These Counties Lead the State in Gun Violence Restraining Orders

Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs), or “red flag laws,” are one of the most important tools available to prevent gun violence in California. Utilization of GVROs is growing. From 2020 to 2023, the number of annual GVROs increased more than 118%.

GVROs can be requested by law enforcement, spouses or dating partners, family members, roomates, employers, coworkers, employees of a school the respondent attends, or someone who has a child in common with the respondent. GVROs are used to prevent dangerous or violent individuals from having, owning, or buying a firearm, firearm parts, ammunition or magazines. When a GVRO is issued by a court, police can be called to enforce the order, including by seizing any guns the person may have.

recent report from the California Attorney General’s Office shows which counties saw the most GVROs between 2016, when the law was enacted, and 2023. According to the report, just two counties – San Diego and Santa Clara – accounted for 44% of all GVROs issued from 2016 to 2023. 

Below is a list of the top 10 counties for Final GVROs issued per capita between 2016 and 2023.

Top 10 Counties for GVROs (2016-2023)

  1. San Diego (723)
  2. Santa Clara (194)
  3. Santa Cruz (109)
  4. Ventura (114)
  5. Santa Barbara (95)
  6. Kings (23)
  7. Napa and San Luis Obipso (22)
  8. Nevada (13)
  9. Sierra (1)

Read the full report here.


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