California Considering Legislation Limiting Gun Access Of People With Mental Illnesses

The New York Times (5/29, A18, Medina, Subscription Publication) reports that in the aftermath of the Santa Barbara rampage, California lawmakers are “championing legislation that would permit law enforcement officials and private individuals to seek a restraining order from a judge that would keep people with a potential propensity for violence from buying or owning a gun,” a process similar to one currently covering cases of domestic violence.

However, “even in California, with an overwhelmingly Democratic majority in both houses of the Legislature, it could prove difficult to get the bill passed” due to both gun-rights opposition and concerns about “limiting civil liberties of those dealing with mental illness.”

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— “After Attack Near Campus, California Weighs Gun Bill,” Jennifer Medina, New York Times, May 28, 2014.

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