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Governor Newsom Announces Renewed Efforts to Promote Gun Violence Restraining Orders

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The following is a press release from the Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom:


Mendocino County Sheriff Office’s photograph of the firearms confiscated at a raid in Round Valley [Photo provided by Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall]

On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced a new campaign to make California schools and communities safer through a community-based outreach campaign to promote Gun Violence Restraining Orders also known as “red flag” laws.

“Gun violence is an epidemic – too many Americans are forced to live in fear because of inaction,” said Governor Newsom. “In California, we are taking action with common sense gun safety measures that get guns out of our communities and keep people safe.”

Red flag laws allow for the temporary removal of guns and ammunition from individuals who are at risk of harming themselves or others. They empower loved ones, or law enforcement, to intervene and temporarily prevent someone in crisis from accessing firearms.

California issued 3,007 Gun Violence Restraining Orders from 2016 to 2020. In 2020, the state issued 1,284 restraining orders, 15-times greater than the 85 issued in 2016.

This new $11 million,18-month campaign, administered through the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, will focus on outreach and education about California’s red flag laws to communities most at risk for gun violence.

The campaign includes:

  • $5 million in grants to local community-based domestic violence groups for community outreach.
  • $5 million for statewide outreach to communities most at risk of gun violence including education efforts, research and multilingual outreach.
  • $1 million for education and training for district attorneys and law enforcement groups.

The Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis Health last year released a study highlighting support for Gun Violence Restraining Orders and the need to raise public awareness around the issue.

Red flag laws are proven to be effective in reducing violence and death by guns. These laws can help de-escalate emergency situations. California is one of several states around the country that is increasingly emphasizing red flag laws as a common-sense way to help reduce gun violence.

“California has nation-leading gun safety laws,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “Education and outreach about how to utilize red flag laws are critical to their success. This campaign will focus on educating families and law enforcement on the tools they have at their disposal to prevent gun violence.”

Enacted in 2014 following the Isla Vista Shooting, California’s red flag law authorizes law enforcement officers and others to file petitions for a civil court order called a Gun Violence Restraining Order to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms when they are found to pose a significant risk to themselves or others by having legal access to firearms or ammunition.

Governor Newsom yesterday released a fact sheet detailing California’s nation-leading record on gun safety. The Governor also thanked President Joe Biden for his leadership on gun safety and joined him in calling on Congress to pass gun safety legislation.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Wounded Knee massacre was sparked by red flag weapon removal from the Sioux. Drunken soldiers with three Hodkiss guns that were prohibited by US law from use on foot soldiers.
    The only reason the 2nd amendment was written was to keep the government from being better armed than the public. Red Flag laws never work! That is pure fiction.

  2. Blame the gun not progressive society social engineering
    Blame the gun the killer was misunderstood – society failed him
    Blame the gun, bans are better for mass enforcement of Government Health policy like in China
    Blame the gun, not lawyers and ACLU that sued the Mental Institutions closed in every state
    Blame the gun, not revolving door justice and no bail needed releases
    Blame the gun not violent video games molding our youth and parents that allow them
    Blame the gun not the defund the police progressive crowd

    The first thing we need to take away is gun ownership. Adolph Hitler
    The Constitution is not an absolute right Joe Biden

    I lived on a farm as a youth. Kids would drive to school with shotguns and rifles displayed on racks of their pickups. The principal would come out and say, “That’s a nice gun let me see it. They would admire the gun together. Less than a hundred years ago, back when we had Civics and even Manners taught.

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