Senator Boxer Introducing "The Pause for Safety Act" to Empower Families Fearing Gun Violence

Washington, DC - In the wake of the tragic shootings in Isla Vista near the University of California, Santa Barbara last week, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today announced that she will be introducing legislation soon to help provide families and close associates of a potentially dangerous person with new options to help 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,” Senator Boxer said. “My bill would give families and associates who fear someone close to them could commit violence new tools to help prevent these tragedies.”  

The new legislation – The Pause for Safety Act – will include the following provisions: 

  • One, it would help ensure that families and others can go to court and seek a gun violence prevention order to temporarily stop someone close to them who poses a danger to themselves or others from purchasing a firearm.
  • Two, it would help ensure that families and others can also 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.
  • Three, it 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. 

Senator Boxer is pleased that similar legislation has been introduced in California by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) as well as state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara).  

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