California New Law Allows Police to Confiscate Guns; Legally-Owned Weapons Can Be Legally Seized Even Without Notice
Dec 30, 2015 05:09 AM EST
The new law to take effect on January 1 states that police could confiscate firearms from gun owners thought to be harmful to themselves or other citizens without giving the owner any warning. The law was passed as an answer to the rampant shooting incidents happening.
According to Washington Times, the bill will provide family members to restrain their loved ones from possessing a firearm if proven to be dangerous. They can have an emergency 'gun violence restraining order' if they can convince a judge that the person "poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself or another by having in his or her custody or control." The bill was created during the Elliot Rodger May 2014 shooting rampage.
The mass killing would have been prevented if the deputies believed the parents of the shooter. 89.3 KPCC stated that before the 2014 mass shooting the parents of Rodger had worry about his psychological health and online rages against women. The sheriff's deputies visited the shooter, Elliot Rodger but did not search his house because they thought there was no basis over it. The mass shooting happened in Isla Vista, near the University of California, Santa Barbara, in which six people were killed and 14 injured.
Daily Caller reported that California has already the toughest laws against gun violence and this law will add more protection for the public. There is already a law that lets police confiscate a person's gun if a licensed therapist informs them of the dangers a mental health person can do. Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Michael Moore said it will let the person be more examined under the new law.
Pro-gun organizations such as the National Rifle Association (NRA) did not like the news. They were against the law since it was first proposed. They are ready to take it to the court whatever they feel is unjust.