Someone found by a judge to be potentially dangerous could have personal firearms temporarily confiscated under a bill that has passed the California Senate.
Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson says families need a way to intervene to prevent violence because they are often the first to recognize when a disturbed person should no longer have access to guns.
“It is time that we put some logic and some common sense and some rationality into the way we treat these acts of violence,” says Jackson. “Into the way we treat gun ownership.”
The bill was a reaction to the Isla Vista shooting earlier this year, in which a mentally disturbed man shot and killed several people before killing himself.
Republican Senator Jim Nielsen says the bill could be misused.
“It is a very broad license for someone to abuse the provisions of this bill,” says Nielsen. “We must be very careful.”
The bill goes back to the Assembly for a final vote.