California governor signs 15 gun bills into law; broadest gun seizure legislation in nation

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed 15 gun-related bills into law on Friday making the state more unfriendly to gun owners and the Second Amendment.

“California has outperformed the rest of the nation, because of our gun safety laws, in reducing the gun murder rate substantially compared to the national reduction,” Newsom announced as he signed the bills. “No state does it as well or comprehensively as the state of California, and we still have a long way to go.”

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The specifics of the bills have worried even the ACLU (The American Civil Liberties Union). One bill creates a “red flag” law that allows co-workers, employers, and educators to get gun violence restraining orders against firearms owners they fear are a danger.

These gun violence restraining orders can last one to five years thanks to another bill signed by Newsom. They also allow judges to issue search warrants of a person’s home once they are issued. Citizens can petition to have the restraining orders lifted. The restraining order, however, can be sought before the person being called a danger ever has a chance to make their case or defend themselves.

To file for the restraining order, a person must sign a sworn statement and have “substantial and regular interactions” with the person they are claiming could be a potential threat.

The ACLU said the restraining order bill “poses a significant threat to civil liberties.” The restraining order bill was written by Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco.

To give perspective on how broad and dangerous this bill is, former California Governor Jerry Brown, also a Democrat, vetoed it twice.

Other bills include limiting citizens to buying only one long rifle per month. People under 21 will also be prohibited from buying semi-automatic rifles and other firearms.

The new bills will officially become law on January 1, 2020.

“These bills strengthen California’s already strong gun laws and are evidence that California continues to invest in and protect the safety of our communities,” Amanda Wilcox, California’s legislative chair of the anti-gun group Brady United, said in a statement. “I’m incredibly proud of our Brady California chapters and their hard work that ensured these bills were signed into law. I’m grateful that Gov. Newsom has been such a strong ally of the gun violence prevention movement, understands the importance of keeping guns out of the wrong hands, and has taken action to show his commitment.”

These new expansive anti-gun bills are only the latest bad news out of California. The state is already plagued by forced blackouts, fires and a homelessness crisis.

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