Governor Gavin Newsom Supports “Red Flag” Laws Following Trabuco Canyon Mass Shooting
Trabuco Canyon, Orange County – Governor Gavin Newsom responded to the tragic mass shooting that occurred in Trabuco Canyon, Orange County, by urging Californians to use the state’s “red flag” laws. The governor issued a statement expressing his condolences to the victims’ families and highlighting that early reports indicate the shooting may be connected to a domestic dispute.
Red flag laws allow victims of domestic violence, family members, coworkers, and others to seek protective orders that can prevent potentially dangerous individuals and abusers from possessing firearms. These laws aim to provide tools and resources for victims and survivors to work with law enforcement and the courts to safely remove guns from potential threats.
According to statistics, California has witnessed similar acts of violence, with a troubling two-thirds of mass shooters having a history of domestic violence. Recognizing the urgency to address this issue, Governor Newsom encourages the strengthening, defense, and use of red flag laws in the state. By reporting any observed red flags, Californians can potentially save lives.
Earlier this summer, Governor Newsom launched GunSafety.ca.gov, a comprehensive website that provides critical information and materials on how to use red flag laws. The governor aims to ensure that everyone has easy access to the necessary resources to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Moreover, Gun Violence Restraining Orders, enacted in California, have proven effective in preventing threatened mass shootings and reducing firearm suicides. These orders restrict individuals under domestic violence restraining orders from possessing firearms. Governor Newsom recently filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of a federal law that upholds this prohibition.
As California continues to grapple with the devastating impacts of gun violence, Governor Newsom stands firm in his commitment to enacting and enforcing legislation aimed at keeping communities safe. Through the use of red flag laws and public cooperation, Californians can work together to prevent future tragedies and create a safer environment for all.
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