Another related bill by Jackson, SB505, would require law enforcement agencies to develop policies that encourage officers to search the state’s database of gun purchases as part of routine welfare checks. That bill has already moved to the governor’s desk.
Motivated to act after a deadly rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, state lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow judges to temporarily take firearms from people who show signs that they could harm themselves or others.
The Senate passed AB1014 by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, on a 23-8 vote as the parents of two shooting victims watched from a viewing gallery. The bill still needs to return to the Assembly before the governor can consider the legislation.
The legislation would make California the first state to let family members and law enforcement officers ask a judge to issue temporary restraining orders preventing people from possessing a firearm when a person poses a threat. It was drafted in response to an attack on May 23 that left six people dead and 13 others wounded in the community of Isla Vista.
Supporters of AB1014 said the parents of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger lacked any tools to seek help for their son.