Beginning on January 1st, a new law will take affect that will allow police in California to confiscate guns for upwards of 21 days if a mental threat is reported.
The law is inspired by psychopathic killer Elliot Rodger who went on a rampage on the campus of the University of California Santa Barbara after posting a lengthy manifesto on YouTube the day before.
However, this law appears ripe for abuse as the firearm seizure can come without warning or due process.
Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Michael Moore told local NPR:
“The law gives us a vehicle to cause the person to surrender their weapons, to have a time out, if you will -It allows further examination of the person’s mental state.”
From the Washington Times:
Gun control legislation going into effect in California next week will allow authorities to seize a person’s weapons for 21 days if a judge determines there is potential for violence.
Proposed in the wake of a deadly May 2014 shooting rampage by Elliot Rodger, the bill provides family members with a means of having an emergency “gun violence restraining order” imposed against a loved one if they can convince a judge that this person’s possession of a firearm “poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself or another by having in his or her custody or control.”
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