California Law Lowers the Bar on Gun Confiscations

The Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, July 2-3, 2016

California Law Lowers the Bar on Gun Confiscations, by Zusha Elinson

“…authorities in California are using a new law designed to prevent the next mass shooting by temporarily confiscating guns from people considered a danger to themselves or others.

Under the confiscation law, which went into effect in January, California residents can lose their weapons without being convicted of a crime or being institutionalized.  Police or immediate family members must persuade a judge to sign a gun violence restraining order, which lasts up to 21 days but can be extended.  The law has so far been used to seize guns in 33 cases…”

See “sportsidioms.com” for explanations about low bars and high bars in track meets.  The metaphor in this title is derived from track and field sports: high bars are more difficult than low bars for people to jump over.

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