UPDATE: The bill has been slightly amended. The amendments make the bill ever so slightly not as bad as it was, but it’s still a terrible, unconstitutional bill that could result in the loss of gun rights for California citizens without due process. CAL-FFL has released a video (below) explaining the amendments.
AB 1014, known as the gun violence restraining order bill, is quickly moving through the state legislature. The bill would allow authorities to confiscate guns from individuals who have this new type of restraining order taken out against them using no more than the word of a 3rd party.
According to KFBK,
In response to the recent streak of gun violence, the Senate Public Safety Committee has passed a bill that would temporarily take guns out of the hands of at-risk people.
Assemblymember Democrats Nancy Skinner, Das Williams and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson say AB 1014 would give law enforcement the ability to obtain a Gun Violence Restraining Order to temporarily limit a person’s access to firearms when there are warning signs of violence.
The Los Angeles Times gives more details in an older report,
The measure, by Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) and Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), as well as state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), would create a “gun violence restraining order,” using the same process that restraining orders are granted in cases of domestic violence.
Family members, partners and friends would have the ability to alert law enforcement if they believe someone poses a threat to themselves or others. Law enforcement officers would then be able to petition a judge to grant a restraining order that could prohibit possession or purchase of a gun.
Gun rights advocates are speaking out against the bill’s lack of due process and obvious potential for abuse,
“AB 1014 is a gun control nightmare,” said Brandon Combs, president of CAL-FFL. “California Democrats are taking their radical anti-gun agenda to an entirely new and horrifying level.” Combs, who debated the bill with Assemblymember Williams and UCLA Law Professor Adam Winkler on the Los Angeles-based radio talk show “Which Way, LA?”, said that the bill “guts due process” and the presumption of innocence.
“The subject of a restraining order and confiscation warrant may not even know they have been accused until there’s a SWAT team at their door.”
It’s not hard to see how this bill could easily be abused by anti-gun family members, friends, or even government agencies.
Dan Cannon, Founder & Editor at GunsSaveLives.net
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