Is California’s gun seizure law unconstitutional? Gun rights group like the NRA and the Gun Owners of California are up in arms over the newest of California’s gun control laws, but some believe the new law is necessary in order to prevent events like the 2014 Ista Villa shooting massacre by Elliot Rodger.
Under AB 1014, the new firearms restraining order would allow family members to contact police if they believe a gun owner is a danger to himself or others. Authorities are now allowed to request from a judge a temporary gun ownership restraining order that allows California cops to seize guns without notice or without charges being filed.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, California’s gun seizure law goes into effect on January 1, 2016. Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Michael Moore also explained why they believe the new law is necessary.
“The law gives us a vehicle to cause the person to surrender their weapons, to have a time out, if you will. It allows further examination of the person’s mental state. It’s a short duration and it allows for due process. It’s an opportunity for mental health professionals to provide an analysis of a person’s mental state.”
Although the legislation is now only being implemented in 2016, the gun control law was actually signed by Governor Jerry Brown on September 30, 2014, in response to the shooting spree by Elliot Rodger. Weeks before the Santa Barbara shooting occurred, Rodger recorded multiple YouTube videos that described his rage against women.
“Tomorrow I will have my revenge against humanity, against all of you. Girls gave their affection and sex and love to other men but never to me. Girls, all I’ve ever wanted was to love you and to be loved by you. I’ve wanted sex. I’ve wanted love, affection, adoration. You think I’m unworthy of it. That’s a crime that can never be forgiven. If I can’t have you girls, I will destroy you. I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you. You will finally see that I am in truth the superior one, the true alpha male.”
The young man also released a manifesto that explained his plans for murder in detail, but when Elliot’s therapist and his mother called the police they were unable to do anything.