Days after the Isla Vista attacks that claimed seven lives, including the perpetrator’s own, state officials in California are promoting legislation that would allow “law enforcement officials and private individuals to seek a restraining order from a judge that would keep people with a potential propensity for violence from buying or owning a gun. The process would be similar to the one currently used for restraining orders in cases of domestic violence.”
Gun violence restraining orders would allow people to alert courts or law enforcement if they are concerned that a family member or friend is at risk for violence.
Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, a gun violence prevention group, said, “Generally we see this discussed and enacted in response to violence that could have been prevented. We need to prevent access for individuals who are at an elevated risk, regardless of whether the cause is mental illness or drug abuse or something else.”