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Gun Control Bill Passes State Senate

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The Legislature is close to sending a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow authorities to confiscate guns from at-risk individuals. Photo by Francois Polito
The Legislature is close to sending a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow authorities to confiscate guns from at-risk individuals. Photo by Francois Polito
 By Lori AbbottContact
August 28, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO - The Legislature is close to sending a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow authorities to confiscate guns from at-risk individuals. The bill, AB 1014, is in response to a shooting spree last May near Santa Barbara that left six students dead.

Richard Martinez lost his son in the May shooting. "You can't bring my son Christopher back, but you can help honor his memory by helping prevent future tragedies like Isla Vista," says Martinez.

Bob Weiss lost his daughter Veronika in the Isla Vista shooting.

"She was killed in an act of senseless gun violence," Weiss says. "Now I'll never get to watch her graduate, dance with her at her wedding, I'll never celebrate another Father's Day with her, but what I can do is speak out so other families do not suffer what my family's been through."

The parents of the shooter, Elliot Rodger, asked authorities to check in on their son after reading violent rants he posted on the Internet. AB 1014 would allow family members and law enforcement to carry out restraining orders restricting at-risk individuals from possessing guns for a 21-day period. Gun-rights advocates say it infringes on their right to bear arms.

Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner says her legislation makes common sense and does not violate the rights of gun owners.

"Once this restraining order is completed and the person has demonstrated they're not at risk to be violent to themselves or others, they would then be able to possess guns again," Skinner says.

The measure was passed by the Senate on Wednesday and now heads back to the Assembly for final approval.

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