DA Offers Gun Violence Restraining Order Training

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Marin County District Attorney Lori Frugoli.

July 25 session at Civic Center targeted to specific audiences

The Marin County District Attorney’s Office is hosting a gun violence restraining order training to educate the community about an unde­rutilized law which helps remove firearms from those who pose a danger to them­selves or others. The training will be presented by the San Diego City Attorney’s Of­fice.

The half-day training July 25 is targeted toward those who work in all forms of law enforcement, crisis interven­tion, school administration, medical care, or municipal law (town, city, or county at­torneys).

As the first statewide champion for gun violence restraining orders, the San Diego City Attorney’s Office was selected by the state to conduct trainings to selected audiences throughout Cali­fornia. The law, which took effect in 2016, allows family members or law enforcement officers to seek such a re­straining order against some­one they believe poses an immediate and present dan­ger of harming themselves or others. The law was passed in the wake of a 2014 mass killing in the Santa Barbara County town of Isla Vista in which six people died.

Using case studies, the trainers explain ways to ap­ply the law and describe the process for obtaining a gun violence restraining order. The training will address complex issues about do­mestic violence, contacting juveniles, and handling in­dividuals with neurological disorders (including demen­tia and Alzheimer’s disease). A significant amount of time is devoted to issuing search warrants and seizing firearms from a legal and officer per­spective.

“This is important infor­mation not just for law en­forcement and attorneys but for crime victims and those who work for community-based organizations,” said Marin County District At­torney Lori Frugoli. “A gun violence restraining order is one of many safety options for those who are concerned that a person may harm themselves or others with a firearm.”

The training is set for 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thurs­day, July 25, at the Marin County Board of Supervi­sors chamber. The chamber is Suite 330 inside the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Ra­fael. RSVP online or direct questions to the DA’s Office at (415) 473-6450.

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