California’s “gun violence restraining order” lets judges remove guns from from someone deemed a risk. Proponents say it will reduce suicides and other shootings by empowering family members to take away guns from someone they believe poses a danger. The
California law already allows police officers to seize any weapons found during a domestic violence incident and hold them for 48 hours; the new law gives officers the power to search someone's property if a judge issues a gun violence restraining order.
California isn’t the only state where new gun laws took effect Jan. 1. In Oregon, a person subject to a restraining order or convicted of certain domestic abuse offenses cannot have guns or ammunition.
And in Texas, licensed owners will be allowed to visibly carry holstered handguns without a special permit. Texas joins 44 other states that currently allow open carrying of guns. Not everyone, however, is onboard with the open-carry law: Three grocery store chains in Texas have said they will bar open carrying of weapons on their premises, and the pushback against the law has gathered attention under the