California lawmakers approve package of gun-control bills

California lawmakers approve package of gun-control bills

California lawmakers on Wednesday approved a package of five gun control bills that include a measure to expand the state’s gun restraining law allowing courts to confiscate guns from people judged to be a danger either to themselves or others.

While current gun control laws allow only police and family members to seek a court order take away firearms from the person in question for a period of up to one year; the new bills would allow mental health professionals, school administrators, teachers, employers and co-workers also to file a petition with the court for gun-possession restraining orders.

Arguing for his gun restraining law bill, Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting invoked Wednesday’s fatal shooting occurred on the UCLA campus.

Seeking support for his bill, Ting said, “Right now the rights that I care about are the rights to go to school and not get shot. I don’t want to walk into my office and worry that I may be gunned down. Today’s shooting at UCLA was the 186th [school] shooting since Newtown, Conn., in 2012.”

But opponents like Sen. Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside) called the bill an “overreach,” arguing that any such law would be infringing on 2nd Amendment rights.

The package of gun control bills, which were introduced in response to the deadly San Bernardino terrorist attack that killed 14 people last December, will now go to the Senate for consideration.