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California Launches Nation’s First-Ever Anti-Gun-Violence Office

A new Office of Gun Violence Prevention in California will reduce gun violence by keeping guns away from “dangerous individuals” and promoting research and data collection, the Washington Post reports.

The new office will support operations to seize firearms from dangerous people on the state’s database, the Armed and Prohibited Persons System. People with felony or violent misdemeanor convictions, restraining orders, or serious mental illness are all included on the list.

Experts told the Post that how much the new California body “can achieve” depends on decisions made by the Supreme Court related to gun control measures, since most measures may be checked or restricted by a recent Supreme Court ruling on a New York law that tried to control who can get a license to carry a hand-gun. 

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