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California Broadens Gun-Seizure Rules

October 14, 2019

 

 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law that will make California the first to allow employers, co-workers, and teachers to petition the court for an Extreme Risk Protection Order, ERPO, against other people who can potentially pose a threat to themselves and/or others. 

 

This bill goes beyond the prior bill signed allowing law enforcement officers and immediate family members to ask judges for an ERPO to temporarily take all firearms from a potentially violent person. 
 
Newsom also signed a companion bill allowing the ERPO to last one and five years. The gun owners can petition to end those restrictions earlier.

 

As expected, the bill was opposed by gun 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 challenge the requests. Those allowed to request an ERPO, under the new law, may "lack the relationship or skills required to make an appropriate assessment."

 

(Read our prior blog on the California expansion ofERPOs: May 2019)

 

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