The law, AB 1014, allows law enforcement to confiscate guns belonging to people who have been reported as unstable or dangerous by family or friends.
Officers can’t take anyone’s legally-owned guns with just one report because a judge needs to sign a temporary gun restraining order.
Once the order has been signed, then the guns can be taken away, but only for up to 21 days, which is the time when a hearing must take place.
Redding Police Chief Rob Paoletti said their department is still trying to figure out exactly what an officer can and can’t do under the new law.
“Just someone saying somebody is dangerous and they have a firearm doesn’t give us the legal right to go in and seize that firearm. In order for us to take a firearm, there has to be a legal justification to do so and those parameters are pretty tight,” Paoletti shared.
Paoletti also said the law may put a strain on his department’s resources but there are some benefits.
“With people with certain mental illnesses and stuff are the real focus of the law you know, this person is suffering right now and they really shouldn’t have a firearm. But there’s also the second amendment that we have to be respectful of and we can’t just go take people’s guns,” Paoletti explained.
The next step for the Redding Police Department is to draft their own policy regarding this law.