California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order

California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) gives law enforcement officers and family members a way to prevent gun violence through an expedient and civil process. If there is a strong likelihood that someone is at risk of harming themselves or others, a family or household member* or law enforcement** may petition the local Superior Court clerk for a GVRO that can last from 21 days up to one year. Only when the order expires or is terminated by a judge or petitioner may firearms and ammunition be returned to the restrained person.

*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.

**Includes sheriff’s departments, police departments, and other law enforcement agencies.