California adopts nation's broadest gun seizure laws


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California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 15 gun-related bills into law Friday, tightening the state's already-stringent Second Amendment restrictions.
One of the bills, which expands a so-called "red flag" law to allow co-workers, employers and educators to seek gun violence restraining orders against firearms owners they fear are a danger to themselves and others, was vetoed twice by Newsom's predecessor, Jerry Brown.

Newsom also signed a companion bill allowing the gun violence restraining orders to last one and five years, although the gun owners could petition to end those restrictions earlier. The bill also allows judges to issue search warrants at the same time as they grant the orders. The warrants can be used immediately if the gun owners are served with the relinquishment orders but fail to turn over the firearms or ammunition.

"California has outperformed the rest of the nation, because of our gun safety laws, in reducing the gun murder rate substantially compared to the national reduction," Newsom said as he signed the measures surrounded by state lawmakers. "No state does it as well or comprehensively as the state of California, and we still have a long way to go."
Between 1993 and 2017, the latest available, there was a 62 percent decline in the gun murder rate in California, nearly double the 34 percent nationally, Newsom said.
Co-workers who want to request a gun violence restraining order will have to have "substantial and regular interactions" with gun owners, and co-workers and school employees will need to get approval from their employers or school administrators before seeking a restraining order.
Those seeking the orders will be required to file sworn statements detailing their reasons for doing so.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) opposed the bill, saying it "poses a significant threat to civil liberties" because a restraining order can be sought before a gun owner has an opportunity to dispute the request.
Additionally, those making a request under the new law may "lack the relationship or skills required to make an appropriate assessment," the ACLU said.
The bill's author, Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco, cited a recent study finding that gun restraining order laws may have helped prevent 21 mass shootings, though the University of California, Davis, researchers cautioned that "it is impossible to know whether violence would have occurred."
The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its state affiliate, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, opposed the new restrictions, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The laws will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

The Democratic governor also signed a law that will limit Californians to purchasing one long rifle per month, according to The Sacramento Bee.
This law expands the current legislation that applies to handguns, and it will prevent people under 21 from purchasing semi-automatic rifles and other similar firearms.

The collective measures "tweak" the state's current laws and "improve implementation," according to Amanda Wilcox, spokeswoman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Ting also has a companion bill that would allow gun owners starting next September who are the subjects of restraining order requests to file a form with the court saying they won't contest the requests and are surrendering their firearms. Under current law, even those who agree to give up their guns must go through a court hearing, which Ting says wastes time and resources.


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All those rapture and apocalyptic movies we've seen in previous years do not compare to the severity of lawlessness that we see today. If one does not hold firmly to the promises of the Scriptures, it is easy to get swept away by anxiety and uncertainties. But we have the Word of God to stand on, and that keeps us hoping and believing that evil will end soon.


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We know that they're going to chip away at our gun right's step by step. They will also do it that way on our other rights as well. Won't be too long before we are a banana republic.
Probably won’t be long until the homeless criminal types will start robbing houses since the home owners won’t be able to defend themselves. I guess they can fend off a robbery with a rolled up newspaper! :idunno

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Crazy state government. Add this to one of many reasons a massive state wide recall effort is underway to recall the Governor. Recall efforts were last successful in CA back in 2003 when Dem Gov Gray Davis was recalled and Arnold became the new Gov.

Rocky Rivera

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Probably won’t be long until the homeless criminal types will start robbing houses since the home owners won’t be able to defend themselves. I guess they can fend off a robbery with a rolled up newspaper! :idunno
If prisoners in jail can improvise weapons using dental floss or staples, then so can we. We can use a battery-operated nail gun. The laws only cover "firearms", but we can purchase crossbows, practice archery, etc. Crossbows, and bows and arrows have their own built-in "suppressor", too. I'm thinking of purchasing one myself. Under current law, we don't need to register those. Also, they don't stick, jam, or stovepipe. The nail gun is for short range and they have no sight, but it's better than nothing.

Sure there will come a day when Americans will defend their 2nd Amendment rights, but when you consider that the next subsequent generations will be given a liberal education from cradle to grave, they won't know their proper history, they'll be dumbed-down with common core, they'll prefer socialism over capitalism, they'll be bedeviled into atheism. Once this generation is gone, the next will not only refuse to buy firearms, they'll even sell their parents' and grandparents' weapons. The Big Event just can't come soon enough.


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What has been interesting to me concerning guns is that I have not heard of any politician who has any idea how to stop illegal weapons that can be purchased on the street. Neither does the media speak on this subject.