Julie Henson, 415.433.2062×304, [email protected]
SAN FRANCISCO—On Friday, the nation mourned yet another mass shooting that ripped apart a quiet American town. As the information unfolds, we are confronted with evidence of another young man in the midst of a mental health crisis and few legal mechanisms to keep him from accessing dangerous and deadly weapons.
In almost every mass shooting, people associated with the shooter noted clear warning signs of a mental health crisis beforehand. However, these community members were unable to prevent the shooting because of gaps in their states’ gun laws.
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s legal staff has spent the last 20 years researching and analyzing the most effective legal solutions to gun violence. Today, the Law Center has released an analysis of California’s gun law as it relates to the Isla Vista shooting. For more, here is a summary of the Law Center’s research that addresses some of the issues at stake in the Isla Vista Shooting:
- Mental Health Crises and Gun Access – People who witness another person’s suicidal or violent behavior are often hamstrung by the lack of a legal mechanism to prevent the person from accessing guns, even temporarily. It doesn’t have to be this way. States have begun to enact laws that empower community members to speak out about dangerous situations and provide an opportunity for meaningful evaluation before a person is given access to guns. Read the Law Center’s research on mental health and our nation’s gun laws.
- California’s Gun Laws – California has spent the last 20 years building some of the strongest gun laws in the nation, and has seen a steep 56% decline in gun death rates. The reality is that there is still work to be done to protect citizens from all types of gun violence in the state. In response to the Isla Vista Shooting in California, the legislature is introducing a new bill that would establish a gun violence restraining order to keep guns out of the hands of someone in a mental health crisis. Read the Law Center’s analysis of California’s gun laws and the legislation currently moving through the state capitol.
About the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence is the only national law center focused on providing comprehensive legal expertise in support of gun violence prevention. Founded by attorneys after an assault weapon massacre at a San Francisco law firm in 1993, we remain dedicated to preventing the loss of lives caused by gun violence by providing trusted, in-depth research and information on the Second Amendment and America’s gun laws.