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L.A. Mayor In Favor of Legislation to Keep Guns Out of Hands of Those with Mental Health Issues

The legislation would create a system where family members or others could call law enforcement to report unstable loved ones.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday he is in favor of legislation that would help keep guns out of the hands of those with mental health problems, proposed by three state lawmakers following a rampage by a long-troubled young man who killed six students before taking his own life.

"I'm very much in favor of statewide leadership that would help us make sure that guns aren't in the hands of those folks that have mental issues," Garcetti told Video News West.

The mayor said he supports mandatory background checks nationwide.

"This is so important because a gun in the wrong hands can lead to the kind of thing that we saw (in Santa Barbara)," Garcetti said. "These tragedies are unacceptable and it is something we can prevent."

Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara, and two other lawmakers this week proposed creating a "gun violence restraining order" that would temporarily keep a person with mental health issues from buying or possessing firearms after the police are called.

Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage Friday night in Isla Vista, near UC Santa Barbara, killing his three roommates and three other students. A mental health agency called police to check on Rodger, and his alarmed mother also contacted authorities, after he posted videos on YouTube expressing his angry views on women and society and vowing to kill.

The legislation would create a system where family members or others could call law enforcement to report unstable loved ones. Authorities would then be able to investigate the threats and potentially seek a restraining order to keep the person form purchasing or possessing firearms.

—City News Service

rob vanasco June 03, 2014 at 07:31 PM
Thats is hilarious coming from the same mayor that had no problem with his officers neglecting every single firearms safety rule known to man, and shooting at two unarmed women in 103 times in a case of mistaken identity. This clown Garcetti doesn't give a squirt of piss about your physical safety. he is just another Constitution hating progressive communist.
rob vanasco June 03, 2014 at 07:37 PM
And I'm sorry if one of my kids started talking about killing or hurting people I would have their butts committed the dad had warnings but chose the easy route... the cops who visited him were not psychologists...they did a half ass interview with him. Once again the authorities ignored the danger signs and now want to infringe on our Constitutional rights... typical.
Nadja Adolf July 02, 2014 at 12:07 AM
I'd like to see the mayor support keeping weapons out of the hands of trigger happy LA cops who can't tell the difference between a large black man and two small Asian women. They remind me of a once infamous Michigan sheriff who was confronted by an escaped cow. He ordered the animal to leave the area, and when it didn't, he shot it.

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