California Saw Record Gun Confiscations in 2020

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California judges issued a record number of gun confiscation orders under the state’s red flag law during 2020.

Breitbart News reported California’s red flag law, contained in the bill Gun Violence Restraining Orders, took effect January 1, 2016.

Southern California Public Radio noted the orders could result in a confiscatory action without prior warning given to the gun owner, “In other words, a judge could issue the order without ever hearing from the person in question, if there are reasonable grounds to believe the person is a threat based on accounts from the family and police.”

The Los Angeles Times reports “1,285 gun-violence restraining orders were issued by judges in California last year, temporarily removing firearms from people deemed a danger.”

Guns were confiscated from 1,110 people in California in 2019.

On May 27, 2015, the National Journal quoted UCLA law professor Adam Winkler saying Gun Violence Restraining Orders really will “not … make a huge dent in our gun violence statistics.”

Winkler suggested people who are actually going to be dangerous with a gun are not always easy to spot. He said, “The truth is that it is very rare to know in advance when someone is going to be dangerous with a firearm. This is not going to make a huge dent in our gun violence statistics.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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