2016 Gun Violence Awareness Day

OAKLAND, CA - Today is Gun Violence Awareness Day. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley joins in the national movement to end gun violence in our county, state and nation.

'“It is tragic that we must dedicate a day to bring awareness to gun violence. Yesterday’s horrific shootings in Fremont, California and on the campus of UCLA make clear that we have much work to do,” says DA O’Malley.

In Alameda County, the District Attorney’s Office works with each of our local law enforcement agencies to keep put an end to gun violence. All too often, innocent lives are lost, families are torn apart and neighborhoods are terrorized by gunfire. Individuals in crisis or those struggling with mental illness or substance abuse may at times resort to gun violence. The outcomes have been devastating.

“In January of this year, a new law went into effect to authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and signed by Governor Brown in 2014,” explains DA O’Malley.

“The law allows immediate family member to seek restraining orders that temporarily prohibit gun possession by a loved they see engaging in dangerous or concerning behavior that creates a risk of harm to themselves or others. This law was written and enacted to save lives.”

Since the beginning of this year, 30 gun violence restraining orders have been issued by judges throughout the state of California. According to the department of justice, six are currently in effect. Certainly, lives have been saved. The impact of this law will be far-reaching.

In Alameda County, if you are in fear that an immediate family member presents a threat to himself or herself or to others, there are direct steps you can take to ensure that he or she is not able to possess or purchase a firearm. You may be saving many lives and preventing untold tragedy.

To obtain a gun violence restraining order, contact your local police department. Legal forms to be filed in court can be found at the California Courts website.


Posted on Jun 2, 2016