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A silver lining from the Isla Vista tragedy: New power to take guns from the unstable

A silver lining from the Isla Vista tragedy: New power to take guns from the unstable

The pro-gun crowd will be foaming, but Gov. Jerry Brown today signed into law AB 1014, by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), that will let family members or police seek a court order to temporarily remove lawfully owned weapons from the home of someone deemed at risk of committing violence. The Gun Violence Restraining Order bill arose after the horror of the Isla Vista rampage this year, and stands as a common-sense approach to dealing with a persistent problem in American society: mentally unstable individuals in possession of firearms.  And while the gun-rights folks dislike the measure and invent all sorts of abuse scenarios -- ex-spouses or ex-lovers dropping a dime on...

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