New laws strengthen protection for victims of domestic violence
Drawn Nate |
Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation to improve protection for survivors of domestic violence and to strengthen enforcement of California gun safety laws.
Measures signed by the governor on Oct. 8 strengthen gun violence prohibition orders and enable analysis of gun crime data to track trends affecting communities across the state, among other changes related to domestic violence.
“California has the strongest gun safety laws in the country, but we are reminded every day that we cannot afford to be complacent in tackling the epidemic of gun violence in this country – we can and must do more, ”Newsom said in a press release.
The action strengthens the enforcement of the state’s common sense gun safety laws, he advised. “[H]We must ensure that dangerous people who are prohibited from owning firearms hand over their guns and come up with other vital policies to make our communities safer.
SB 320 demands the implementation of uniform procedures to ensure that those who are prohibited from owning firearms by a prohibition of domestic violence order renounce their weapons and strengthen coordination between courts and tribunals law enforcement when there has been a violation of a waiver order.
AB 1057 allows law enforcement to seize phantom weapons under gun violence prohibition orders and domestic violence prohibition orders, expanding a valuable tool designed to protect survivors.
AB 1191 demands that the Department of Justice analyze gun data to trace the history of guns used in crime and identify trends, providing important information on how these guns are trafficked.
SB 264 prohibits the sale of weapons or ammunition to the Orange County Fair and Event Center. Gun violence prevention experts warn gun shows can create a venue to circumvent gun safety laws.
AB 887 allows survivors of domestic violence to file restraining orders and temporary restraining orders electronically.
SB 538 requires courts to allow electronic filing and remote appearances for domestic violence restraining orders and gun violence restraining orders.
AB 277 previously signed by the governor, requires that the application and related notices for the Safe at Home program be available in at least five languages.
AB 673 supports shelter service providers for victims of domestic violence by ensuring the timely distribution of grants administered by the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).
Context and budget
The State of California has introduced statewide gun safety protections, approved by voters in Proposition 63, to prohibit the possession of large capacity ammunition stores and require background checks to keep ammunition out of the reach of dangerous people.
Since taking office, Governor Newsom has signed several bills aimed at reducing gun violence, strengthening orders to restrict gun violence, regulating the sale of firearms and ammunition, and speeding up regulation. ghost weapons.
The state budget includes an investment of $ 200 million in the CalVIP program to support initiatives designed to break the cycle of violence in disproportionately affected communities.
The budget also invests $ 11 million to facilitate awareness, education and training efforts related to gun violence prohibition orders and $ 10.3 million for local law enforcement agencies to support the seizure of firearms from individuals banned from possession.
COVID-19 initiatives for survivors
Governor Newsom has also launched various initiatives to support victims of domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
They include support for local service providers, a partnership with the Women’s Foundation of California to raise private funds that support domestic violence organizations, and private sector partnerships to provide free accommodation and transportation to fleeing survivors. violence.
California has also launched a statewide “text to 911” capability, and the 2021 state budget includes $ 15 million in funding for Cal OES to administer grants that support prevention efforts. domestic and sexual violence.