It's amazing that it was not already a law. Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the new safety measure.
The legislation - the first such measure in the United States - was introduced after police near Santa Barbara said they were unable to confiscate weapons from a man who later went on a rampage and killed six people, despite concern from his family he was in poor mental health and might become violent [...]
immediate family members and law enforcement agencies could ask a judge to order guns temporarily removed from certain individuals.The restraining order would last 21 days, and could be extended up to a year, after a notice and a hearing.
The original proposal for the law can be seen here: Amongst the many obvious reasons put forward in the proposal for having such a statewide law (safety, safety and safety) there was also this very telling part:
Reduce public confusionThe committee reviewed existing procedures and noted that many courts have no procedure to review whether the restrained person relinquished his or her firearm as ordered. The public’s confusion over the court’s responsibility and lack of court follow-up on the firearm relinquishment order could pose a serious threat to the safety of the public at large and the protected persons. A statewide rule would also provide consistent information to the restrained person regarding compliance with the court’s order.
"The public's confusion" is the diplomatic way of saying something more honest and inflammatory like the public's disbelief or the public's anger or the public outcry for sanity. It is just a part of the whole but, it speaks to the importance of people organizing–even around tragedy–even in anger and disbelief.