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South Coast Congressman Co-Authors New Gun Control Effort

A Santa Barbara congressman is co-author of a new bipartisan bill intended to legally allow guns to be taken away from people facing a mental health crisis. The “Extreme Risk Protection Order Act” would allow family members, or law enforcement authorities to ask a judge to issue orders to temporarily take weapons from people who might pose a risk to themselves, or others.

It would also prevent people in extreme duress from being able to buy a gun.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara teamed up with three other congressmen to introduce the bill in the House of Representatives.

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is introducing a companion Senate version of the bill.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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