Editorial: It’s time for California to expand scope of ‘red flag’ law

In 2014, before six people were killed by a 22-year-old in Isla Vista, near UC Santa Barbara, his mother had feared for her son and even initiated a welfare check with sheriff’s deputies. As his disturbing history emerged after the attack, then-Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, introduced Assembly Bill 1014 so law enforcement officers and immediate family members could ask judges to order the removal of guns owned by individuals who appear to be a threat to themselves or others. Since California became the first state with such a law, 16 others and Washington, D.C., have passed similar measures.

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Remakes and fresh takes: On these 2019 bills, it’s now Newsom’s call

Phil Ting’s AB 61 would give coworkers, teachers and school staff the right to ask a judge to order the firearms removed from someone if they are believed to be a threat to themselves or others. The removal period can last up to 21 days before the subject of the order is given an opportunity to appeal the decision. Currently, only immediate family members and law enforcement officers have that power.

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Senator Portantino’s Gun Control Legislative Package Passes California State Senate

This week, SB 61, SB 172, and SB 376 all authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge) passed the California State Senate. The three bills further establish Portantino’s leadership as one of California’s strongest sensible gun control advocates. His efforts over the past decade have significantly improved California’s gun control efforts and have enhance public safety in neighborhoods and main streets across our state.

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On the five-year anniversary of the tragic Isla Vista shooting, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)’s Senate Bill 55, which would restrict gun ownership among Californians with repeated convictions of certain alcohol offenses, passed off the Senate floor today on a 26 to 10 vote. The bill now heads to the Assembly. Senate Bill 55is based on research by the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP), which found an increased risk of future gun violence among firearm owners with certain alcohol-related convictions.

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Should guns be seized from those who pose threats? More states saying yes to red flag laws

If someone is suicidal or an imminent threat to others, should a local judge be able to temporarily take away that person's guns?

Colorado is the 16th state to say "yes," while another 21 have taken at least some steps toward adopting a so-called red flag law.

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Commentary: Why gun show should be banned at Del Mar Fairgrounds

According to data from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check, over 900,000 firearms were sold in California in 2017. While the overwhelming majority of these firearms involved no illegality, there is growing evidence that America’s gun violence epidemic is driven by the sheer volume and availability of guns. Given this fact, the question before us is whether the state of California should provide another venue for more gun purchases.

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California: Gun Violence Restraining Order expansion advances out of committee

🚨✔ AB 12, a key piece of graded legislation, passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee with unanimous bipartisan support, 6-0 (two members did not vote). This bill allows for Gun Violence Restraining Orders to be issued for up to five years, extending the time frame from current law, which only allows for one year. LEAP Forward scored this vote with additional weight given the NRA’s targeting of this bill for defeat.

The bill will now be voted on by the full California Assembly, which has compiled an excellent record on gun legislation this session, with 60 members currently holding positive scores based on action on graded bills to only 18 with negative scores.

California Legislative Update: 3/28

Scored Votes

Assembly Public Safety Committee

The committee passed the following graded legislation, all of which have now been referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for further action:

✔ AB 340 (passed with a 5-0 vote with three abstentions). This legislation authorizes counties (through a grant from the Department of Justice) to create a Disarming Prohibited Persons task force to find and prosecute individuals possessing firearms who are prohibited from doing so.

AB 645 (passed 8-0). This bill requires anti-suicide language to be printed on packaging accompanying the sale of a firearm and requires the test for a handgun safety certificate to also include the topic of suicide. It, too, has been referred to the Appropriations Committee for further action.

🚨✔ AB 688 (passed 5-2). LEAP Forward is weighting action on AB 688 as a key piece of legislation. It would make leaving an unsecured firearm in an unattended vehicle punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and require firearms to be secured:

  • By locking the firearm in the vehicle’s trunk and securing the firearm to the vehicle’s frame using a steel cable lock or chain and padlock

  • By locking the firearm in a locked container that is fixed to the frame of the vehicle by a steel cable lock or chain and padlock in the trunk or elsewhere in the vehicles interior that is not in plain view

  • By locking the firearm in a locked container that is permanently affixed to the trunk or elsewhere in the vehicle that is not in plain view; and

  • By locking the firearm in a locked tool box or utility box.