California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat.
The new legislation responded to the deadly rampage in May 2014 near University of California, Santa Barbara. Relatives of the victims and other supporters of the bill said the parents of 22 year old Elliot Rodger were thwarted in their attempts to seek help for their troubled son before the rampage.
Weeks before the shooting, Elliot Rodger’s parents had his therapist contact Santa Barbara County mental health officials. Sheriff deputies talked to Elliott Rodger but never entered his apartment or checked to see if he owned guns. The Sheriff’s decided that he was not a threat to himself or others and took no further action.
Elliot Rodger later wrote that had deputies searched his room, they might have found guns that the police said he used to shoot three people after stabbing to death three others.
If you have guns in your home
please store them safely.