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When a mass shooting is carried out or attempted by someone whose behavior has raised red flags in the past, it’s often said that preventive measures should have been taken sooner. Starting today, it’s easier to make that happen in California.

A new state law allows teachers, other school staff, employers and co-workers to seek a court order to have a person’s gun removed from their possession for anywhere from three weeks to five years if they’re found to be a danger to themselves or others. Until now, only police or immediate family members could seek such an order.

The law’s expansion was written by State Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco. “It makes sense to give the people we see every day the power to intervene and prevent tragedies,” he said.

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Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


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