UPDATED 2:45 PM PST – Sun. October 13, 2019
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed 15 new gun related bills into law on Friday, which some reports claim is the broadest gun regulation effort in the nation to date.
Newsom’s bundle of new laws includes a controversial ‘red flag’ law, which will allow coworkers, employers and educators to file gun violence restraining orders on gun owners who are believed to be a danger to society. Under this law, search warrants can be immediately served. Gun owners will have the option to petition such restraining orders, which can last up to five years.
“California has outperformed the rest of the nation — because of our gun safety laws — in reducing the gun murder rate,” emphasized the governor.
Another bill will prohibit gun owners from purchasing more than one semiautomatic rifle a month. It will also raise the legal age limit for purchasing a gun to 21.
These bills have received intense pushback from the National Rifle Association and the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU has said these bills pose a “significant” threat to civil liberties. They have also said that those filing a restraining order may “lack the relationship or skills required to make an appropriate assessment.” more