California May Let Families Remove Guns

California is considering passing a law that would grant families and law enforcement officials the right to ask judges to remove firearms from loved ones likely to act violently. The bill passed the state senate 23-8 and already passed the assembly, but it must be voted on again with amendments. if it passes, it will be sent to Gov. Jerry Brown to be signed into law. The proposed law was inspired by the UC Santa Barbara rampage earlier this year. Elliott Rodger retained access to guns and killed six people, even though his family had concerns for his mental health and feared he might be violent. Critics say the bill, which would put a restraining order in effect for 21 days and could be extended for up to a year, infringes on Second Amendment rights. However, proponents say it could have life-saving effects. "Nothing can bring back the life of my son, but there are common-sense solutions that can help ensure other loved ones aren't killed by preventable gun violence," said Richard Martinez, whose son, Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, was killed by Rodger.