Boxer Proposes Bill to Allow Families to Confiscate Guns of 'Unstable' People

Boxer Proposes Bill to Allow Families to Confiscate Guns of 'Unstable' People

Monday on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Pause for Safety Act, legislation aimed at “violence prevention.” The legislation would allow family members to take guns away from an “unstable” person and is a response to last months mass murder in the student community of Isla vista at UC-Santa Barbara. Family members had expressed concern about Elliot Rodger’s to local police but after interviewing the 22-year old they closed the case.

Boxer’s bill would allow family members who are worried about the mental health of a loved one to ask a court for a “gun-violence prevention” warrant which would prevent that person from buying a new gun and allow the authorities to confiscate any existing guns.

Boxer said of her legislation: “We have a function here not to allow someone who is unstable or violent to get a weapon”

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