How you can speak for safety
California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) is a law that allows family or household members and law enforcement officers to obtain a court order that temporarily prohibits an at-risk person from accessing guns, ammunition, and magazines, and temporarily prohibits that person from purchasing or obtaining any new guns, ammunition, or magazines*. Family and household members** and law enforcement officers may file a petition for a GVRO. If a client has risk factors such as an emotional crisis or dementia and is demonstrating signs of being dangerous such as suicidal ideation, aggression, public threats of violence, or is exhibiting other dangerous behaviors, you can consider contacting your local sheriff or police department, or advising a client’s family member about the GVRO. In cases of immediate danger, law enforcement may request an emergency GVRO, which can be obtained even when the court is closed.
*Magazines are ammunition storage and feeding devices which can often be detached from a firearm.
**Includes spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, stepparents, stepchildren, domestic partners, or roommates and other household members who have lived with the subject of the petition within the last six months.