According to Newsom, California is spending $11 million on programs to encourage wider adoption of “red flag” gun laws

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is spending $11 million on educational programs that encourage wider application of “red flag” laws aimed at temporarily removing guns from people deemed at risk of harming themselves or others, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday.

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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Laura Coffey

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