Oct 12, 2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom enacts new gun regulations

Gavin Newsom. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed multiple gun control bills into law on Friday, expanding gun violence restraining orders and implementing harsher restrictions for the number of firearms Californians can purchase in a given month, the Sacramento Bee reports.

What's new: Newsom signed 15 bills in total on Friday, extending the length of gun violence restraining orders to a 5-year maximum, and requiring law enforcement agencies to implement written protocols on the use of the petitions.

  • Starting July 2021, California residents will be able to buy a single long gun per month. Separately, the state will allow teachers and co-workers to request firearms be removed from those thought to be dangerous starting Sept. 2020. According to the AP, that makes California the "first state" to do so.
  • Newsom also OK'd a law requiring ammunition vendors at gun shows to adhere to the same regulations as firearms dealers, and he signed a plan that would ban Californians from selling sizable quantities of guns without proper licensing.

The big picture: The state has already experienced dozens of mass shootings in 2019, data from the Gun Violence Archive shows.

  • 17 other states and Washington, D.C. already had similar gun violence restraining order laws in place, but the bill Newsom signed on Friday makes the state's regulation the most expansive in the nation, AP notes.

Background: Previously, only family members and police officers were allowed to file gun violence restraining orders against individuals. Once an order has been filed against someone, that individual cannot purchase or possess a firearm.

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Barr outlines mass shootings prevention plan

Attorney General Bill Barr at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center in Topeka, Kansas, this month. Photo: Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Attorney General Bill Barr outlined in a memo released Wednesday plans to adopt terrorism prevention initiatives to stop mass shootings via "forward leaning" strategies via court-ordered mental health treatment, supervision and counseling.

Driving the news: Activism around gun violence increased following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton in August, per Axios' Neal Rothschild.

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Gun safety group is biggest outside spender in Va. state elections

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Ahead of Virginia's elections Nov. 5, gun safety group Everytown tells Axios they're "outspending the NRA by more than 8-to-1" to help Democrats flip the state's General Assembly.

Why it matters: Everytown says it is the biggest outside spender in the election. Gun politics is changing rapidly around the country and within a swing state once predictably red and pro-gun rights. Gun policy is the top issue for Virginia voters, but those supporting Republicans were just as likely as those supporting Democrats to say it will be "very important" for their vote, per a Washington Post poll.

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Providers, employers link up on suicide prevention

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Hospital-based programs are working with employers and community organizations to tackle gun violence and suicide.

What's happening: Companies have pleaded with Congress to pass stronger gun control laws to help stop workplace shootings and suicides. But as bills from the House stall in the Senate, employers are turning to health care providers for help.

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