prohibit the use, buy or possession of all firearms and ammunition. They will stay in impact for one to 5 years.  

“These incidents reveal that San Diego has not been spared from the rising risk of suicide by firearm,” Elliott mentioned. “GVROs enable us to step in, with courtroom approval, to de-escalate harmful conditions in order that those that are in danger can search the assistance they want.” 

To acquire a GVRO, the petitioner should present direct proof that the individual at subject demonstrated a possible risk to himself or others. Within the self-harm circumstances final month, that direct proof included: 

  • A person who despatched a textual content message to his work supervisor saying he had had sufficient and that “[i]t all ends tonight.” He requested his supervisor to “[c]heck on my spouse and youngsters.” 
  • A soldier who unsuccessfully tried to purchase a gun domestically threatened to drive to Oregon to keep away from California’s strict gun legal guidelines in order that he might buy a gun after which kill himself. 
  • A husband who threatened his spouse and punctured her automobile’s tires informed police that he was suicidal and demonstrated that sentiment by pointing a gun to his head. 
  • A person who was expelled from a church informed his spouse, “If you go to your assembly, inform these three (church leaders) that in the event that they do enable me again into the congregation, I’ll shoot them, then you definitely, after which myself.” One other incident at a unique church additionally concerned a person who threatened to commit suicide who held a Glock 17 handgun to his head. 
  • A driver, after inflicting an accident, informed police that he was taking his terminally in poor health canine to the seashore for the final time after which twice requested the officers to shoot him. He had a pistol and 300 rounds of ammunition in his automobile. 

Seven of the opposite GVROs in Might stemmed from home disputes.

San Diego is a nationwide chief in utilizing “purple flag” legal guidelines to stop predictable gun violence in conditions the place an individual with entry to weapons has proven a propensity towards violence.

Earlier than a courtroom grants a petition for a GVRO, respondents are afforded full due-process rights, together with the correct to authorized illustration in a courtroom listening to that’s open to the general public.