California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed 15 new gun control laws, making California the strictest in the nation, along with their gun confiscation laws. The red flag law has been expanded, allowing educators, employers, and co-workers to inform on gun owners to report someone they think is a danger to themselves or to society and will grant them a restraining order. The guns will be taken without any hearing to decide if the accusations are true. That bill is so extreme that the former Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the same bill twice, saying it would not pass constitutional challenges.
The bill was deemed to be to extreme even for Newsom’s predecessor, former Gov. Jerry Brown, who was also an enthusiastic advocate of gun control. Brown vetoed the legislation twice.
Today’s legislation also included a bill that would make these restraining orders last for up to five years. Judges may also issue search warrants when the restraining orders are mandated so that authorities may enter a private residence to seize guns, per AP.
“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 said as he approved the legislation, AP noted. “No state does it as well or comprehensively as the state of California, and we still have a long way to go.”
Newsom also encouraged people in the state to “tune in as we sign 15 bills … to help prevent gun violence in CA.”
The governor claimed that gun homicides declined twice and fast as the national average between 1993 and 2017.
Co-workers who want to have another employee’s guns seized must demonstrate that they have “substantial and regular interactions” with the gun owner they are fingering. Employers must also agree with the employee’s assessment before a restraining order is issued, and accusers must complete a sworn statement that explains why they believe the gun owner should be restrained.