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author: Pan
co-author: Baker


In 2014, California enacted a Gun Violence Restraining Order (GVRO) law, allowing law enforcement and family members to petition a court for a temporary firearm prohibition when a person is at risk of injury to self and others by accessing a firearm. These laws help prevent homicide and suicide, which contribute to the over 33,000 American deaths by guns each year. SB 536 allows certain researchers access to GVRO data, in order to better study the impacts of public policy on gun violence. (This bill is now law.)