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The following article was posted on June 10th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 15, Issue 14 [ Submit a Story ]
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Political Watch 6/12/14

• On June 5, U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara) introduced The Pause for Safety Act, a bill that would encourage states to empower families and others with new tools to help prevent a tragedy if someone they are close to poses a threat to him- or herself or others. U.S. senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also introduced the bill to the Senate on June 5. A press release sent out by Capps’ office said the bill will would help ensure that family members could seek a gun violence prevention order through the court system in order to temporarily prevent someone who poses a threat to themselves or others from buying or possessing a gun. It would also enable law enforcement to obtain a warrant and step in should the court make the determination that someone does pose a threat to themselves or others. States that adopt the preventative measures would be eligible to receive federal funding under a grant program established under the bill. Capps said in the press release that Isla Vista was upended by the horrific act of violence that took place on May 23, resulting in six dead UCSB students. “We need responsible, common sense solutions so that we all feel safe in our homes and out in our communities,” Capps said in the release. “Far too often there are many red flags, but no one is able to connect the dots. This bill seeks to do just that.” Santa Barbara Democrats, State Assembly member Das Williams and State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson are working on a similar bill to introduce in the California Legislature.