According to Dr. Garen Wintemute, champion of the Center for Violence Prevention Research Big Idea, closing the private sales loophole would make it more difficult for criminals to avoid creating a paper trail or for a prohibit a banned person from buying a firearm.
Researchers have found a link between a spike in handgun purchases that took place following the Sandy Hook shooting and the re-election of President Barack Obama, and injuries caused by firearms in California.
“Over and over again, from the records, what we saw is that law enforcement was able to intervene and remove firearms because they got a tip,” UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program director and Center for Violence Prevention Research champion Dr. Garen Wintemute said.
University of California-Davis medical school researchers published a study examining 21 cases in which gun violence restraining orders were obtained through the courts because of potential mass shooting threats. Lead author was Garen Wintemute, champion of the Center for Violence Prevention Research Big Idea.
Four years after California became one of the first states to expedite the removal of guns from people seen as a public danger by family members or law enforcement, its “red flag” law appears to be helping to reduce the chance of mass shootings, according to a study released Monday by the UC Davis School of Medicine.
Dr. Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program and champion of the Center for Violence Prevention Research, said that while extreme risk protection orders originally pertained to people at risk for suicide, he believes it could have some benefit when identifying possible mass shooters as well.