SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Judges would be able to temporarily take firearms from people who show signs that they could harm themselves or others under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The legislation was sparked by the deadly rampage earlier this year of a 22-year-old man near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
AB1014 by Democratic Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner of Berkeley would make California the first state to let family members and law enforcement officers petition a judge for a temporary restraining order to prevent someone from possessing a firearm when they pose a threat.
Supporters say it would give families another way to intervene when they are worried about a loved one’s mental health.
The Assembly approved it on a 47-25 vote Friday, with Republican lawmakers opposed, sending it to Brown.