A new law can help!

California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) is a law that allows teachers, school employees, co-workers, 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 current or previous student at your middle school, high school, college, or post-graduate institution 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 or someone you know is in immediate danger, please contact local law enforcement or dial 911. California’s veteran crisis line is also available by calling 1-800 273-8255 and pressing 1.