California legislation lowdown in the wake of the Florida shooting
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Local Santa Barbara Representative Salud Carbajal is reintroducing a gun control bill that he originally proposed last May in light of the recent shooting in Florida. House Bill 2598, the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) Act , aims to address those who fall through the cracks of current disability restraints for buying firearms, and it would do this by allowing a family member or police to file the court system for a temporary restraint on an individual who seems to be a risk to himself or others. Suspension of up to year would then take place upon the court granting the “gun violence prevention warrant.”
The shooting shook the community of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida two weeks ago on Valentine’s Day. Nickolas Cruz, a 19 year old who has a history of mental health issues, killed 17 people with a semi-automatic assault rifle. According to CBSNews, Cruz refused to be provided with more mental health services when he turned 18.
“All they needed was a tool like the one already being used here in California,” said Carbajal, referring to the CA bill that inspired and is nearly identical to the GVRO Act. This bill, which was signed into law by Governor Brown last May, was introduced by former Assemblyman of Santa Barbara, Das Williams, after the UCSB shooting in 2014. In this situation, the Sacramento Bee reports, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six people with a knife and gun near UC Santa Barbara before taking his own life.
Carbajal’s federal bill also comes in the context of California lawmakers proposing 10 new gun control bills.
According to SFGate, one bill proposed by Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco would expand the current California law to include not only police and family members but also employers, co-workers, high school and college staff, and mental health workers to the list of those who could request gun violence restraining orders. “It just tells people in a workplace environment, if they see something, if they feel something, they can do something about it,” Ting said to the Sacramento Bee. “They don’t have to be helpless.”
Another proposal by Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Oakland would enable people to add themselves to a “do not sell” list for firearms if they see that they could be a potential threat to themselves or others.
Assemblyman Mike Gipson of Carson has presented bill outlining a background check requirement for those buying a part used in an at-home assault weapon assembly process. These are just a few of the bills the state legislature will work through in the coming months.