What is a GVRO?
The Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO), also known as the Firearms Restraining Order (FRO), creates a mechanism for family members and household members to work with law enforcement to temporarily remove guns and prevent the purchase of new guns by individuals who pose a potential risk to themselves or others.
Modeled after the success of domestic violence restraining orders that are in place in all 50 states, the GVRO has the potential to stop a crisis situation from occurring.
The GVRO helps family members, household members, and law enforcement to protect a loved one who is in crisis by temporarily separating him or her from guns. It requires temporary removal of guns and ammunition from the subject of the petition and prohibits new purchases for the duration of the Order. This creates safer circumstances for the individual to seek treatment or other resources to address the underlying causes of their dangerous behaviors.
Why do we need a GVRO?
Family members, household members, and law enforcement who are concerned that an individual poses a threat to themselves or others can now access a Gun Violence Restraining Order.
A GVRO offers families and loved ones a judicial pathway for temporarily removing firearms and prohibiting future gun purchases for the duration of the order. Many categories of people are prohibited from purchasing or possessing guns in California. Some of these categories include individuals convicted of domestic violence and people involuntarily hospitalized for mental illness. Individuals experiencing mental health crisis who do not fall into one of these categories, however, are not prohibited from purchasing or possessing guns, even if a family member suspects that they are a danger to themselves or others