Starting January 1, firearm regulations in California will give authorities the privilege to confiscate a man’s weapons for 21 days if a judge decides the possibility of violence exists.
To put it differently, the “law gives us a vehicle to induce the individual to surrender their weapons, to have a time out, in the event that you’ll,” Los Angeles Police Department Assistant Chief Michael Moore told a local NPR affiliate.
You read that right — a government-imposed time out. Go consider what you did, and sit in the corner.
“It is a brief duration and it allows for due process,” Moore continued. “It is a chance for mental health professionals to make available an evaluation of a man’s mental state.” Because, as everyone understands, mental health professionals — like cops — are not fallible.
All the weapons he used — two knives and three pistols — was lawfully bought. Just minutes before carrying out his strategy, a video was uploaded by Rodger to YouTube and circulated a 107,000-word manifesto.
Even UC president, Janet Napolitano, said at the time, “This is nearly the type of occasion that is hopeless to prevent and extremely difficult to forecast.”
Looking to ignore this important variable entirely, San Diego State University professor and lawyer, Dr. Wendy Patrick, told a local CBS affiliate, “[I]t’s the family members, it is the folks closest to the perpetrator who are in the best position to see red flags.”
Second Amendment and constitutional advocates have been understandably upset by the coming law, saying additional rules in a state rife with restrictive gun laws will only penalize law abiding firearm owners.
“We believe this simply misses the mark and can produce a predicament where law abiding firearm owners are put in jeopardy.”