California’s growing gun law legislation now includes a bill that expands the number of people who can ask a court to confiscate firearms from people they deem to be a threat.
As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, the initial law only allowed family members, roommates or police to petition the court. The revised legislation would apply that right to teachers, principals, co-worker and employers — any of whom could request a gun restraining order on the basis of a perceived threat. Gun owners would lose their right to bear arms for up to a year.
The California Senate approved the legislation and it is now up to Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) to decide to approve the bill or not. He vetoed a similar bill in 2016.
Second Amendment advocates are concerned this latest measure is just another assault by the state government on gun owners.
As Firearms Policy Coalition spokesman Craig DeLuz told Sacramento NBC-affiliate KCRA-TV, “It is very dangerous when you go after someone’s liberty for some perceived security.”
DeLuz added, “We all want to do what we can to make sure we keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who can potentially be a danger to themselves or others. But in any case, we must always be careful of violating civil liberties.”