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San Jose Mercury: Study: CA 'Red Flag’ Law May Have Stopped 58 Gun Massacres

29% of red flag orders involved mass shooting threats

Source: San Jose Mercury

With Congress poised to expand red flag laws nationally in response to outrage over deadly mass shootings, a new study reveals how California’s six-year-old law is making an impact: It disarmed 58 people who were threatening a gun massacre.

The study by the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California-Davis is the first detailed description of California’s gun violence restraining order cases in the state since the law was enacted in 2016.

... The law has been used more often in California since it was enacted, from 86 orders in 2016 to 1,110 in 2019, according to its author, Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco.