MADNESS: Have You Seen the Anti-Gun Bill Dianne Feinstein is Urging CA...

MADNESS: Have You Seen the Anti-Gun Bill Dianne Feinstein is Urging CA Governor to Push Through?

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California is, by far, one of the single biggest violators of the 2nd Amendment in the Republic. The 2nd Amendment guarantees that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, yet California infringes on that right at every turn.

Infringing on the right through regulations, limitations and hardship in obtaining/carrying firearms isnt enough for Anti-America looters like Dianne Feinstein, though. Feinstein actually wants to empower police officers and members of their families to be able to strip the right to have a firearm from any California resident.

I kid you not.

Yesterday, rabid anti-gun senator Dianne Feinstein penned an open letter calling on Governor Jerry Brown, State Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins to pass AB 1014, a bill which would give law enforcement personnel as well as family members the ability to request a court order preventing anyone whom they deem a threat from owning a gun.

Heres the letter.

August 26, 2014

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

Governor

State of California

State Capitol, Suite 1173

Sacramento, CA 95814

The Honorable Darrell Steinberg

Senate President Pro Tempore

Senate President Pro Tempore

State Capitol, Room 205

Sacramento, CA 95814

The Honorable Toni G. Atkins

Speaker of the Assembly

California State Assembly

State Capitol, Room 219

Sacramento, CA 94249-0078

Dear Governor Brown, President Steinberg, and Speaker Atkins,

As the Legislature concludes its session this week, I write to respectfully urge you to enact Assembly Bill 1014 into law. When the mother of 22-year old Elliot Rodger saw signs that her son was dangerous, she could not prevent him, even temporarily, from possessing a gun. AB 1014, authored by Assembly member Nancy Skinner, would give families the tools to take action under these and similar circumstances. I strongly believe this bill will help save lives by keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.

AB 1014 would allow an immediate family member or law enforcement officer to request a court order prohibiting a person from possessing a gun, for up to 21 days, if there is a substantial likelihood that the person poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to himself or others. An order can be extended for one year, with renewals, by a court after notice and a hearing. The bill would also allow a law enforcement officer to seek an emergency order prohibiting a person from possessing a gun for up to 21 days if the person poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to himself or others.

We already know that bills like AB 1014 can make a difference. Connecticut and Indiana have enacted statutes that allow a law enforcement officer to obtain a warrant from a court to remove a firearm from an individual who poses an imminent risk of personal injury to himself or others. During the first ten years that Connecticuts law was in effect (1999-2009), law enforcement made at least 277 warrant requests, according to the Connecticut General Assemblys Office of Legislative Research. In nearly every request (274 of 277), a warrant was issued, and nearly every warrant resulted in the seizure of a gun (263 of 274). In all, police seized more than 2,000 guns during this time period, including 231 in one case alone.

It is important to note that the legislative process has strengthened the due process protections in AB 1014 in several ways. The bill now specifies that only an immediate family member or law enforcement officernot any personmay seek a gun violence restraining order. The bill also imposes a higher standard for issuance of the warrant than in the bills original version; the bill now requires that the subject of the order pose a substantial likelihood that he poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to himself or others. In addition, the bill now requires that, for a court to issue an order, less restrictive alternatives must have been tried and found to be ineffective, or have been determined to be inadequate or inappropriate. These changes ensure no person will be denied a firearm unless he clearly poses a danger and there is no other way to eliminate that risk.

Thank you for your consideration of this important legislation. The vast majority of people who suffer from mental illness do not commit violence. But the consequences are tragic if we ignore those individuals who pose a risk of committing harm. I urge you to enact AB 1014 into law, to prevent those who present a threat to others from obtaining or keeping a firearm.

Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein

United States Senator

Thoughts?

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