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Assembly Bill Could Keep Guns Out Of Hands Of Unstable Buyers

Published On: Jun 03 2014 12:10:13 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 03 2014 12:57:54 PM CDT

Critics call AB1014 Unconstitutional


Democratic Assembly member Das Williams is hopeful a bill he co-authored will prevent another mass murder like the tragedy that unfolded in Isla Vista last month.

Williams said AB1014 works like a gun violence restraining order. It would allow parents, spouses and others to ask a court judge to prevent a loved one from purchasing a gun if they are deemed a threat to themselves or others.

Critics call the proposal unconstitutional, but Williams said there is due process written into the bill.

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson is a principal co-author in the Senate.  Williams said the bill could pass the state Senate before the summer recess, but it would need a two-thirds majority vote with a special urgency clause to make it take effect right away.


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