California Governor Signs Broadest 'Red Flag' Laws In United States

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 15 pieces of gun-related legislation on Friday.

Sacramento, CA – California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Friday to expand the state’s so-called “red flag” laws into the broadest in the nation.

The new laws will allow employers, co-workers, and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders against other people, KNSD reported.

It will also allow police, immediate family members, and roommates to ask a judge to temporarily confiscate guns and ammunition from anyone they think could be a danger to themselves or someone else, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

"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," the governor bragged as he signed 15 gun-related pieces of legislation. "No state does it as well or comprehensively as the state of California, and we still have a long way to go."

He said the new laws would guarantee continued success, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“This is another tool in the toolkit from those that know individuals the most,” Newsom said. “What’s inevitable is you’re going to see these expansions in other parts of the country and I think this will also expand the debate in Congress.”

The new laws also expanded the length of time that gun violence restraining orders could remain in effect, from one year to five years, and gave judges the power to issue search warrants at the same time they issue the restraining orders, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Gun owners will still be able to petition the court to reduce the length of the restraining order.

Another law sponsored by Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting will create a way for people to voluntarily relinquish their guns without having to go to court, the Associated Press reported.

Ting said current law was a waste of time because it required gun owners who forfeited their guns voluntarily to still endure a court hearing.

One of the new statutes makes people who already have restraining orders in other states subject to the same restrictions in California, the Associated Press reported.

Seventeen states and Washington, DC have similar gun restraining order laws, but the latest initiative signed by Newsom will give California the broadest laws on the books when they take effect on Jan. 1.

For example, Hawaii allows medical professionals, educators, and co-workers to petition for gun restraining orders, but it doesn’t permit employers the same privilege, KNSD reported.

And Maryland allows health care providers to petition for gun restraining orders, but in the nearby nation’s capital, only mental health providers may petition.

New York permits petitions from school administrators, KNSD reported.

Gun rights groups and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have found themselves strange bedfellows in this battle, because both groups think California’s new gun control laws are over-reaching.

The ACLU called the bill “a significant threat to civil liberties" because restraining orders can be requested before gun owners have a chance to contest them, KNSD reported.

One of the pieces of legislation that Newsom signed has been called discriminatory, the Associated Press reported.

Assembly Bill 893 prohibits gun and ammunition sales specifically at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

“Banning a gun show on just one state-owned property, but not on all is proof positive that this is discrimination based on political bias and has nothing to do with safety,” San Diego County Gun Owners PAC Executive Director Michael Schwartz said. “We are opposed to discrimination against a group of law-abiding citizens who are simply practicing their civil rights.”

Other pieces of gun-related legislation signed by Newsom included a law that requires gun parts used to build guns to be sold only through a licensed manufacturer, limits gun buyers to one semiautomatic centerfire rifle per month and raises the purchase age to 21, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

New measures also require gun manufacturers to put a suicide hotline number on packaging.

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Lesstalkmoreaction
Lesstalkmoreaction

I guess that due process and The Constitution no longer exist in California.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

WOW! If the ultra-liberal ACLU says it goes too far the legal gun owners have to be going crazy! The suicide hotline number on the package is a hoot! I can see some guy's roommate calling it, as a gag and the police knocking on the door within minutes. This law gives just about anybody the power of God, over any gun-owner. I hope it blows up in their faces, with thousands of bogus calls, simply meant to harass the gun owners.

Ginabean69
Ginabean69

What in the Hell?! So this ridiculous governor can keep passing laws and we don't even get to freaking VOTE on them?! He takes Trump of the primary ballot (and I'm not even a Trump voter, but still say it's completely wrong!) and now he's taking our guns away all without us even getting a chance to vote on it?! How do we change this AND get rid of this guy?!!!!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I wonder what they'll do with the Spanish speaking illegals who are prone to violence in the wonderful state of looney tunes. Will they be arrested, allowed to go back "home" or be given a pass because of their illegal status.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Personally, I am not against laws that prevent those who are not of sound mind from owning a weapon. I have helped out a mentally-disabled gentleman for two decades, and he could walk into a gun shop today, and probably walk out with a firearm if he could afford one. He definitely should not have a gun, IMO, just due to the possibility of accidental self-harm. He's got very low IQ, even though his heart quotient is well above-average.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The new laws will allow employers, co-workers, and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders against other people.

Not sure what that means exactly, sounds like "seek", and sounds good on the surface. Not sure why occupation matters, but hey, at least you have to be employed. Woo hoo, CA Dems don't even understand the implications of their own legislation.

It will also allow police, immediate family members, and roommates to ask a judge to temporarily confiscate guns and ammunition from anyone they think could be a danger to themselves or someone else, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Anything other than LEOs or state-certified licensed professionals is obviously unconstitutional, IMO.

One of the new statutes makes people who already have restraining orders in other states subject to the same restrictions in California

Oh, but they will let in anyone from other countries without first checking their criminal background.

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

My brothers and sisters im afraid this is going to get alot our officers killed or hurt because law abiding or not if the officers in California don't start following the constitution and not that stupid governor im scared bad things are going to happen. Im so glad i live in a state and in a country where im safe for right now our sheriff said wouldn't go to no one's house without some kind of due process

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

That was supposed to be county

JohDia22
JohDia22

These are the same dumbasses that think it’s a good idea to shut the power off to the state to keep them safe from fires 😂 Just sit back and watch them destroy themselves! Hey California, don’t forget to charge your police cars, not that they will arrest real offenders like illegal alien murders or gang bangers.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

This is from Newsom's official website:

AB 1297 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) requires any local authority issuing concealed firearm licenses to charge an applicant a fee sufficient to cover the reasonable costs of processing, issuing and enforcement of the license, and eliminates the existing $100 limit on processing fees for concealed firearm licenses.

Holy cow. It's just another barrier to lawfully acquiring a firearm. Won't this limit the ability of the disadvantaged from their right to self protection? Where I live, the background check costs $2. Concealed carry costs $40 or $30 for renewal. Our wonderful politicians (no sarcasm) recently voted to lower it to $15, but I don't see the lower fee at our Sheriff's website yet.

Here's a list of all of the CA bills, if anyone is interested in the details...

Musicray
Musicray

What a great tool for vindictive ex wives... hopefully there’s some safeguards in place to keep it from being abused..

magnumforc
magnumforc

We need a bill that lets citizens have San Francisco recall this idiot who the Democrats elected governor. And we thought Brown was an idiot...

susan5042
susan5042

I predict Trump will win California 2020!

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Right, so your coworker knows you hunt or keep firearms for safety. They don't like that you got promoted, or that you even just looked at them funny "Hey, take away their guns, I'm a coworker!! Danger! I don't feel safe!!!!" Bunch of bullshit.

61mouse
61mouse

Guess I'll go make the popcorn and see how this plays out

Johnny919
Johnny919

I've had numerous temporary jobs so I know exactly how some fellow employees can have it out for you and therefore have a reason to stab you in the back...That is just one of the reasons I work independently without co-workers...And families can be very divided with malicious members (like my sister for instance) who often have evil ulterior motives that they take out on their siblings...Adding to this; people can very easily get guns illegally so this kind of law will only help to expand the black market for guns...And it's just one more reason for people to possess illegal guns which are difficult to find if carefully hidden...No easy answers...

Hi_Hi-Burgasometimes
Hi_Hi-Burgasometimes

“See Something, Burn Someone at the stake”.