10.08.21 California adds ‘ghost guns’ to list of weapons seized under firearm restraining orders

Excerpted from KTLA

By Associated Press

California is adding a secretive but growing class of weapons to those that can legally be seized under gun violence restraining orders, under a bill Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Friday.

What also is known as a “red flag” law allows police along with family members, colleagues, employers and teachers to ask judges to take firearms from those they fear are a possible threat to themselves or others.

The new law includes what are known as “ghost guns” in the definition of what may be seized starting July 1, 2022. They are guns assembled from parts and so might not be registered or purchased through a dealer, as are other firearms that are legally owned.

The same expanded definition also applies to domestic violence restraining orders.

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris said her bill closes a loophole in the law by ensuring “that these readily available weapons which look and act like any other firearm are treated appropriately.”