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California Bill Would Require Police to Check Gun Database Before Making Welfare Check

June 12, 2014  | 

The California state senator who represents the Isla Vista community that was ravaged by a mass murder last month has introduced legislation to require law enforcement to check California's gun-purchase database before going out on a welfare check, and provide grants to help police take guns from people who are not allowed to own them.

Police checked on Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old authorities say killed six people in Isla Vista before killing himself, after his parents alerted them of his violent video rants just a couple weeks before the shooting. The officers did not find evidence that Rodger posed a threat to himself or others.

"Although law enforcement may not have had the legal authority to seize Elliot Rodger's three guns had they known about them, a gun database search could have provided additional information that might have helped them better assess the danger that Rodger posed to himself and others," said a statement from Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara.

The Sacramento Bee reports her Senate Bill 505 would require officers to search the state Department of Justice's Automated Firearms System database before checking on someone who may be in danger of committing violence.

Tags: California Legislation, California


Comments (6)

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db in AZ @ 6/12/2014 4:43 PM

Does this bill 505 also included motor vehicles? since a car was also used in this mass murder. Minority Report starring Tom Cruise was fictional, someone should tell Senator Jackson.

Retired NY Boss @ 6/12/2014 4:56 PM

I usually disagree with these types of things, but in this case it's probably not a bad idea. If we know someone might have mental health issues and may own firearms it allows us to better protect ourselves.

tedb @ 6/13/2014 8:31 AM

Concerned citizen: You may have changed your screen name, but your ravings are easily recognizable and quite familiar to us. While I totally agree with you on the illegal alien issue and the state of our nation, I still suggest you seek professional help.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/13/2014 11:05 AM

It would be interesting to know how many California police officers per year get attacked from a senior citizen who legally owns a firearm and had a concerned family member requested the police to do a welfare check on him/her. I think Hannah (Banana) Jackson, is just trying to make a name for herself and charge California taxpayers more money for laws that are already on the books. They should spend the 5 million to help the border patrol stop the illegals coming here. This would be money worth spending.

Ima Leprechaun @ 6/16/2014 7:20 PM

This is a "big brother" interference with constitutional rights. I expect we will see some case law come out of this.

Cal Green @ 6/20/2014 8:30 AM

Sounds like a good idea. Can save lives, even an officers.

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