A new law can help!
California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) is a law that allows teachers, school employees, co-worker, employers, family, household members, and law enforcement to obtain a court order to prevent an at-risk person from accessing guns, ammunition, or magazines and that temporarily prohibits that person from purchasing or obtaining any new guns, ammunition, or magazines*. The firearm removal and purchase restriction can last from 21 days to five years, depending on the type of order, and what the judge thinks is appropriate. A final GVRO, lasting between one and five years, can be renewed before it expires if the danger still exists. If you think there is a strong likelihood that a family member, roommate, or household member would harm themselves or others, petitioning for a GVRO can be an important first step to reduce the risk of harm.
*Magazines are ammunition storage and feeding devices which can often be detached from a firearm.
Note: If you are in immediate danger, please contact local law enforcement or dial 911. Additionally, anyone in emotional crisis can call the National Suicide Hotline 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255.