California Senate Passes SB 1200, Senator Skinner’s Bill to Strengthen California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order 

May 29, 2018

California Senate Passes SB 1200, Senator Skinner’s Bill to Strengthen California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order

Today, the California Senate passed Senator Nancy Skinner’s (D-Berkeley) SB 1200, “Strengthening California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order.” SB 1200 would enhance California’s existing Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO), a law Skinner authored when she was in the Assembly. SB 1200 is now on its way to the Assembly for approval.

“Again and again we learn after a shooting or suicide that the person was known to be at risk of committing gun violence,” said Senator Skinner. “Having access to a Gun Violence Restraining Order empowers a family member to act, GVROs can save lives.”

Skinner’s new legislation, SB 1200, eliminates any fees for requesting a GVRO and adds ammunition, magazines and firearm components to the list of items which can be confiscated. SB 1200 requires law enforcement personnel that serve the order to verbally ask the recipient if they have firearms or accessories and also requires GVROs that are issued for a 21-day period have a hearing held within that time period to allow for that GVRO to be extended for a year.

Senator Skinner authored AB 1014, the bill that established California’s GVRO, after the Isla Vista shooting in 2014. The law took effect in January 2016 and allows firearms to be taken away if there is credible evidence that the person presents a violent threat. Skinner’s law was the first in the U.S. to allow immediate family members of a person threatening violence to petition for the order. California has issued over 250 GVROs since the law was established. There are now five states: California, Connecticut, Indiana, Oregon and Washington with similar laws, also known as “Extreme Risk Protection Orders,” on the books.

“Gun Violence Restraining Orders get guns away from those threatening harm to themselves or others,” said Senator Skinner. “SB 1200 eliminates fees so that cost isn’t an obstacle so that many more family members can access this important and effective tool.”

Senator Nancy Skinner (@NancySkinnerCA) represents the 9th Senate District. She serves as Chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee and the Budget Subcommittee on Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary.