Elliot Rodgers Bill article - BILLS INSPIRED BY IV SHOOTINGS PASS THROUGH CA STATE LEGISLATURE A bill inspired by the shootings in the Isla Vista

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BILLS INSPIRED BY IV SHOOTINGS PASS THROUGH CA STATE LEGISLATURE A bill inspired by the shootings in the Isla Vista killings this past May, was passed by Senate members last week. The bill, titled “ Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013,” or H.R. 3717, has the intention of providing increased mental health care for those who are considered unstable. According to the U.S. Congress online, the bill directs certain state departments to devote increased time to mental health patients and provide them with increased care. It also ensures that those who are considered mentally ill will be provided health services by the state. It was passed by legislators on Aug. 22. An influential motivation for the bills was the killing spree that occurred this May in Isla Vista, the residential community next to the University of California, Santa Barbara. The killing spree, perpetrated by a 22-year-old student of Santa Barbara City College, left six dead and 13 injured, according to the Washington Post. The victims were attacked via firearm, stabbings and automobile, before the perpetrator took his own life. Another related bill authored by Los Angeles Assemblyman Das Williams has passed through legislature, according to the Assemblyman's website. This bill establishes a system in which law enforcement, family or close friends can report mental instability of an individual and thereby temporarily restrain their access to firearms. According to Williams’ website, this resolution would establish that a Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) may be signed by a judge, temporarily restricting a named person’s access to firearms.
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  • Fall '13
  • Vandermey
  • Firearm, Gun politics, Isla Vista, California, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

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