On May 23, 2014, a mentally ill man killed six students and wounded 13 in Isla Vista, UC Santa Barbara. The shooter had exhibited signs of violence, yet no legal mechanism was available to his parents or law enforcement to take preventative action. In response, the California legislature passed the Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO), a law which does something meaningful about mental health. The GVRO allows family members or law enforcement to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat. Since January 2016, when the law went into effect Santa Barbara County leads the state in issuing GVROs. These orders remove guns and ammunition for 21-days and then up to one year, giving an at-risk person the opportunity to stabilize and seek help while preventing them from harming themselves or others with a gun.
On the 3rd Anniversary of the Isla Vista tragedy, May 23, 2017, Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24) introduced The Gun Violence Restraining Order Act at the national level, on the House Floor. Last week, Congressman Carbajal and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) urged President Trump for his support to pass their bipartisan Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) Act, H.R. 2598 and Feinstein’s companion legislation S. 1212 in the Senate. Continue reading “California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO): A Model For National Legislation!”