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California lawmakers invoke UCLA shooting in passing gun-control bills

June 2, 2016

Los Angeles Times

June 2, 2016

By Patrick McGreevy

The same day as a fatal shooting at UCLA , the state Assembly on Wednesday approved a package of gun control bills  including an expansion of the state’s gun restraining order law allowing courts to take firearms away from people judged to be a danger to themselves or others.

The five bills, which next go to the Senate for consideration, were introduced in response to the San Bernardino terrorist attack last December that killed 14 people.

Current law allows law enforcement officers and family members to ask a court to issue a restraining order removing guns from the person in question for up to one year.

The new bill allows employers, co-workers, teachers, mental health professionals and school administrators to also petition the court for gun-possession restraining orders.

Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) invoked Wednesday’s fatal shooting on the UCLA campus in arguing for his bill.

“Right now the rights that I care about are the rights to go to school and not get shot,” he said during what was an emotional floor debate. “I don’t want to walk into my office and worry that I may be gunned down. Today’s shooting at UCLA was the the 186th [school] shooting since Newtown, Conn., in 2012.”

Sen. Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside) said the bill is “clearly an overreach” and goes too far in infringing on 2nd Amendment rights and allows the courts to take away guns without sufficient due process.

The Assembly also approved a measure prohibiting the sale of semi-automatic weapons with detachable magazines that can be removed with a “bullet button.” Those who already own such guns would have to register them with the state as “assault rifles.”

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