The money was included in the state budget he approved nearly a year ago, but the programs are now ramping up.
Newsom announced the funding on National Gun Violence Awareness Day and continued to promote California gun control efforts as a national model in response to recent mass shootings, including in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Uvalde, Texas; and Buffalo, New York.
California passed its red flag law in 2014 after a previous mass shooting. It allows police, family members and others to ask judges to approve so-called gun violence restraining orders that temporarily ban someone from owning firearms if they are determined to pose a risk to themselves or others.
Similar intervention programs exist in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
But a report last year by UC Davis Health’s Violence Prevention Research Program says most people don’t realize the orders are an option.
The new 18-month outreach program aims to expand their use.
It includes $5 million to local domestic violence organizations for outreach; $5 million for a nationwide education program, including for communities most at risk of gun violence, in multiple languages; and $1 million to expand an existing program in San Diego to provide education and training for prosecutors and law enforcement groups statewide.
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https://abc7.com/california-red-flag-guns-laws/11926218/ According to Newsom, California is spending $11 million on programs to encourage wider adoption of “red flag” gun laws