Paige Gildner, 415.433.2062×313, [email protected]
Yesterday the California Senate passed the “Gun Violence Restraining Order (AB 1014)” in a 23-8 vote. Under AB 1014, immediate family members and law enforcement officers could seek a court order to temporarily restrict access to guns by people who pose a significant danger to themselves or others. AB 1014 was introduced in the wake of the recent shooting in Isla Vista that claimed six lives, even after the shooter’s parents alerted law enforcement to their son’s dangerous and threatening behavior.
“Too often after mass shootings, we look back on the incidents and realize there were signs warning us of dangerous behavior. AB 1014 is an important piece of legislation because it will encourage those who recognize the warning signs to take the necessary steps to protect the ones they love from gun violence,” said Robyn Thomas, Executive Director of the Law Center.
“Under current California law, there are few legal mechanisms, outside the narrow domestic violence context, for family members to prevent a potentially violent person from having access to guns. Even when there are clear warning signs that someone could be a danger to self or others, there is very little immediate family or law enforcement can do to intervene.”
“AB 1014 would empower concerned family members and law enforcement officers to restrict access to guns by violent individuals and possibly prevent another tragedy like the Isla Vista shooting,” said Lindsey Zwicker, staff attorney at the Law Center.
Gun Violence Restraining Orders were recently featured as one of the model laws in a report from the Commonsense Gun Laws Partnership, a project of the Law Center and Americans for Responsible Solutions. This bill is a smart step towards preventing mass shootings and saving lives. The bill will now go to the State Assembly for a vote.
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Robyn Thomas – Robyn Thomas is currently serving in her eighth year as the Executive Director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. A national non-profit organization founded by attorneys, the Law Center is focused on providing comprehensive legal research and expertise in support of smart gun laws that save lives. Robyn is a lawyer with more than a decade of experience working on complex policy at the state and federal level and an expert on gun regulation and second amendment litigation nationwide.
Lindsey Zwicker – Lindsey Zwicker is a Staff Attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Lindsey has over seven years of experience working on civil rights law, health policy analysis, and social justice advocacy at both the national and international levels.
About the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (formerly known as the Legal Community Against Violence) was founded after the 1993 shooting in San Francisco that left eight dead. Today, it is the only national law center focused on providing comprehensive legal expertise in support of gun violence prevention. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the Law Center is dedicated to preventing the loss of lives caused by gun violence by providing trusted, in-depth legal expertise and information on America’s gun laws. The Law Center partners with state legislators, advocates, community groups and others to advance its mission to prevent gun violence in America.