New gun safety law was authored by Central Coast Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian

Jul 21, 2014

The California State Capitol Building in Sacramento.
Credit Jessica Paterson
     California has a new gun safety law, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Friday. Assembly Bill 1591, written by Central Coast Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo), will require that courts promptly submit reports of "armed prohibited persons" to the Department of Justice. Someone is considered "armed and prohibited" if they're determined to be a threat to themselves or others, due to a mental disorder or illness. "AB1591 is critical to improving gun safety in California," Achadjian said. "Especially in light of recent tragedies, any delay in reporting persons who are prohibited from owning guns is unacceptable. Timely reporting will help prevent future acts of gun violence and ensure that law-abiding citizens are protected."