A controversial new law took effect in California on January 1, 2016, which allows the seizure of a person’s firearms without notice. The new law allows police and family members to petition the court for a gun violence restraining order. If granted, it permits the seizure of firearms within 24 hours of approval of the petition.
Gun seizure law modeled after domestic violence cases
Before the initial order expires, a judge will schedule a hearing to decide whether to terminate it, or extend it for as much as a year. The law also prevents persons who are the subject of a gun violence restraining order from purchasing guns or ammunition while the restraining order is in place. The law was adopted following the 2014 mass shooting near the campus of the University of California Santa Barbara, where Bill Rodgers killed 6 people and injured 14 others before turning a gun on himself.
If you’re facing a gun seizure, you need the assistance of a skilled defense attorney. Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Robert Helfend has practiced defense exclusively for more than 30 years in Southern California courts, including those in Los Angeles County. He can assist in your gun seizure case.
Seizure is a complicated legal question, especially when the subject of a restraining order hasn’t violated any laws. In this type of case, the court is being asked to act upon what “might” happen; the Court is being asked to infringe upon one of your most fundamental rights under the United States Constitution. Mr. Helfend has extensive experience in search and seizure cases, both at the state and federal levels.
California’s gun violence restraining order could deprive you of your Constitutional rights and privileges, even if you have not violated any federal or state laws. If you are facing action under California’s gun violence restraining order, you need the assistance of an experienced attorney who can defend you. Don’t allow the Court to unnecessarily deprive you of your fundamental 2nd Amendment rights. In the absence of a felony conviction on your record, you are legally entitled to exercise your 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms. If your 2nd Amendment rights are being threatened by California’s gun seizure laws, don’t enter the Courtroom without aggressive, competent legal representation.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County seizure case.
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