California gun confiscation law takes effect Jan. 1
REDDING, Calif. - A new California law takes effect January 1 that allows legally-owned guns to be confiscated if family or friends believe the owner is a threat to themselves or others.
It's called AB-1014 and it comes after the mass shooting in May 2014 that claimed six lives in Isla Vista, California.
Before the shooting, the suspect uploaded a video to YouTube discussing his plans as well as a 107,000 word manifesto, both of which were circulated minutes before he began killing.
The new law will allow family members who believe someone may be violent to apply for a "Gun Violence Restraining Order."
The law isn't sitting well with gun owners.
"I don't think it's a good law," said Ray Abernathy, a longtime Redding Gun Club member.
Abernathy said the law has good intentions, but he's worried about people taking advantage of it. He believes people who are irritated will use the law against other family members.
With AB-1014, a family member only has to have a gut feeling to petition for a temporary restraining order. For the process to start, a judge has to sign off on the order.
"We have the right to defend ourselves before someone accuses us of something," said Chuck Waters, another Redding Gun Club member.
Waters is skeptical about the purpose of the law because he's not sure if it will actually prevent mass shootings.
"It could probably, but I don't know if it will. I mean, who knows until it happens," Waters said with hesitation.
Supporters of the law believe it will mainly prevent suicide by police and mass shootings because every report will be taken seriously.
Opponents hope that is the case, but again, they said the new law isn't quite on target.
"I suspect the law has it's useful purposes at some point, but as far as preventing a mass shooting, it's not going to do anything at all," Abernathy shared.
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