June is Gun Violence Awareness month, a fitting time to share a new tool with your officers which has the potential to prevent senseless and tragic gun deaths and injuries in our communities.

California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) allows law enforcement officers and family members to petition a court to temporarily remove firearms from an individual at risk for suicide or violence towards others. GVROs also temporarily prevent the purchase of additional firearms. From 2016-2018 there have been over 500 petitions which have resulted in a GVRO being granted, per estimates from California Dept. of Justice.  And, according to research conducted in Connecticut, where a similar law has been in place since 1999, one life was saved for every 10-20 orders. Given the fact that each year in California more than 3,000 people die by gun violence - over half of which are suicides - this tool gives us an opportunity to intervene in these tragedies.