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New program in S.F. would help remove guns from people who pose risk to themselves, others

San Francisco prosecutors are starting a program to help take firearms out of the hands of people who pose a risk to themselves or others, building on a statewide gun violence restraining order law that remains scarcely used in much of California.

California’s gun violence restraining order law, which took effect in 2016, allows police to temporarily seize firearms and ammunition from people who are deemed a threat to themselves or others. The process requires someone like the targeted person’s family member, teacher, employer or co-worker to file a gun violence restraining order with a court, where a judge holds a hearing on whether to grant or deny the request.

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