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Governor Newsom Launches New Initiative to Protect Californians from Gun Violence

Press Release

by ECT

SACRAMENTO – On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new campaign to make California schools and communities safer through a community-based outreach campaign to promote Gun Violence Restraining Orders also known as “red flag” laws.

“Gun violence is an epidemic – too many Americans are forced to live in fear because of inaction,” said Governor Newsom. “In California, we are taking action with common sense gun safety measures that get guns out of our communities and keep people safe.”

Red flag laws allow for the temporary removal of guns and ammunition from individuals who are at risk of harming themselves or others. They empower loved ones, or law enforcement, to intervene and temporarily prevent someone in crisis from accessing firearms.

California issued 3,007 Gun Violence Restraining Orders from 2016 to 2020. In 2020, the state issued 1,284 restraining orders, 15-times greater than the 85 issued in 2016.

This new $11 million,18-month campaign, administered through the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, will focus on outreach and education about California’s red flag laws to communities most at risk for gun violence.

The campaign includes:

  • $5 million in grants to local community-based domestic violence groups for community outreach.

  • $5 million for statewide outreach to communities most at risk of gun violence including education efforts, research and multilingual outreach.

  • $1 million for education and training for district attorneys and law enforcement groups.

The Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis Health last year released a study highlighting support for Gun Violence Restraining Orders and the need to raise public awareness around the issue.

Red flag laws are proven to be effective in reducing violence and death by guns. These laws can help de-escalate emergency situations. California is one of several states around the country that is increasingly emphasizing red flag laws as a common-sense way to help reduce gun violence.

“California has nation-leading gun safety laws,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “Education and outreach about how to utilize red flag laws are critical to their success. This campaign will focus on educating families and law enforcement on the tools they have at their disposal to prevent gun violence.”

Enacted in 2014 following the Isla Vista Shooting, California’s red flag law authorizes law enforcement officers and others to file petitions for a civil court order called a Gun Violence Restraining Order to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms when they are found to pose a significant risk to themselves or others by having legal access to firearms or ammunition.

Governor Newsom yesterday released a fact sheet detailing California’s nation-leading record on gun safety. The Governor also thanked President Joe Biden for his leadership on gun safety and joined him in calling on Congress to pass gun safety legislation.

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4 comments

zed Jun 5, 2022 - 11:12 am

It’s a numbers game. Ca has some of the most violent cities in the country. Criminals don’t care about gun laws. Gun restrictions only hinder the law abiding.

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Honey20 Jun 5, 2022 - 3:52 pm

California has the strictest gun laws in the nation and also leads the nation in mass shootings. Wake up you sheeples, This is what the Demokrauts want, so they can come and get your guns. Without your guns citizens can’t fight back.

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MEV Jun 5, 2022 - 7:06 pm

I agree with Zed. Why isn’t Newsom making sure CA has enough energy to avoid rolling blackouts and why isn’t Newsom building more water resources to go with all the new housing and wildfires created by his homeless arsonists and PG&E which he has done nothing about his entire term in office. Repeal Prop 47 and its companion assembly bills letting everybody out of jail. There are so many illegal guns thanks to #CartelBiden, gun control is useless.

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Yvette Jun 6, 2022 - 7:22 pm

We don’t need government involving itself in any say so about our gun rights or wanting to make restrictive gun laws under the guise of protecting the public. These are only used to disarm the people to put us under further tyranny. I do hope people are waking up. We can’t put up with this slaughter of our rights any longer.

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