The California Legislature wants to expand the scope of people prohibited from owning firearms in the state.
On Monday, the Assembly passed AB 1968. The bill would apply to anyone who has been taken into custody and admitted to a facility more than once within a year because they are at risk of harming themselves or others due to a mental illness.
Under the bill, anyone falling into this category would be prohibited from from owning a firearm in California "for the remainder of his or her life." However, they would be able to file an appeal to the ruling every five years.
A second measure, AB 3129, would prohibit people convicted of certain domestic violence misdemeanors from ever possessing a gun.
"Half of all female homicide victims are killed by intimate partners," said the bill's author, Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park). "We must do more to ensure the safety of our survivors of domestic violence."