Democrats expanded California’s Red Flag Law again by lengthening the confiscatory period and broadening the number of people who can push for confiscation to begin with, AWRHawkins at Breitbart reports.
California’s Red Flag statute is referred to as a Gun Violence Restraining Order. The orders were adopted in 2016, after being pushed as a means of temporarily taking guns away from dangerous people. The confiscatory period was one year when the orders first became law, but the Associated Press reports that Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill Friday that allows the confiscatory period to expand to five years.
The new laws are were among 15 gun-related laws that Newsom approved as the state strengthens what the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence calls the nation’s toughest restrictions.
“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, No state does it as well or comprehensively as the state of California, and we still have a long way to go.”
The California law will require co-workers requesting the orders to have “substantial and regular interactions” with gun owners to seek the orders and co-workers and school employees must get approval from their employers or school administrators before seeking them. People seeking the orders will have to file sworn statements specifying their reasons for doing so.
The measure was opposed by gun owners’ rights groups and the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU said the bill “poses a significant threat to civil liberties” because orders can be sought before gun owners have an opportunity to contest the requests.
Those allowed to request orders under the new law may “lack the relationship or skills required to make an appropriate assessment,” the ACLU said.
Aside from extending the restraining orders to a maximum of five years, her bill 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.
Other new California gun laws approved by Newsom include:
— Limiting the sales of semi-automatic centerfire rifles to one every 30 days and prohibiting their sales to anyone under 21.
— Capping sales of guns by unlicensed dealers to 50 each year.
— Requiring that firearm parts used to assemble untraceable “ghost guns” must be sold only by licensed vendors after background checks.
— Codifying a $15 million program that gives grants to nonprofit groups deemed at risk of attack, like the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego County where a man killed one woman and wounded three others in April. AP
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