Category Archives: Gun violence

More people are using California’s new firearms seizure laws

By Roger Straw, January 8, 2020

I was encouraged to read a headline in the Washington Post this morning, “Colorado just used its gun seizure law for the first time — one day after it took effect.”

The Post report is specific to Colorado, but it outlines a “growing list of states with legislation allowing authorities to seize firearms from people deemed to be at risk of harming themselves or others.”

“Until the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018, four other states followed Connecticut’s lead in adopting “red flag” legislation. Since then, a dozen states and the District of Columbia have passed gun seizure laws in an effort to prevent rising gun violence and suicides by firearm.”

Connecticut was the first state to enact a red flag law.  It did so in 1999 following a rampage shooting at the Connecticut Lottery.

California adopted its red-flag law in 2014, the first state to pass a red flag law allowing immediate family members to petition courts to take weapons from persons deemed a threat.  The law also permits police and roommates to request confiscation.

In February 2019, the Chronicle’s Alexei Koseff reported that California gun confiscations had increased sharply under the restraining-order law.  “Courts approved petitions to confiscate weapons from 424 people in 2018, according to the Justice Department. That was up dramatically from 2017, when 104 such orders were issued, and 2016, the year the law took effect, when there were 86.  In the nine Bay Area counties, gun violence restraining orders jumped significantly, to 53 [in 2018], from 14 in 2017.”

Most recently in October 2019, California strengthened its firearm seizure laws, expanding the right to request confiscation to co-workers and employers.  The new law,  AB1493, also creates “a way for someone subject to an order to voluntarily relinquish their gun ownership.”  [SF Chronicle, More Californians can seek gun removals after Newsom signs new firearm laws]

If you know of someone who is a firearm danger to self or others, call 911 or contact your local police.  AND… for more information and instructions see online at California Courts, Ask For a Gun Violence Restraining Order (  [I am surprised that the California Courts page has seemingly not caught up with the 2019 law expanding the right to petition to co-workers and employers.]

Let’s hope the strengthened law has the intended outcome of decreasing suicides and homicides here in California.

More Californians can seek gun removals after Newsom signs new firearm laws

[excerpt…]  Newsom signed 11 other gun control measures, including:

• AB164 by Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes, D-Riverside, which authorizes California law enforcement officers to remove weapons from people who are not allowed to own guns because of a restraining order in another state.

• AB879 by Assemblyman Mike Gipson, D-Carson (Los Angeles County), which requires that parts that could be used to build a gun at home be sold through a licensed manufacturer after a background check, starting in July 2024.

• SB61 by Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Cañada Flintridge (Los Angeles County), which limits gun buyers to one semiautomatic center-fire rifle per month and forbids Californians under age 21 from purchasing them.

• SB376 by Portantino, which requires that guns won at charity auctions or raffles be transferred through a licensed dealer and that the recipients undergo a waiting period.

• AB645 by Irwin, which adds a suicide prevention hot line number to the warning label on gun packaging and requires the written test for a handgun safety certificate to cover suicide.

• AB1297 by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, which eliminates the $100 limit for concealed-carry license fees and requires counties to charge what it costs to pay for administering the program.

• AB 521 by Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, which directs the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center to develop education and training programs for medical and mental health providers on preventing gun injuries.


    Gun Safety – Report on progress in the U.S. House

    Email from Sarah Trumble, Director of Federal Legislative Campaigns, Everytown for Gun Safety, September 11, 2019

    Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee advanced three pieces of lifesaving gun violence prevention legislation:

      • The Disarm Hate Act, which would prohibit people convicted of threatening or violent hate crimes from buying or possessing guns.
      • New prohibitions on high-capacity magazines, like the ones used by the shooter in Dayton.
      • A strong Red Flag law, which strengthens and expands the tools family members or law enforcement can use to intervene and temporarily suspend someone’s access to guns if a judge finds there is evidence that person poses a serious threat to themselves or others.

    Yesterday’s Committee vote follows the critical steps the House already took to prevent gun violence in this country earlier this year. It passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, addressed the Charleston Loophole, took action to close the deadly “boyfriend loophole,” and allocated funding for gun violence research. The contrast between the House’s lifesaving action and the Senate’s inaction could not be more clear.

    As the House continues to move important gun safety legislation forward, the Senate STILL has not taken a single action to prevent gun violence in America. We need to keep up the pressure and urge the Senate to pass stronger gun laws, starting with background checks on all gun sales and a strong Red Flag law. Send a message to your U.S. Senators and demand action to address gun violence in our country.

    Thanks for all you do,

    Sarah Trumble
    Director of Federal Legislative Campaigns
    Everytown for Gun Safety


      51 Mass shootings since Dayton OH – in just 29 days!

      By Roger Straw, September 2, 2019

      Gun Crisis in America: 51 Shootings, 54 dead, 202 wounded in 29 days

      Numbers don’t tell the tragic human stories of loss and pain, grief and healing — but they sure do tell the story of our national crisis.  Legislators – DO SOMETHING!

      Here’s the shockingly long list of mass shootings since August 4 when a 24-year-old white man dressed in body armor shot and killed 9 and wounded 27 others in Dayton, Ohio.  (Mass Shootings Tracker lists all shootings where 4 or more people are SHOT (not just those where 4 or more are killed).  We don’t even hear about most of these stories…

      date killed wounded city state
      9/2/2019 2 2 Greensboro NC
      9/1/2019 0 4 Rocky Mount NC
      9/1/2019 0 4 Hartford CT
      9/1/2019 0 4 Toledo OH
      8/31/2019 0 7 Valley AL
      8/31/2019 0 4 Baltimore MD
      8/31/2019 1 4 Chicago (West Englewood) IL
      8/31/2019 6 21 Odessa TX
      8/31/2019 2 2 Philadelphia PA
      8/31/2019 0 4 Moncks Corner SC
      8/31/2019 0 4 Frederick MD
      8/31/2019 1 3 Charlotte NC
      8/30/2019 0 10 Mobile AL
      8/30/2019 1 3 Baltimore MD
      8/29/2019 1 3 Baltimore MD
      8/26/2019 4 0 Pembroke Pines FL
      8/25/2019 3 4 Hobbs NM
      8/25/2019 1 3 Chicago (Chatham) IL
      8/24/2019 1 3 Lynn MA
      8/24/2019 0 7 Temple Hills MD
      8/23/2019 0 4 Dublin GA
      8/23/2019 1 3 St. Louis MO
      8/23/2019 3 2 Houston TX
      8/22/2019 0 4 Los Angeles CA
      8/22/2019 2 2 Columbia SC
      8/20/2019 0 4 Atlanta GA
      8/18/2019 0 4 Kansas City MO
      8/17/2019 0 4 Kansas City MO
      8/17/2019 2 2 Newport News VA
      8/17/2019 0 6 Houston TX
      8/15/2019 2 3 Montgomery AL
      8/15/2019 0 5 Philadelphia PA
      8/14/2019 1 5 New Manchester WV
      8/14/2019 0 6 Philadelphia PA
      8/13/2019 2 3 Tacoma WA
      8/13/2019 0 4 Greenwood MS
      8/12/2019 3 1 Hickory NC
      8/12/2019 2 2 Riverside CA
      8/11/2019 0 6 Chicago (Garfield Park) IL
      8/10/2019 0 4 Richmond VA
      8/10/2019 0 4 San Francisco CA
      8/9/2019 0 4 Houston TX
      8/9/2019 0 4 Chicago (Marquette Park) IL
      8/8/2019 2 3 Irvington NJ
      8/7/2019 2 2 St. Louis MO
      8/6/2019 4 0 Stone Mountain GA
      8/6/2019 0 4 Detroit MI
      8/6/2019 1 3 Suitland MD
      8/5/2019 4 0 San Antonio TX
      8/5/2019 0 4 Brooklyn NY
      8/4/2019 0 4 Grenada Co. MS
      TOTAL 54 202

        Death Toll In TX Shooting Rampage Now At 7

        By Bobby Allyn, NPR News, September 1, 201911:37 AM ET
        Updated 9/1/19, at 12:04 p.m. ET

        The death toll from a mass shooting in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa has risen from five to seven, according to Odessa Mayor David Turner.

        The mayor said that at least 18 remain injured — including a 17-month-old girl — following the shooting rampage that began after Texas state troopers attempted to pull over a vehicle Saturday afternoon on a Texas interstate for failing to signal a left turn.

        The toddler, Turner said, is still in the hospital recovering from injuries that are “not as bad as they thought,” saying, “we are very grateful the injuries weren’t worse.”

        As the community searches for answers about what motivated the gunman, the focus needs to be on the families of victims, the mayor said in an interview with NPR.

        “We covet everyone’s prayers for those who were injured and for those loved ones who were lost and for the community as a whole,” Turner said.

        Authorities in Texas are scheduled to hold a briefing on the shooting at noon local time to provide additional details about the incident.

        Police say the gunman, described as a man in his mid-30s, fled police and then stole a postal truck and began firing indiscriminately at people along the highway and streets around Midland and Odessa.

        Three law enforcement officers were wounded in the attack, and Turner said all three are in “stable”condition and still hospitalized.

        “Our law enforcement are in as good condition as can be expected. Physical injuries are there, but there are also emotional injuries. And so, we’ll have to watch them close,” Turner said.

        Police shot and killed the shooter outside of a movie theater in the Odessa area. The gunman’s motive has not been revealed.

        The communities jolted by the massacre are in need of support right now, according to the Odessa mayor.

        “In West Texas, we’re known for being strong and independent,” Turner said. “It’s time for us to come together and love on those who need are love that have lost friends and family.”