California recently became the first state to enable a concerned family member and/or law enforcement officer to temporarily remove guns from individuals who are at risk of endangering themselves or others.

“GVROs expand the categories for gun-ownership restriction and can be lifesaving. The idea of a GVRO is based on research showing that there are times when individuals are at a heightened risk of violence,” writes Renée Binder, M.D.

“For example, this may be when a person has untreated mental illness and is paranoid. It may be when a person is depressed and thinking about suicide. It may be when a person makes threats to hurt others or stalks another person. At these times, it is important to remove access to guns. GVROs are a mechanism to do so.”

Read more at Psychiatric News.