California Passes Temporary Gun Confiscation Law

Every gun owner hates the idea of a gun confiscation law. Not too long ago, we reported about Gabby Giffords’ “rational middle ground” ideas aimed at preventing “gun violence.” One of those ideas was to allow courts to issue Gun Violence Restraining Orders. These result in temporary gun confiscation.

It looks like California Governor Jerry Brown took that idea to heart, as he just signed a law like it into effect. The law was spawned right after that kid killed six people on the UCSB campus. Breitbart reported:

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 1014, the legislation allowing “temporary” confiscation of firearms via “Gun Violence Restraining Orders” from persons “determined by the courts to be a threat to themselves or others.”

Breitbart News previously reported that the legislation containing “Gun Violence Restraining Orders” was put forth by State Assembly members Nancy Skinner and Das Williams, both Democrats, following Elliot Rodger’s May 23rd Santa Barbara attack.

The new law allows families to petition a court for the seizure of guns from a family member, and then empowers police to confiscate firearms from that family member. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, state senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) praised Brown for signing the measure: “As a result of the action that [Gov. Brown] has taken today, we are able to say that the rampage in Isla Vista produced not just terrible tragedy but also positive changes for our state and community.”

Breitbart News previously reported that even if AB 1014 had been law in May 2014—and even if it were a sound law—Rodger would have likely still killed at least three people because he killed three of his six victims with a knife, not a gun.

Understand what this law will allow people to do. It will allow disgruntled family members to petition the court to take guns away from another family member if they say they believe that family member is a threat to himself or others. It’s not hard to imagine a liberal California family with a conservative convert in their midst who seems “mentally ill” to them, and who also happens to be a gun-owner. The law of course can be used as it’s intended by well-meaning people, but rest assured, it will be misused by people with an ax to grind against conservative gun-owners.