The Emeryville Police Department hosted a press conference yesterday in support of a bill authored by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner that would establish a process for obtaining a temporary firearm restraining order for those deemed at risk of committing violence. “AB 1014 fills an important gap in the law that prevents law enforcement from acting to prevent violence before it happens. This need has been obvious to law enforcement for years but the time to act is now. The tragedy in Santa Barbara makes that obvious.” commented Emeryville Police Chief Ken James.
East Bay leaders support gun violence restraining order bill
EMERYVILLE – East Bay elected officials and law enforcement leaders today rallied in support of a bill that would allow for the temporary removal of firearms from people who are at risk for committing acts of violence.
The legislation, authored by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and two other state legislators was introduced after an incident in Santa Barbara earlier this year in which a troubled young man went on a shooting spree, killing six and wounding 13, after his parents tried but were unable to get help for him.
Speaking at a news conference in front of the Emeryville Police Department, Skinner said Assembly Bill 1014 establishes a process for obtaining a gun violence restraining order that would temporarily limit a person’s access to firearms when there are warning signs or indications that the person is at risk for violence.
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