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Bill aimed at reducing gun violence introduced in House and Senate by California lawmakers


A trio of top California politicians, including Central Coast Congresswoman Lois Capps, brought new legislation Thursday to both the U-S House and Senate aimed at reducing gun violence.

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced the Pause for Safety Act in the Senate, while Representative Capps (D-Santa Barbara) took the bill to the House. The legislation is designed to help ensure that family members can go to a court to seek a "gun violence prevention order."

The move would temporarily stop someone who poses a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing a gun, according to Capp's office.

"This important bill will allow families who see disturbing warning signs the ability to work with law enforcement and the courts so that they may intervene and better prevent acts of violence," Capps said in a press statement. "Far too often there are many red flags but no one is able to connect the dots. This bill seeks to do just that.”

On a statewide level, Santa Barbara Assemblyman Das Williams and State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson have introduced similar legislation in Sacramento.

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