SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a gun violence bill that would have expanded the list of people who could request that guns be taken away from a dangerous individual.

The bill, AB 2888, was originally proposed in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The idea is to stop someone with a gun before they take a life and prevent another parent from losing a child.

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In his veto message, Governor Brown wrote:

“This bill would authorize an employer, coworker, employee of a secondary or postsecondary school that the person has attended in the last six months, to file a petition for a gun violence restraining order against an individual. All of the persons named in this bill can seek a gun violence restraining order today under existing law by simply working through law enforcement or the immediate family of the concerning individual. I think law enforcement professionals and those closest to a family member are best situated to make these especially consequential decisions.”

Current law allows family members, roommates, and law enforcement to request a Gun Violence Restraining Order. If granted by the court, that person will have their guns temporarily taken away.

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“These are for folks who are considered dangerous, may have mental health issues,” said the bill’s author, Assemblymember Phil Ting said (D-San Francisco). “Really should not be owning or possessing firearms.”

Ting’s bill would have expanded existing law to include school personnel, employers, and co-workers.

“We talk about all the time taking guns out of the hands of the wrong people,” said Assemblyman Ting. “That certain people shouldn’t have guns. This is exactly what that does.”

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AB 2888 passed the Assembly May 21, 2018 and the Senate August 28, 2018.