Responding to the
Using weapons including guns, Rodger killed six people in a rampage near the campus of UC Santa Barabara on May 24.
"In the recent Isla Vista tragedy, family members saw the warning signs and took action. But they had no legal tools to prevent this mass killing," Williams told the Senate Public Safety Committee. "AB 1014 provides an option for family members and loved ones to temporarily separate those who may be a danger to themselves and others from firearms. Mentally unstable individuals should not have access to firearms."
Under the legislation, law enforcement can ask a court to issue a restraining order preventing individuals from possessing guns if the officers, family members or medical workers can provide evidence that there is a substantial likelihood of violence.
The committee voted to send the legislation on to the
"This bill goes too far," Doherty told the panel. "AB 1014 shreds the right of privacy and right of property that has been jurisprudence for decades."
Committee Chairwoman Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley) noted that law enforcement officials met with the gunman multiple times in response to concerns by others before the mass killing but did not have enough evidence of a problem to take action. "There should have been a way to identify what was going on with the Santa Barbara case and there should have been a way to get those guns earlier," Hancock said.