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Sen. Gaines aims to take firearms out of hands of mentally ill

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From page A10 | December 21, 2012 | 5 Comments

SACRAMENTO – Inspired by the tragic events that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Senator Ted Gaines (R-Rocklin) recently announced legislative plans to introduce a bill that would make a critical change to California’s existing gun control laws, keeping dangerous firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill.

“It’s time to take a hard look at gun violence in America and California,” said Gaines. “As a father of six children and a legislator, I am sickened by the recent events in Connecticut. While there is no single solution to completely preventing this kind of horrific crime, I believe this bill is an important step in protecting our children and anyone who is at risk from the dangerously mentally ill.”

Current California law prevents anyone who has been judged by a court to be a danger to others due to a mental disorder or mental illness, or has been judged a mentally disordered sex offender, from owning or possessing a firearm. However, upon completion of treatment or at a later date the person can petition the court to issue a certificate saying they are approved to possess a firearm.

Senator Gaines’ bill will amend California law to permanently prohibit gun ownership for those people who met the conditions stated above. There would be no petitioning the courts for future firearm possession.

“Although California has the toughest gun laws in the nation, there is a loophole that must be closed for those determined by a court to be dangerously mentally ill,” said Gaines. “I hope everyone with any mental illness gets the treatment and rehabilitation they need to live a healthy and productive life. But if the court has ruled you are a danger to others, that’s it. That is your one strike. We are not going to pave the way for you to own a firearm ever again.”

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra and Siskiyou counties.

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  • CatherineDecember 21, 2012 - 9:56 am

    Not particularly useful. But he gets his name in the paper. If you look at the young men who have killed more than 2 people due to psychosis, not one would have fallen into this category. Mr. Gaines should focus on our misinterpreted LPS law, and implementing AB1421. Note the age of most of the shooters--over 18, and therefore their parents have no ability to get them protective care. What will it take for Ted Gaines and others to get it, a preschool shooting?

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  • Tim WrightDecember 22, 2012 - 3:42 pm

    Does this mean that Ted will be giving up his guns?

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  • RichardDecember 23, 2012 - 8:17 pm

    No, but it does mean that Sheriff John will continue to give out concealed weapons permits to many suffering from PTSD because their good republican supporters. And Gaines, hes just pushing another middle of the road do nothing gun use law.

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  • What a Joke!June 17, 2013 - 2:51 pm

    Here is how he is actually doing the opposite What a lying politician Gaines is! LINK - Gaines cover up arming the mentally ill"

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  • What a Joke!June 17, 2013 - 3:11 pm

    You hit the nail on the head Richard, but I drive it home in one swat!

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