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September 2, 2015

Citing Isla Vista, Boxer to Introduce Gun Violence Prevention Measure

Boxer, right, could introduce her gun measure as early as next week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Boxer, right, could introduce her gun measure as early as next week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Citing the tragic shooting in Isla Vista, Calif., Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said she plans to introduce legislation that would provide families and persons close to potentially dangerous people with new options to prevent gun violence.

“It is haunting that the family of the gunman who committed this massacre in Isla Vista was desperate to stop a tragedy, and yet they lacked the tools to do so,” Boxer said in a release. “My bill would give families and associates who fear someone close to them could commit violence new tools to help prevent these tragedies.”

Boxer said her bill, which she could introduce as soon as next week, would allow families and others to go to court and seek a “gun violence prevention order” that would temporarily stop someone close to them who poses a danger to themselves or others from purchasing a firearm.

The measure comes after Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured 13 others in an attack near the University of California Santa Barbara.

The attack came despite concerns from his parents, who had police check on him earlier this year.

The bill would also help ensure that families and others could seek a “gun violence prevention warrant” that would allow law enforcement to take temporary possession of firearms that have already been purchased if a court determines that the individual poses a threat to themselves or others, according to the release.

In addition, the measure would help ensure that law enforcement makes full use of all existing gun registries when assessing a tip, warning or request from a concerned family member or other close associate.

But the measure’s chances of passage are unclear at best, given the fact that it would likely reopen the debate over gun control after an unsuccessful effort in the Senate last year.

The Isla Vista tragedy has also spurred some renewed interest in exploring the possibility of pushing for mental health legislation. But while those measures stand a better chance of becoming law, it’s uncertain if Congress would act before the November midterms.

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  1. Henry Ko

    May 31, 2014
    2:04 a.m.

  2. Russell Smith

    May 31, 2014
    6:43 p.m.

    when the final bell tolls, it will toll for her.

  3. TyrannyOfEvilMen

    May 31, 2014
    8:59 p.m.

    Had Senator Boxer taken the time to read this person’s manifesto, she would understand that he took a long time to plan his crime. Had his firearms been confiscated or had he been unable to purchase them, he likely would’ve adapted his plan to use a bigger car, a bigger knife or some other more destructive weapons.

    The only thing that could have prevented this tragedy would have been preemptive institutionalization.

  4. GI Joe

    May 31, 2014
    11:21 p.m.

    “Boxer said her bill, which she could introduce as soon as next week, would allow families and others to go to court and seek a “gun violence prevention order” that would temporarily stop someone close to them who poses a danger to themselves or others from purchasing a firearm.”

    “The bill would also help ensure that families and others…”

    “In addition, the measure would help ensure that law enforcement makes full use of all existing gun registries when assessing a tip, warning or request from a concerned family member or other close associate.”

    Wow. Such vague wording. “Families and others…”, “…concerned family member or other close associate”, “someone close to them”. What constitutes “others”? To what, exactly, does “other close associate” refer? A friend? A jilted lover? An angry co-worker? A neighbor who dislikes the subject because he plays music too loud? Someone close to them? How close? A relative? A “friend”? A neighbor?

    How can such a vague wording ever pass constitutional muster? Yet this is the garbage produced by our elected offal (sorry, I meant officials. Honest.).

  5. darrell_b8

    June 1, 2014
    10:47 p.m.

    If you are white; have a job; are married to a Female/Male; YOU ….and I mean YOU can not and I mean CAN NOT own a fire arm………….regardless of what it is for………….NO absolutely NO; YOU are a threat to ‘civilized society…….you white PRIVLEDGED pos……….

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    10:48 p.m.

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  7. left wing

    June 1, 2014
    11:59 p.m.

    boxer just doing the usual democratic party theft of freedom and enabling her beloved police state.

  8. Zere Ochs

    June 3, 2014
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  9. Rod Dainjer

    June 4, 2014
    2:22 p.m.

    In this related video, we find yet another violent crime foiled by a citizen with a concealed handgun: http://youtu.be/nDs-yGTdPFo

  10. Bob Simpson

    June 4, 2014
    7:55 p.m.

    You, Boxer, are a shinning example of what’s wrong with this country. You continuously do all you can to disarm Americans and leave them unable to defend themselves and their families, neighbors and friends. Until Californians wake up and throw people like you out of office, Californians will suffer with your radical, draconian ideas (that don’t work). You, Boxer, are as pathetic an example of the Marxist elected officials who exist in our country. A “POX” on you Boxer!

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    A message to liberals: You must cease your war against our sacred Constitution and our Bill of Rights.

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