California Has A Gun Violence Restraining Law, But It’s Rarely Used
Advocates say that many law enforcement officers don't even know about the legislation that allows family members to alert authorities about a person they think poses a threat to themselves or someone else.
‘Best Tool’ To Prevent Gun Violence Is Rarely Used In California
When a police officer called Santa Clara County deputy district attorney Marisa McKeown in July 2016 to inquire about getting a gun violence restraining order, her initial response was: What on Earth are you talking about? I've never heard of such a thing. The state law, which had taken effect six months before, allows family members and law enforcement to seek the temporary removal of firearms from someone they believe poses a danger to themselves or others. (Koseff, 3/29)