GVRO = Gun Violence Restraining Order
With gun violence and mass murders becoming so commonplace in our society, it is easy to become discouraged. When the San Diego City Attorney’s office contacted the League about sponsoring a presentation and training session on Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVRO), our League realized that we could make a positive impact on reducing gun violence in North County.
What is GVRO? It is civil restraining order that prevents dangerous individuals from controlling, accessing, purchasing and possessing firearms and ammunition. Mara Elliott, SD City Attorney, has launched California’s most successful Gun Violence Restraining Order Program. Her office was selected by the state to conduct trainings for law enforcement agencies throughout California. The League’s Community Safety and Guns Committee and the Women’s Issues Group are spearheading this meeting. Besides encouraging our members to attend, we will invite representatives from our local city governments and schools.
What is GVRO? It is civil restraining order that prevents dangerous individuals from controlling, accessing, purchasing and possessing firearms and ammunition.
The California law, which took effect in 2016, allows family members or law enforcement officers to seek a GVRO against someone they believe poses an “immediate and present danger” of harming themselves or others. This law was passed in the wake of a mass murder in Isla Vista where six individuals were killed. According to the San Diego City’s Attorney’s office, this process appears to be underutilized in California. The attorneys will explain ways to apply the law, describe the process for obtaining a GVRO, and address complex issues concerning domestic violence, juveniles and individuals with neurological disorders, including dementia and Alzheimer’s. If our communities use the GVROs to prevent gun violence, how many lives will be saved?